He did well last year, I personally am kinda surprised about this move. Yes, he was terrible a couple days ago, there is no question about that. However, he has had success in the past and you have to believe that he would right his own ship eventually. Most all relievers go through rough patches, even the best.
IMO, this seemed like a knee jerk reactionary move. I hope they didn't do this just so the fans could see a head roll for the slow start
"Mills is out of options also"
When they sent him down in April they optioned him. So they must have the ability to option him this year.
"I still think that Santana is on a short leash"
I don't see how. That would move Richards into the rotation. Leaving us with a huge drop off (Bell, Mills, Shoemaker) if somebody in the rotation goes down with a major injury.
>>Thompson will not be missed, except by the fans in the outfield seats that like collecting free baseballs.<<
5 homers in 44 games and 56 innings last year. Yeah, he was a home run machine.
>>Sorry Mike, Jerry just removed another favorite tinker toy that you won't be using anymore.<<
Last year was the first year Scioscia ever gave him more than 20 innings. What a huge favorite of Mike's. Just couldn't stop using him for all these seasons now.
Of course, never mind that the only reason he got so many innings last year is that he was pretty decent and it's not like there were better options sitting around in the pen.
Seriously, so many posters on this board are clowns.
"When they sent him down in April they optioned him. So they must have the ability to option him this year." (Mills)------------------------------------
An option is a call up on a roster past a certain # of days allowed, typically 15 days for a regular player max, 20 days for a pitcher I believe. The 15 days is typical for a 15 day DL stint as a replacement player, pitchers get longer because they wouldn't be able to pitch in every game.
If a player is called up for any time longer than the allotted time in a year, its an option used up. A team can call up a player 3 times over 3 seasons without penalty. The fourth time he is called up he is out of options.
Mills had already been called up 3 times by Toronto before he was traded to the Angels. Spring Training doesn't count as roster time, so they had the option of holding him back. This is the fourth call up, so he'll be out of options if he stays past a certain # of days.
People seem to be overlooking the fact that Thompson did a terrific job for the Angels in 2010 AND 2011. Before that, he was pretty bad.
They're treating him as though he's been horrible all along.
I somehow missed THAT stat. :(
Well, it looks like the A's have seen enough...
"The Athletics have designated Rich Thompson for assignment, the team announced. The move creates room on the 40-man roster for Jim Miller, who was recalled from Triple-A.
Thompson, 27, was claimed off waivers from the Angels last week. He faced three batters during his brief time with Oakland, allowing a single in between two outs. The Angels designated the Australian-born right-hander for assignment after he allowed four runs in his first 2 1/3 innings of the season. Thompson pitched to a 3.00 ERA with 9.3 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 54 innings last season and is out of options, meaning he can't be sent to the minor without first clearing waivers." - MLBtraderumors
Wow. He faced three batters and allowed a hit.
That's certainly a good reason to basically dump him. :(
He certainly was nothing more than a very brief stopgap for the A's, wasn't he?
>>Wow. He faced three batters and allowed a hit.<<
It's even worse than that. The A's brought him in with the bases loaded and one out to face Paul Konerko, AJ Pierzynski, and Alex Rios - all of whom are hitting .340 this season playing full time.
He got the first out, then allowed a grounder up the middle which scored the guy on third, then got the third out.
And then was released. Not exactly a terrible performance. I wonder if his velocity is down or something, which is the only thing I can think of that teams would be cutting him so quickly.