Optioned RHP Carlos Torres to Charlotte (Triple-A); purchased the contract of LHP Chris Sale from Charlotte. [8/4]
Activated 4C-L Mark Teahen from the 15-day DL; optioned 1B/3B-R Dayan Viciedo to Charlotte. [8/13]
Placed LHP Matt Thornton on the 15-day DL (elbow), retroactive to 8/18; placed RHP J.J. Putz on the 15-day DL (knee); activated LHP Erick Threets from the 15-day DL; recalled RHP Lucas Harrell from Charlotte. [8/25]
Placed LHP Erick Threets on the 15-day DL (torn UCL, elbow); recalled RHP Carlos Torres from Charlotte. [8/28]
Claimed DH-R Manny Ramirez off waivers from the Dodgers; transferred RHP Jake Peavy from the 15- to the 60-day DL. [8/30]
Optioned RHP Carlos Torres to Charlotte; activated DH-R Manny Ramirez. [8/31]
Recalled C-R Tyler Flowers and OF-L Alejandro De Aza from Charlotte; purchased the contract of RHP Gregory Infante from Birmingham; designated RHP Clevelan Santeliz for assignment. [9/1]
Outrighted RHP Clevelan Santeliz to Charlotte. [9/2]
Activated LHP Matt Thornton from the 15-day DL; purchased the contract of 3B-R Brent Morel from Charlotte; transferred LHP Erick Threets from the 15- to the 60-day DL. [9/3]
Recalled RHP Carlos Torres and 1B/3B-R Dayan Viciedo from Charlotte. [9/7]
Activated RHP J.J. Putz from the 15-day DL. [9/9]
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Placed RHP David Hernandez on the 15-day DL (sprained ankle); purchased the contract of RHP Armando Gabino from Norfolk (Triple-A). [8/5]
Optioned LHP Troy Patton to Norfolk; recalled C-R Craig Tatum from Norfolk. [8/9]
Activated OF-R Lou Montanez from the 15-day DL, and optioned him to Norfolk. [8/13]
Placed RHP Jason Berken on the 15-day DL (shoulder inflammation), retroactive to 8/13; recalled RHP Rick VandenHurk from Norfolk. [8/16]
Activated RHP Jim Johnson from the 60-day DL; optioned RHP Armando Gabino to Norfolk; transferred RHP Jason Berken from the 15- to the 60-day DL. [8/27]
Recalled 1B-R Brandon Snyder and OF-R Nolan Reimold from Norfolk; purchased the contract of MI-R Robert Andino from Norfolk; designated OF-R Lou Montanez for assignment. [9/1]
Recalled RHP Chris Tillman from Norfolk. [9/5]
Recalled LHP Troy Patton from Norfolk; recalled LHP Pedro Viola from Bowie (Double-A); activated RHP David Hernandez from the 15-day DL; outrighted OF-R Lou Montanez to Norfolk. [9/7]
Placed RHP Vicente Padilla on the 15-day DL (bulging disk - neck), retroactive to 8/16; recalled RHP Travis Schlichting from Albuquerque (Triple-A). [8/20]
Activated LF-R Manny Ramirez from the 15-day DL; designated INF-R Juan Castro for assignment. [8/21]
Placed RHP Travis Schlichting on the 15-day DL (shoulder); activated RHP Jeff Weaver from the 15-day DL; claimed C-R Rod Barajas from the Mets off waivers. [8/22]
Activated C-R Rod Barajas; optioned C-R A.J. Ellis to Albuquerque. [8/24]
Noted the loss of LF-R Manny Ramirez on a waiver claim by the White Sox; recalled RHP Ramon Troncoso from Albuquerque. [8/30]
Activated RHP Vicente Padilla and SS-S Rafael Furcal from the 15-day DL; recalled C-R A.J. Ellis from Albuquerque. [9/3]
Recalled RHPs John Ely and Jon Link and MI-R Chin-lung Hu from Albuquerque; purchased the contracts of 1B-R John Lindsey and UT-R Russ Mitchell from Albuquerque; transferred C-R Russell Martin from the 15- to the 60-day DL. [9/6]
Purchased the contract of OF-L Trent Oeltjen from Albuquerque; designated INF-R Ronnie Belliard for assignment. [9/7]
Released INF-R Ronnie Belliard. [9/9]
Traded RHP Octavio Dotel to the Rockies for a PTBNL. [9/18]
Traded OF-R Preston Mattingly to the Indians for OF-L Roman Pena. [9/26]
Disappointments about in all three instances, but is there any good news to be found?
Obvious Good Move: You want a good move from a team that is giving Mike Hampton a last chance? It used to be that this sort of desperate effort to hang on was the butt of jokes in venues as obvious as Tank McNamara, when it made light of Steve Carlton's unwillingness to give up 25 years ago. OK, let's see... how about cutting Bobby Crosby? I figure a few A's fans might get a contact high from that.
Obvious Good Move: Slipping Aroldis Chapman onto the active roster. Think K-Rod 2002 without the roster chicanery. Think Livan Hernandez in '97 or David Price in 2008, since he's good enough to shut the door or get something started. If anything goes wrong with any component of the staff, the hard-slinging Cubano has the potential to dominate.
Rounding out the NL East and turning the antics in Wrigleyville.
Obvious Good Move: Nothing in particular. With so many of the usual suspects summoned up for their third or fourth or fifth spin in Wrigleyville, it isn't like these guys don't know their way around the cramped clubhouse, or the names of the guys already here. Maine might come in handy as an extra lefty, but his rates at Iowa were bass-ackwards. Welington Castillo should get a few more reps behind the plate with Soto done for 2010, not least because there's something sort of depressing about the proposition that Koyie Hill could end up starting a third of your team's games behind the plate, but also because Castillo is a decent prospect who's up after a slugly season for the I-Cubs, with a .243 ISO while gunning down 39 percent of opposing base thieves (to accentuate the positive).
Obvious Good News: Getting O'Flaherty back from the DL provides Bobby Cox with a second lefty he's come to trust, now and into October-if the Braves get there-although it's worth noting that Dunn has been effective in a low-leverage role, if as wild and frightening as Kimbrel was in his previous stints. Speaking of Kimbrel, he's been exceptional since his return, striking out 12 of 16 batters faced, allowing a lone hit-and going walk-free.
As the scoreboard programmer for the Trenton Thunder in their inaugural season (1994), one of my daily tasks was to enter in player averages from the compiled statistics faxed to us from the Howe News Bureau. Before I did this, there was one statistic that my fellow press-box compatriots and I craved above all us: the attendance standings. Every day, we wanted to see if we were beating the other two Eastern League franchises with new stadiums: the Portland Sea Dogs and the Bowie Baysox. The memory of these daily quests for the attendance standings recently got me thinking about the drivers of baseball attendance.