The Jays took Vernon Wells, Troy Glaus, Davis Romero and Gustavo Chacin off the DL yesterday and had to drop someone from the 40-man roster. The casualty was Hector Luna, who was designated for assignment. Now he has to pass through waivers and then the Jays can release him or see if he’ll accept being sent to AAA.
It’s too bad if Luna has to go, because has a ton of natural talent and the ability to play every single position. He’s the kind of guy you could keep around on the bench forever and hope he blooms. But the Jays would prefer a lefty for that role and already have Russ Adams and Joe Inglett in the mix as well as Ray Olmedo. This move had to be in mind when they picked up Pedro Lopez from the Reds a few weeks ago.
Update: The Jays filled the spot on the 40-man roster open from Luna and releasing John Ford Griffin by picking up Cody Haerther, off waivers. He is a much younger 4th outfielder type who has been in AA for a little too long but was really just blocked by too many good fringey outfielders in the St. Louis organization.
More: Luna cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA. With the acquisition of Marco Scutaro, it will take a breakthrough or another flood of injuries for him to crack the roster next season.
More: Then the Jays tried to sneak Haerther back through waivers and designated him for assignment (just like St. Louis did) and they lost him back to St. Louis. Oh well. It only cost us 25 grand. Umm. Boy things are out of whack when that means nothing.