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Messenger re-signed ???


I just heard that Messenger signed a minor league contract with the Giants.

Has anybody else heard this - is it true ?
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where'd you hear that? knbr?

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Yeah, it was on KNBR during the broadcast.
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That's.... odd. I'm not knowledgable regarding minor league contracts and releases and rules and such. Is there any advantage to let someone walk and then resign them a couple days later...?

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That's.... odd. I'm not knowledgable regarding minor league contracts and releases and rules and such. Is there any advantage to let someone walk and then resign them a couple days later...?



he probably asked for his release and nobody claimed him so he accepted a minor league deal
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Fatal is probably correct (since he had an option year left, he didn't have to pass through waivers). An advantage though is that he is no longer on the 40-man roster. At this point in ST (with "fat" rosters still) I think that "releasing" a guy with bad peripherals is much more likely to pass than outrighting him ("we want to keep him and send him to the minors, but take him off our 40-man"). It could have also been a "gentleman's agreement" with Messy : he thinks he is worth more than AAA, the Giants tell him that they'll "release" him (allowing other teams to claim him). If nobody claims him, the Giants will offer him a minor league contract.

Anyhow, that opens up a spot on the 40-man roster, which now has 37 guys. That allows the Giants to sign or trade for whomever in the next couple of months without worrying too much about the 40-man. It also allows them to promote whoever is needed during the season (say ... a young SS to take Omar's place on opening day).

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Oh, and might this also means that Messanger still has one option year left if he spends the entire year in the minors (and not on the 40-man) ?? He won't be "on optional assignment" to the minors this year (because he's not on the 40-man) - he'll just be a minor league player.
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Messenger re-signed ???


Good stuff. Thanks guys

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