A few minor-league signings for a Saturday night, which is a great place to dump some news about guys you’ve never heard of and likely never will again. Why? Because it’s November 16, that’s why.
* Earlier this week, catcher J.C. Boscan signed a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training, aka, “remember last year when it was all Ramon Castro this and Jesus Flores that?” Boscan turns 34 the day after Christmas, and spent most of his 17 (!!) minor league seasons in the Atlanta organization before spending last year in Triple-A with the Cubs. He’s made it in 17 big-league games total, seeing playing time in each of the last four seasons with Atlanta & Chicago, and it was a kind of interesting story when he finally made it to the bigs in 2010. As you might have guessed, he cannot hit in any way (.223/.308/.304 in the minors) and exists only to add some spring training depth and as insurance in case the out-of-options Drew Butera somehow doesn’t make it through waivers.
* 28-year-old four-corners guy Jamie Romak has also joined the organization, with a July 1 opt-out. He’s gone unclaimed in the Rule V draft at least once, and has never made it to the bigs, so that should tell you something about him. He hit 22 homers for St. Louis’ Triple-A team last year, along with a ton of strikeouts, but the Albuquerque roster is so thin that having someone with positional flexibility is worthwhile.
* Another signing: reliever Justin Souza, an eight-year veteran of the Seattle, Oakland, and Detroit organizations, who turned 28 last month. He was, um, once traded for Jack Hannahan! So.. there’s that! Souza started out in Double-A last year, moved up to Triple-A, but was so awful (10.29 ERA in 12 games), that he went right back. So… there’s also that.
* Juan Gonzalez — not that one, sadly — is also in the mix after seven years in the Colorado organization. The righty reliever is only 24 in April, so there’s youth there, but hasn’t made it out of Double-A yet, and doesn’t appear to have strikeout stuff.
* This one’s a little older, but former Cleveland prospect Fabio Martinez was signed several weeks ago. He’s got almost no ability to hit the plate, though he’s at least a semi-interesting project, as Chad Moriyama detailed.
We’ll keep track of the NRIs in our organizational depth chart. At the moment, only Boscan has been confirmed to get a camp invite.