2008 Opening Day Rosters, Who’s In and Who’s Out?

I love opening day rosters. I love the random ballplayers who get on, and the players who come back after missing a year. Here are some notes and players who made (and who didn’t make) their respective teams.

Jay Gibbons Released


So, what does a lot of money taste like, Baltimore? Hopefully it does not taste like Jay Gibbons. They pay 11.9 million dollars for the next two years. But he hit .186 in ST, had a 10-day suspension for steroids, and was going sour on Orioles management. How you do that on that bad of a team, I do not know, but Jay Gibbons did. He got beaten out by Scott Moore for god’s sake..

Other teams that have to pay lots of money: Cleveland with RP Aaron Fultz, Cincinnati with RP Mike Stanton, and Houston with SP Woody Williams. Also, benching high-priced players like Angels CF Gary Matthews Jr. and CF Juan Pierre gathers lots of notice as well.

Matt Murton odd man out of the Cubs


With as many decent players as the Cubs have, they suck at making rosters. What other team in the right mind would go with Mike Fontenot and Ronny “out-machine” Cedeno over Matt Murton? Kosuke Fukudome also projects to be another Matt Murton, so wouldn’t you rather have two Matt Murtons and Fontenot than a Matt Murton (Fuks-K), Fontenot, and a really shitty player in Ronny Cedeno for their Opening Day roster? Good god, no wonder why they haven’t had a World Series in 100 years, stuff like this always happens to them. When you have Major League talent in your system that is not garbage like Ronny Cedeno, maybe you should take advantage of it, Chicago. They have a lot of better players than Cedeno.

Read more for more transaction-a-riffic commentary, and a rundown of who’s in and out of the roster of all thirty teams!

Claudio Vargas also released


I wonder where Claudio Vargas will go. He was the odd man out in the Brewers, and it seems that the Brews do not need him as they have other talented pitchers in their staff. Also, he was in one of those contracts where they only had to pay about $800,000 (I think?). But beyond that, I have no clue where he will end up. Eventually, someone will want him.

Marcus Giles gone


This is important because man, the colossal fall of Marcus Giles sucks. I like the little brother of the Brian Giles. Unfortunately, Marcus has not been good in the past half year due to injuries, and his play has suffered, and he’s been released by the Rockies. Oh well.

So, who made each team’s roster, and who missed out (minus players on DL and A-ballers who would have never made the teams anyways without showing impressive stuff)

Arizona: Out: OF Trot Nixon (sad face), RP Dustin Nippert (traded to Rangers), RP Billy Buckner In: OF Alex Romero. Also, Doug Davis has Thyroid Cancer. That sucks so much.

Atlanta: Out: SP Tyler Yates (traded to Pirates), OF Joe Borchard, Josh Anderson, 1B Scott Thorman, SP Buddy Carlyle, C Javy Lopez In: Cs Corky Miller and Branyan Pena, OF Gregor Blanco, INF Ruben Gotay

Baltimore: Out: OF Jay Gibbons, OF Tike Redman, RP Jon Liecester, 3B Mike Costanzo In: OF Scott Moore, SP Steve Trashcel

Boston: Out: OF Brandon Moss, C Doug Mirabelli, 2B Keith Ginter, SP Bartolo Colon, C George Kottaras In: C Kevin Cash, SP David Aardsma

Chi. Cubs: Out: OF Matt Murton, 1B Micah Hoffpauir, OF Eric Patterson, Josh Kroeger, INF Alex Cintron, SP Sean Marshall, RP Shingo Takatsu, Neal Cotts, C Koyie Hill In: OF Reed Johnson, UTILs Ronny Cedeno and Mike Fontenot, RP Kevin Hart, RP Carmen Pignatiello

Chi. White Sox: Out: INF Josh Fields, SP Tomo Ohka, no one else surprising In: Alexi Casilla, Juan Uribe

Cincinnati: Out: OF Jay Bruce, SP Homer Bailey, RP Jon Coutlangus, Bill Bray, Gary Majewski, 2B Jerry Hairston Jr. In: SP Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez, RPs Kent Mercker, Mike Lincoln, OF Corey Patterson

Cleveland: Out: RP Aaron Fultz, Tom Mastny, Rick Bauer, OF Andy Gonzalez, 2B Josh Barfield, Ben Francisco In: RP Craig Breslow, 2B Andy Marte, RP Jorge Julio

Colorado: Out: 2B Marcus Giles, 3B Ian Stewart UTIL Matt Kata, OF Cory Sullivan, Seth Smith, RP Josh Towers In: OF Scott Podsednik, SPs Micah Bowie, Mark Redman

Detroit: Out: RP Tim Byrdak, RP Matt Mantei In: UTIL Brandon Inge, P Aqulino Lopez, OF Clete Thomas

Florida: Out: OF Cameron Maybin, 3B Jose Castillo, Dallas McPherson RP Ross Wolf In: SP Rick VandenHurk, 3B Jorge Cantu

Houston: Out: SP Woody Williams, Jack Cassel, Runelvys Hernandez, OF David Newhan, Reggie Abercrombie Humberto Quintero In: OF Jose Cruz, SP Wes Wright, INF Tomas Perez

Kansas City: Out: SPs Hideo Nomo, Luke Hochevar, Kyle Davies1B Justin Huber (t0 Padres), RP Mike Maroth, Jorge De La Rosa, Chin-Hui Tsao, In: C Matt Tupman, OF Joey Gathright, SP Brett Tomko, Ramon Ramirez
(lols at Tomko and Nomo battling it out)

LA Angels: Out: 1B Kendry Morales, SS Brandon Wood, SP Nick Ardenhart, RP Alex Serrano, In: RPs Rich Thompson, Jason Bulger, Darren O’Day

LA Dodgers: Out: RP Eric Hull, Tom Martin, OF Jason Repko, SP Eric Stults In: 3B Blake Dewitt, OF Chin-Lung Hu

Minnesota: Out: SP Francisco Liriano, Phil Humber, INF Alexi Casilla, OF Denard Span, Jason Pridie In: OF Carlos Gomez, INF Matt Tolbert, SP Brian Bass

Milwaukee: Out: SP Claudio Vargas, RP Chris Narveson, C Eric Munson In: OF Gabe Kapler

NY Mets: Out: 2B Ruben Gotay, Jose Valentin, OF Fernando Martinez, SP Tony Armas In: OF Brady Clark, Angel Pagan, C Raul Casanova, RP Eddie Kunz

NY Yankees: Out: SP Kei Igawa In: 3B Morgan Ensberg, INF Shelley Duncan, RP Ross Ohlendorf, Jonathan Albaladejo

Oakland: Out: OF Jeff Fiorentino, 2B Brooks Conrad, SP Joey Devine In: OF Chris Denorfia, Ryan Sweeney, RP Keith Foulke, SP Fernando Hernandez

Philly: Out: RP JD Durbin, SP Kris Benson, Travis Blackeley In: no one surprising

Pittsburgh: Out: SP Josh Sharpless, Jaret Wright, Elmer Dessens, SS Josh Wilson, Brian Bixler OF Steve Pearce (stupid), Andrew McCutchen In: 1B Doug Mientkiewicz, 2B Luis Rivas

San Diego: Out: SP Shawn Estes, INF Craig Stansberry, OF Chase Headley In: UTIL Callix Crabbe, OF Jody Gerut, SP Glendon Rusch

San Fran: Out: RP Steve Kline, Scott Williamson In: C Steve Holm, 2B Brian Bocock, RP Jack Taschner

Seattle: Out: RP RA Dickey, Brandon Morrow, SP Horacio Ramirez, C Jeff Clement OF Jeremy Reed In: Cha-Seung Baek, UTIL Mike Morse

St. Louis: Out: UTIL D’Angelo Jiminez, OF Colby Rasmus, Juan Gonzalez In: INF Rico Washington, RP Ron Villone, OF Brian Barton, SP Kyle Lohse

Tampa Bay: Out: 3B Evan Longoria, C Josh Paul (dropped ball), RP Grant Balfour In: 1B Eric Hinske (wtf)

Texas: Out: C Saltalamacchia, OF Nelson Cruz, Chris Shelton, INF Edgardo Alfonzo, SP Kameron Loe, Sidney Ponson, Elizardo Ramirez In: C Adam Melhuse, P Franklyn German, P Jamey Wright

Toronto: Out: OF Reed Johnson, Buck Coats, Adam Lind, RP Armando Benitez, C Sal Fasano : ( , In: OF Shannon Stewart, RP Randy Wells

Washington: Out: 2B Bret Boone, RP Mike O’Connor, SP John Patterson In: RP Chris Schroeder, Ray King, OF Willie Harris, C Jesus Flores, SP Odalis Perez

Comment if I missed anybody.


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