Morillo On Waivers

April 16, 2009 | 5:33 pm | 5  

Right-handed pitcher Juan Morillo’s life in limbo led to him being placed on waivers on Thursday.

By Monday the Rockies will know whether they can keep Morillo in their farm system.

Morillo was designated for assignment a week ago, opening a roster spot for right-hander Jason Hammel, a late spring addition from Tampa Bay. That gave the Rockies 10 days to deal with Morillo’s contract.

In the first week Morillo was on the market the Rockies had brief conversations with a couple teams, but no firm offer was made. Now Morillo is available to any team in baseball through Monday afternoon. If he is claimed the Rockies will receive $20,000.

If Morillo goes unclaimed the Rockies plan to assign him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

5 Comments »

  • Jim | April 17, 2009 | 7:33 am

    If Juan is claimed, what is the claiming team obliged to do? Must he be on their major league roster? Can the claiming team turn around and trade him?

  • Ryan | April 17, 2009 | 9:15 am

    Jim, Juan is out of option so in order for a team to send him to their AAA he would have to pass through waivers again, similar to what the Rangers tried to do with Joe Koshansky. If they could trade him they would be able to, though any team attempting to do so would run into the same problem the Rockies had. No one is going to trade for someone who they know will be hitting the waivers soon.

  • ds | April 17, 2009 | 12:33 pm

    how was it that joe koshansky was sent to AAA with the Brewers? if the Rockies wanted to get him back, could he be picked up if the Brewers put him back on waivers?

  • Tracy Ringolsby | April 17, 2009 | 1:12 pm

    Jim, yes they would trade him. And maybe a team that wouldn’t make a deal with the Rockies, thinking it could get Morillo on waivers, would be inclined to make a deal if he is claimed. The return, however, wouldn’t probably be too much.

  • Tracy Ringolsby | April 17, 2009 | 1:13 pm

    The Rockies could have reclaimed him on waivers when Texas asked waivers. They had a priority over the Brewers, but they would have been back in the same situation. They would have had to put him on waivers, again, because there is no room at the big-league level. They also would have had to drop someone from the 40-man roster to make temporary move for the waiver claim.