12.26.2004

Minor League deals

Forgot to note a dozen minor league signings from Dec. 14th. The biggest signing was Jeff Fassero, 41, LHP, who has pitched 14 years, for Alou from 92-96. Others include pitchers Armando Almanza, Brian Cooper, Matt Kinney, Jeremy Fikac, Brandon Puffer, and Brandon Villafuerte, catcher Yamid Haad, infielders Julio Cordido and Donaldo Mendez, and outfielders Doug Clark and Julio Ramirez. Julio Cordido and Doug Clark played in the minors for SF last season, Brian Cooper played for SF in 2004 but I think he was elsewhere for 2005. I was surprised by Villafuerte, I thought he had done well for the Padres (and he did, his stats looked good from his time with them, but he was bad with D-Backs...). Only he and Fassero look promisingly to make the bullpen, but they'll be battling Franklin and probably Foppert, Hennessey, and Correia for the two bullpen spots open.

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