Thanks to all who left comments for Spiff Jr. on yesterday's post. He really enjoyed me reading them to him. Ya'll made his day.
So the Rangers are looking to shake up things a bit it seems. The day before yesterday they designated Joaquin Arias for assignment. Joaquin is shown here on an autographed 2007 Moments & Milestones card. To replace Arias Texas called up Alex Cora from Triple A. Alex is Joey's brother and was released by the Mets earlier this season. When he was released he was batting .207 on the season with a .265 on base percentage. That is not as good as Arias' .276 average and .290 on base percentage.
Where Arias has gotten himself in trouble is his fielding. He just hasn't been the same since he blew out his shoulder in Spring Training in 2007. As a result he can only play a limited number of positions because of his weak shoulder. In addition Joaquin is a tad fragile and has taken several trips to the Disabled List this season, mostly for his back. Probably the finishing touch is that Cora's .989 fielding percentage on the season is slightly better than Arias' .983.
Not sure what I think of the move. Hopefully it works out and Arias can either land on his feet somewhere or get it back together in the minors.