Old Faces, New Places
While Jason Bay (’01) is easily the most notable former LumberKing to change teams, he’s not the only former Clinton player who will be settling in to new digs in 2010.
Bay’s four-year, $66 million deal with the New York Mets is certainly the headliner. The ’01 LumberKing hit .267 with a career-high 36 homers and 119 RBI with Boston last year, but Theo Epstein’s four-year offer apparently wasn’t sweet enough to keep Bay on Yawkey Way.
Never fear for the Red Sox, not only did they get John Lackey, Adrian Beltre and Mike Cameron, but they also replaced Bay with another former LumberKing. On November 25, the Sox swung a deal that sent cash to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for infielder Tug Hulett (’05).
Boston becomes the fourth organization already for the young Hulett, who hit .265 with 70 runs scored and 20 steals for the ’05 LumberKings. He debuted two seasons ago with Seattle and was traded to the Royals last winter. Hulett has combined to hit .194 with a home run and three RBI over 45 big-league games.
The Royals subtracted Hulett on the same day that they added another former LumberKing. Josh Rupe (’03), who went 3-1 with Texas in 2008 but pitched in only four games in 2009, signed a minor league deal after being granted free agency by the Rangers on November 9. Rupe went 4-1 with a 3.90 ERA over six games with the Kings in 2003.
While technically old news from the end of the 2009 season, reliever Roy Corcoran (’02) is now in the Houston system after signing a minor league deal last August. Corcoran was notable as the only former LumberKing on the 25-man roster with Seattle when Clinton signed on as a Mariners’ affiliate last winter. In 82 Major League outings, Corcoran is 8-3 with a 4.17 ERA and three saves. He was 3-4 with 11 saves in 2002.
Rounding things out, former Clinton Giant Matt Williams (’86) was named the first base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Clinton Dodger Mitch Webster (’78) is now the Midwest Regional Scouting Supervisor for the Royals. As reported in an earlier post, former manager Andy Fox (’06) is now in the Mariners’ system as the hitting coach for double-A West Tennessee.
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