Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Crabbe DFA by Padres

I don't know how this got by all of us, but I just found out that the Padres designated IF/OF Callix Crabbe for assignment on Monday.

Crabbe was brought to San Diego from the Brewers farm system via the Rule V draft this offseason. In 34 big league at bats, he posted a .176 average with two batted in, while splitting time between shortstop and the outfield. With his demotion, Crabbe can either be brought back to Milwaukee for half of his $50,000 claiming fee or - the avenue the Padres are apparently exploring - remain under control of the Padres trading (giving) something to Milwaukee. Either way, the Brewers look to win here. Crabbe will either return to the Brewers organization or, in addition to the $50 K already given to them in the initial claiming fee, the Brewers will also gain something else in a trade to keep Crabbe in the Padres system, essentially gaining player or cash accommodations for a player they've already surrendered.

As the starting second baseman in Nashville last season, Crabbe had 9 HR, 38 RBI, 17 SB and hit .287 in 130 games. For a $25 K fee it might make for the Brewers sense to retain him. He'd provide decent insurance for a Rickie Weeks injury. Current Sounds 2B, journeyman Abraham Nunez, is scuffling through 33 games with Nashville registering a .210 average and only 8 RBI.

Whether they retain Crabbe or work out a trade, this sounds like a win-win for the Brewers.

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