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August 16, 2005

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

The Week That Was For Winkelsas: Somerset Patriots alumni Joe Winkelsas was released by the Grays of the Can-Am League, but all is not lost. Niagara University named him assistant coach of their baseball team today, in a move that effectively ends his playing career. Best of luck to Joe in his current endeavor and wherever he goes.

Patriots sign and activate MLB pitcher: The Somerset Patriots have signed former first round pick and three year MLB vet RHP Justin Wayne. Wayne played in 26 games for the Florida Marlins from 2002-2004 and started 8 of them. It remains to be seen how the team will use Wayne, but I’d venture to guess that the former 5th overall pick would be seeing some time in the rotation sooner than later.

Patriots trade for MLB pitcher: The Patriots have also acquired LHP Tim Christman in a trade with the St. Paul Saints of the Frontier League. Christman appeared in one game for the 2001 Colorado Rockies, allowing one run in two innings of work. Christman provides a much needed left-handed arm to the Patriots bullpen, who only had one at the time in Nick Bierbrodt. This move also opens up the possibility of Bierbrodt going into the rotation, something that has been discussed in the past. Christman spent all of 2003 with St. Paul, some of 2004 before being picked up by Seattle and all of 2005. – Mike Ashmore

Update To These Moves: I spoke with Patriots director of player procurement, Adam Gladstone, today. He confirmed the signing of Wayne, saying that he took some time off to tend to unknown matters; however, called him the day Brad Clontz was signed and wanted to return to baseball. The trade, however, for Christman could not be confirmed as Gladstone denied any trade having taken place. He did say that they were in negotiations, but that nothing was official and look for a possible move in the next two days.

As pointed out by a fan, the trade was also announced on the Saints’ web site. – Scott Stanchak.



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