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May 9, 2006 May 9, 2006

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Patriots Cut Two, Sign One: MTV’s Viva La Bam has Ryan Dunn. The Courier-News has Ryan Dunleavy. Courier News 1, MTV 0.

The Patriots beat writer reports that the team has cut P Adam Larson and C Ryan McDermond. Also, according to Dunleavy, the team has re-signed P Saul Solveson.

Larson posted a 13.50 ERA in two innings of work, and although Nick Bierbrodt has gotten off to just as bad of a start, Larson was clearly the guy to go here.

Saul Solveson, who certainly has one of the more fun names to say in the league, was with the team in camp but was unable to pitch due to a hand injury he suffered before the start of spring training.

As for McDermond, what an absolute waste of a roster spot. His rights were technically returned to the Frontier League, but there was really no rush on that. There were a few situations where you’d be looking at the roster thinking that he’d be the guy for a certain spot, but I don’t think he was ever an option for Sparky Lyle. The only game he got into was the 15 inning marathon where everybody got to hit, including a pitcher. Nothing against the guy, I’m just still on that whole three catcher thing from a few days ago. I was also baffled by a guy with a contract in another league trying out for the team, but that’s a whole other thing.

Martinez To Return?: Although Somerset would have to bid against any other team that wanted him, I wonder if Patriots officials are regretting returning INF Felix Martinez to the bus by now. With George Sandel struggling and Patrick Boran off to a rough start defensively, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the team make an attempt to solidify the bench, at the very least. – Mike Ashmore

Bluefish Lose Cunnane To Cardinals: The Bridgeport Bluefish have lost pitcher Will Cunnane to the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Cunnane was 2-0 with 11 strikeouts and a 2.75 ERA this Cunnane played for the Houston Astros last season. So it’s an easy 5 grand for the Fish, who aren’t apart of the group of clubs partnering for players. – Scott Stanchak.

Ashmore Note: You read the Cunnane story here first, I’d heard some rumblings that a few teams were talking to him and that a deal was imminent and posted that the other day.

Figueroa Also Gone: Long Island Ducks P Nelson Figueroa was picked up by the Washington Nationals organization today. Figueroa was assigned to Triple-A New Orleans.


1. Jeff - May 9, 2006

Is $5000 what an Atlantic League team receives when a player is signed to a contract with an affiliated team?

2. Anonymous - May 9, 2006

Nelson Figueroa of the Ducks signed with the Nationals today

3. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - May 9, 2006

Well, the $5,000 fee varies. I asked Frank Boulton about this about a week ago, and he said that varies based on the player. There’s no real set scale, where a guy with Double-A experience gets a set amount or a guy with Triple-A gets a set amount and so on and forth.

It’s done, from what I understand from Boulton, on a case-by-case basis.


4. Anonymous - May 10, 2006

same old bluefish/sign players who are going to get picked up all season long.then blow the season because they have to replace them with leftovers.

5. AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com - May 10, 2006

Can’t really say I understand that argument. If they had a chance to sign Sammy Sosa, they shouldn’t do it just because he’ll get picked up?

I think they’ve actually done a much better job signing players this year than they have in year’s past. I’m not sure how much of that has to do with Dave LaPoint, who had a lot to do with some of the players the Ducks got over the years, but I’m sure some of the credit can be thrown his way.

I can definitely understand your frustration considering some of the players Bridgeport suited up at the end of last year, but it’s hard to blame them for trying to be competitive.


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