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April 27, 2007 April 27, 2007

Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.

Phelps To Astros: I’ve heard that Newark Bears P Travis Phelps has signed with the Houston Astros organization. If so, this likely opens a spot in the starting rotation for either Matt Sweeney or Aaron Ledbetter — possibly both with Evan Thomas likely to start on the DL. It also pretty much ensures that fans attending the Bears opening series against Somerset will see Bobby Brownlie.

I spoke to Bears Assistant GM Jim Cerny at around 5:15 today, and he confirmed that Phelps is gone and is headed to Double-A for a brief stay before a likely promotion to Triple-A. According to Cerny, the Bears will rely on their existing pitching depth (they still have 15 pitchers) rather than bring someone in.

French Revolution in Somerset: According to Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News, the Patriots have signed OF Anton French and RP Jeff Tam.

Interesting signings.

French is one of those why isn’t this guy on the roster already type of deals. He played with the Long Island Ducks a while ago, and has recently spent some time in the Blue Jays organization. French has put up solid numbers at every stop, and seems to have quite a few above average tools.

I’ve personally seen him in the Eastern League, and the guy can play. Someone I spoke to about French noted his speed was his best attribute, and expects him to play in center field. “He can float,” said my source.

Nice signing, but I wonder why he was even out there in the first place.

As for Tam, he’s a 36-year-old reliever with big league time who hasn’t pitched in four years. While he’s a good option for the bullpen, the Patriots don’t need any bullpen help. Right now, there are only three legitimate starters and Keith Ramsey’s return is uncertain at best at this point.

Riversharks Preview Show: Yours truly will be appearing on the Camden Riversharks season preview radio show at around 12:20 PM on Saturday. I’ll have more details on where to find it and all that later on… – Mike Ashmore


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