1) The Braves claimed right-handed pitcher Chris Resop off of waivers from the Angels. Resop was up with the Anaheim ballclub for 10 days in July but went on the disabled list with elbow troubles and had surgery in August to deal with the issue. Resop, who played with the Marlins before coming to Anaheim, had an 8.47 ERA in 17 innings in 2005 and a 3.38 ERA in 21 innings in 2006, although it is worth noting that the latter statistic came with an ugly 1.97 WHIP. In 4 games in 2007 Resop pitched 4 and 1/3rd innings, posting a 4.15 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP and not recording a decision. In 45 innings for AAA-Salt Lake prior to his callup he had notched a subpar 4.59 mark with a 1.46 WHIP. Resop does not project to be anything more than another arm in the minors that could be eventually called up if the bullpen wears thin.
2) Chad Paronto has been designated for assignment by the Braves. The big right-hander, who was sent to AAA-Richmond after the Braves acquired Ron Mahay and never recalled, had posted a 3.57 ERA in 40 innings prior to his demotion. He did, however, have a less-than-desirable 1.64 WHIP to go with his 3-1 record. In 2006, Paronto appeared in 65 games for the Braves, pitching 56 and 2/3rds innings and posting a 3.18 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with a 41/19 K/BB ratio and a 2-3 record. Paronto got the first save of the 2007 Atlanta campaign after pitching a scoreless innings against Philadelphia in the season opener after the game extended into extra innings.
Chad Paronto is eligible for arbitration, which may have factored into this decision. Because his numbers are hardly ghastly, he will almost certainly be picked up by another team and signed to a minor league deal if he opts for free agency.
Assorted news and notes that I didn't feel warranted their own posts:
-John Schuerholz was quoted as saying that Frenchy would not be moving into the void now at center from right.
-Willy Aybar is back in uniform, playing in the Dominican Winter League. On Wednesday the infielder went 3-4 with 2 doubles and scored the only run in a 1-0 victory by the Licey Tigers.
-Brandon Jones started off slowly in the Mexican Pacific League, but has 9 hits in his last 27 at-bats.
-As of October 19, relief prospect Edgar Osuna had yet to allow a run in Mexican Pacific League action. Osuna, 19 years old, had a 2.47 ERA and a 66/11 K/BB ratio in 54 and 2/3rds innings at R-Danville last season.
-On October 17, Torii Hunter was quoted as saying that Atlanta and Washington were two of his preferred destinations.