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Nationals claim Slaten off waivers

The Nationals today claimed left-handed reliever Doug Slaten off waivers from the Diamondbacks.

From the news release:

Slaten, who stands 6-foot-5, is 3-5 with 13 holds and a 3.68 ERA in 126 career big league appearances with Arizona spanning four seasons (2006-2009). During his four-year big league career, Slaten has suffered just one blown save, stranded 77 percent of inherited baserunners (60 of 78) and limited left-handed batters to a .322 on-base mark while yielding just four home runs.

Slaten's finest season came in 2007, when he posted seven holds en route to a 2.72 ERA in 61 appearances as the Diamondbacks claimed the NL West flag.

The 29 year-old Slaten pitched in 11 games for Arizona in 2009, but spent the majority of the season with Reno of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, going 3-2 with nine saves and a 3.09 ERA in 39 appearances. While in the PCL, Slaten registered a healthy 2.7/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and was touched for just three home runs in 43.2 innings.

Slaten was Arizona's 17th-round selection in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft out of Pierce College in Los Angeles.

By Alexa Steele  |  November 5, 2009; 4:36 PM ET
 
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WE'RE SAVED

Posted by: trezmartin | November 5, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad piece of business. First competition candidate for LOOGY for the 2010 bullpen. I don't think this guy forgot how to pitch; he probably just needs a change of scenery.

Posted by: tboss | November 5, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"he probably just needs a change of scenery."

That seems to be true of a lot of the Arizona bullpen. What was going on out there?

Posted by: Section506 | November 5, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully this is the first of many gems Rizzo can pick from Arizona's farm system. I know a lot of people hated the way Bowden seemed to always go after former Reds, I was one of them, but maybe Rizzo's scouting eye will help him stay away from guys who didn't/never will pan out a la Kearns, Pena, and Lopez.

At least this guy has a history of major league success. That's more than most of the Nats bullpen can say.

Posted by: SpashCity | November 5, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

"I don't think this guy forgot how to pitch; he probably just needs a change of scenery."

I read earlier this afternoon on some other site that actually reports news instead of just regurgitating press releases that this guy Slaten has had some injury issues, which would probably account for him being available on waivers despite his relatively good looking stats. Apologies that I can't recall exactly where I saw that, but the information is out there.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | November 5, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Welp it can't hurt, we could use some relief depth in the organization.

Rizzo's eye is way better than Bowdens, Bowden didn't have an eye he just loved tools.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | November 5, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"he probably just needs a change of scenery."
That seems to be true of a lot of the Arizona bullpen. What was going on out there?
Posted by: Section506 | November 5, 2009 5:34 PM
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Try a crappy mamager (AJ Hinch), and a pitching coach (Mel Stottlemyre) who is possibly just living off his reputation (see Leo Mazzone).

Posted by: BinM | November 5, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Mamager, Manager; whatever.

Posted by: BinM | November 5, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

"Mamager" gave me some interesting imagery and a giggle, BinM, so no worries there.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 5, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

@1a1: A Freudian slip on my part.

Posted by: BinM | November 5, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

hehe.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 5, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Isn't he a little old? I haven't seen him in anything since "Pump Up The Volume" in the early '90s.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 5, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

The Slaten claim is simply a possible replacement for Villone in the 2010 bullpen.
What I'd like to see in the next two weeks is for the Nationals to 1)hire a Manager; 2)Make a contract offer to Livo (1-2 year, decent base salary [$2.3M+/-] with incentives [up to $1.7M more); 3)Give best wishes to Kearns, DaMeat, Villone, & Bard, but maybe a "fall-back" minor-league offer to Villone & Bard.

Then the team needs to look at the Arbitration decisions (Flores[?], Nieves, Morse[?], Orr, Willingham, Olsen, Rivera, Bergmann, Burnett, MacDougal, Kensing). Those choices will set up any FA targets / trades for the Winter Meetings, IMO.

Posted by: BinM | November 5, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

More reading for class tomorrow

D-backs lose Petit, Slaten on waivers
http://tinyurl.com/ycubqy3

His bio on the DBacks site:
"Biography:
The lefty challenged for a spot on the big league roster after proving himself during a surprise stint in the '05 Arizona Fall League. A 17th round pick in 2000 by the Diamondbacks he appears to have moved to the bullpen full time, and his height and good curveball could turn him into an ideal lefty specialist, though he has consistently gotten right handers out as well."

and on
www.sbnation.com/mlb/players/773/Doug_Slaten under Transactions/Injuries, they note he missed time in 2008 with a knee injury, on the 15-Day mid-season, and has spent most of his time since then on U.S. 10, between Phoenix and Tucson.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 5, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Also, it wasn't clear if his "surprise stint in the Arizona Fall League" was in fact WITH the Surprise! Rafters. (I always imagine them bursting through a big paper logo on the whitewater.)

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 5, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

He could be just some competition for Villone, rather than an outright replacement.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 5, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Is there any reason to start locking in bullpen arms we weren't all that thrilled with to begin with, before spring?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 5, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

@sec3: You must be thinking of Slater - I believe he's a right-hander; You only think he's a LH because he's a bit flaky.

Posted by: BinM | November 5, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Look for a couple of the excess of young starters in 2009 to end up in the bullpen instead in 2010. Mock, Martin, Stammen, Martis, indeed any of those guys who make it fine through the order once or twice only to then fall apart would be ideal bullpen possibilities.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | November 5, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Team slogan: Paddle faster, I hear banjo music.

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Also, it wasn't clear if his "surprise stint in the Arizona Fall League" was in fact WITH the Surprise! Rafters. (I always imagine them bursting through a big paper logo on the whitewater.)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 5, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

As a lefty, I resemble that remark. ;-)

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sec3: You must be thinking of Slater - I believe he's a right-hander; You only think he's a LH because he's a bit flaky.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 5, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Is there any reason to start locking in bullpen arms we weren't all that thrilled with to begin with, before spring?
Posted by: Sec3mysofa | November 5, 2009 7:36 PM
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You bet - Claim 'em now, sign 'em often - That way, you avoid loading up on the dregs like Taverez, Wells, etc. who are still without a contract when Spring Training starts.

Posted by: BinM | November 5, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

As a lefty, I resemble that remark. ;-)
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1a1: You said it, not me.

Posted by: BinM | November 5, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Eclipse: Mock's already bounced between bullpen & the rotation a couple of times, with slightly better results as a starter, IMO. I think Rizzo's philosophy with that group might be more along the line of "if you don't start here, you're starting in SYR or playing somewhere else".
Matt Chico might be able to adapt to a middle-relief role, if he comes back from his injury. It might just be personal predjudice, but I don't see Martin, Stammen, Martis, or Mock as effective relief pitchers in the long run.

Posted by: BinM | November 5, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Today in the AFL (capsule) - The Desert Dogs survived a 12-11 shootout against the Peoria Saguaros. Ugly, but effective.

Nationals of note:
Espinosa(SS)- 3/3, 4RS, 1-2B, 2RBI, 2BB.
Marrero(1B)- 2/4, 3RBI, 1BB.
Mandel(RP)- 2.0IP, 2H, 0ER, 1K; 27PT, 21 strikes, 3-2GO/FO, 1BS.
Wilkie(RP)- 1.0IP, 1H, 1ER, 1K; 15PT, 9 strikes, 1-1GO/FO.
Storen(RP)- 1.0IP, 1H, W(2-0); 7PT, 5 strikes, 2-1GO/FO.

Posted by: BinM | November 5, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Huh? I didn't say it. You said it. Ohhh. Never mind. :-)

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1a1: You said it, not me.

Posted by: BinM | November 5, 2009 8:01 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 5, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the D-Dogs update. When I looked at the site this afternoon, I couldn't get the scoreboard to come up.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 5, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

"The Slaten claim is simply a possible replacement for Villone in the 2010 bullpen."

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anything leading to the departure of rag-arm ron works for me.

Posted by: surly_w | November 5, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

hmm, came here to post about FAs and see that there's a new post up.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 6, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Who are the NATS looking at since they again have the #1 pick in the draft? Any more Strasbergs' out there?

Posted by: mikee1940 | November 6, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The emperor rubs his hands together, slightly, shaking his head: "another left-hander, good, good", he cackles.

Posted by: periculum | November 6, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

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