June 1st, 2008
3B Shi-xian Qu (26, ML) - $0.38
SP Lawrence Roberson (28, AAA) - minor league contract
RF Keith Clements (22, AA) - minor league contract
SS Ernest Mathis (25, ML) - $0.38/arbitration/arbitration
MR Stan French (27, AAA) - minor league contract
Qu played horribly with Manchester in '08. In 102 games, he batted .221 with 6 homeruns and 36 RBIs. He left via free agency in the offseason to sign a 1-year deal with New Orleans.
Roberson started 14 games for Manchester in '08. He compiled a 3-7 record with 5.33 ERA. As of '09, he has historically pitched well in the minors but unable to translate the success to the big leagues.
Clements appeared in 14 games with Manchester in '08 hitting .234 with 2 homeruns and 8 RBIs in that time. He appears better suited to be a career minor leaguer.
Mathis batted .236 with 5 homeruns and 26 RBIs in 87 games with Bakersfield in '08. He was traded to Omaha in the offseason (12/15/08). He grades out as not much of an offensive threat but provides excellent infield defense and versaility.
French has pitched well in Bakersfield's farm system but has yet to receive an opportunity to pitch in the big leagues as of the '09 season.