Roberto, Roberto, Wherefore Art Thou, Roberto???
When the M's decided to DFA Roberto Petagine to bring up a backup catcher as a 40-man placeholder for subsequent, post-ASG moves, the buzz around the blogs was that Snelling was going to be the one brought up. Then Dave Cameron (of USS Mariner fame) and Jason Churchill discovered that Adam Jones was going to get called up.
Today, however, it's been confirmed that the M's are indeed throwing Adam Jones into the fire, giving him the chance to further convert from a pitcher/shortstop into a much-needed Centerfielder. So, fine. That's where Petagine's 40-man spot is going (having been borrowed for a day by Luis Oliveros).
But wait -- there's more!
Catching the same flight into Toronto, ladies and gentlemen, is Greg Dobbs! Hmm. As Corco and I discussed over at LookoutLanding, there's another 40-man move that needs to be made.
So, now, Choo goes back down to further develop with Tacoma, while Jones takes his place and Dobbs inherits Petagine's Bench Spot of Doom. Now seriously, I probably shouldn't blow a gasket on this move, but it does make me wonder. I would, of course, prefer Petagine's bat over Greg Dobbs'. But I'm not Mike Hargrove running this team as if the roster only allows for 18 1/3 players (9 hitters/fielders; 5 starting pitchers, Putz/Soriano/Mateo, Bloomquist and 1/3rd of GS52).
Only thing I can think of is that Dobbs' defensive liabilities are much less significant than Petagine's. Or that Bloomquist let Dobbs join in on his blackmail conspiracy.