Monday, August 15, 2005

Tim Salmon Out for Year

In a move that surprised absolutely no one, Tim Salmon will not play in 2005. Recovering from shoulder and knee surgeries, Salmon has not progressed far enough in his recovery to warrant a return to the team this season. According to Manager Mike Scioscia Salmon is "not an option this year."

The bigger question is whether Salmon will EVER play another game for the Angels. One thing is certain, Salmon will not be earning $10 million next season like he has in 2005. Hopefully Salmon will come back at a severely reduced rate and try to end his run with the Angels. Looking ahead to 2006 the Angels may have a tough time finding a spot to play Salmon even if he can and wants to return to Anaheim. With Casey Kotchman getting hot and a healthy Dallas McPherson pushing Chone Figgins off the bag at third someone will have to sit to make room for the Big Fish. Others who may push for a roster spot next season include current bench players Jeff DeVanon and Juan Rivera along with promising minor leaguer Kendry Morales.

I would predict that Salmon, if healthy, may venture to play a season for his hometown Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-Backs recently moved right-fielder Shawn Green to center to replace Jose Cruz Jr who was released by Arizona. But Arizona has to juggle players between first base and right field now with Chad Tracy, Tony Clark and super prospect Conor Jackson all sharing the duties. Arizona may have to part with one of those players though to improve their pitching in the offseason.

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