Friday, May 2, 2008

Down Goes Turnbow

After struggling to find success with the Angels, Derrick Turnbow was given a new lease on life when Doug Melvin claimed him off waivers and brought him to Milwaukee. The struggling reliever then found success as the Brewers closer, earning rock-star status in Milwaukee and earning an All-Star selection. The success was short lived, however, after he lost his closer's job to Francisco Cordero in 2007, and then struggled to throw anything over the plate in his role with the Brewers this season. Once again, Turnbow finds himself struggling to find success, looking for a fresh start.

Turnbow was designated for assignment by the Brewers today, which means the Crew has 10 days to either trade, release, or assign him to the Minors. However, Turnbow is out of options and could refuse the assignment, but then he also forfeits the $3.2 million he's making this season. The Brewers have recalled Joe Dillon to take his place, bringing the roster back to 12 pitchers and 13 batters. No more Jeff Suppan pinch hit bunts.

Turnbow appeared in eight games for the Crew this season, with an 0-1 record and 1 save. However, he's on the books with a whopping 15.63 ERA. He also become the most hated Brewer by fans at Miller Park.

There are teams that may want to take a chance on him, and give them that fresh start he's looking for. The Braves and Nationals with their injuries, and the Mariners with their struggles come to mind. I'm not really sure if Turnbow just needs a fresh start, or if he really just does not have it anymore. I wish him the best of luck, he's always been a great guy, it just became apparently he could no longer mentally pitch for the Brewers.

I'm not sure where Turnbow will end up. Perhaps he'll be humble and try to work things out in Nashville, or maybe he'll try an different organization altogether. Just don't expect to see him in a Brewers uniform anytime soon.


Jonk said...

I'm quite sure he will end up in Nashville.

I don't know why any team would want to pick him up right now, most especially because of his salary (and also because he can't pitch any more).

And because of that salary, I can't see him refusing the minor league assignment.

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