Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Transactions of interest 10-15-08

10/15/08 San Diego Padres
Announced that OF Chip Ambres has elected free agency after clearing outright waivers.

A noteworthy transaction former Royal Chip Ambres has elected free agency, he's done what Obama and McCain are both seeking to do, be elected !
I just thought while we were on the subject we could reminisce on Chip.

Chip Ambres came to the Kc Royals along with Juan Cedeno (Sent to AA) in the July 19 2005, trade that sent INF Tony Graffanino to the Red Sox, and according to one Dick Kaegel:

Is Chip Ambres or Emil Brown a better fit in left field?
-- Ronnie, Austin, Texas

Brown has to be the guy, unless he completely bottoms out in Spring Training. He was the Royals' most consistent hitter last season, blossoming at age 30. Even so, the Royals will be watching him closely to make certain he's not really a Triple-A player who just had a fluke season.

Ambres doesn't have Brown's power or strong arm, but he is a better all-around fielder. Of course, he has yet to prove he can make the jump from Triple-A. Ambres was actually the No. 2 player obtained in last year's deal that sent second baseman Tony Graffanino to the Red Sox. Pitcher Juan Cedeno was the player the Royals really wanted, although they figured Ambres might be useful as a backup outfielder.

Ambres was well liked I can't prove that statement but if your named Chip by golly you should be well liked.

Chip replaced Abraham Nunez in the Royals OF after Nunez was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners never to be heard from again. But let's not forget Nunez's main accomplishments,
getting rid of Rudy Seanez and hit a Grand Slam in the Sonic slam inning and that's about it, wait I remember he made a great catch leaping over the wall to rob someone of a homer once.
OK so Chip didn't replace Nunez but how else was I going to ramble about ole' Abe after watching the Prez. Debate?

But back to Chip in 53 games in 05 with the Royals he hit .241 with an OBP of .323 with 4 HR and 9 RBIs. The future looked bright for Chip before starting the 06 year in AAA and an injury ended his season before he could make it back to the Royals, and for the most part no one cared.

He became a FA and signed with the Mets where he played in 3 games in 07 with the Mets before playing a sprinkling of games (24) for the Padres this year, not the best career but he is still the only Chip to ever play for the Royals.

So that's it that's the only reason us Royals fans should remember Ambres um yeah, hey look the Phillies are in the World Series..............

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