The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled catcher Guillermo Quiroz from Syracuse of the International League and have designated catcher Ken huckaby for assignment.
Quiroz, 23, is one of the Jays' top prospects and has split the 2005 season between Dunedin of the Florida State League (A) and Syracuse (AAA) appearing in just 35 games. He began the season on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain and then was sidelined with a collapsed lung.
In 11 games with Dunedin the 6-1, 200 lb. right-handed hitter batted .237 with two home runs and six RBI. With Syracuse, he hit .215 in 24 games with six home runs and 19 RBI. In 2004 he appeared in 17 games for Toronto and hit .212 with six RBI.
Huckaby, 34, has appeared in 34 games and hit .202 with three doubles and five RBI. He is a career .222 batter with three home runs and 29 RBI in 152 games over parts of five seasons with Toronto, Arizona, Baltimore and Texas.
Couldn't they have just waited until September, and then called up Quiroz without having to DFA Huckaby? Ricciardi must have some kind of plan then. Maybe this was a way to open up a spot on the 40 man roster for a few other players so they wouldn't be taken in the Rule 5 draft. A few pitchers come to my mind that would fit into this category like Shaun Marcum and Josh Banks. They would likely be taken in the draft if they do not get put on the 40-man roster before the end of the year.