Mistake No. 1: I bought a house during baseball season.
Mistake No. 2: Took a couple days off to move — during what should have been a meaningless roadtrip to Newark.
Result: Scanning the roster, a few new names showed up and a few familiar faces left the club.
So let’s recap the last few days of moves for the Revs.
* Outfielder-turned-reliever Ryan Goleski has been placed on the disabled list. The hard-throwing right-hander hasn’t pitched since Aug. 19 when he allowed three runs in 2/3 of an inning during a driving rain. The umpires eventually called the game with Goleski on the mound. He hasn’t been the same since.
* Reliever Juan Padilla has left the team to pitch for Puerto Rico against international competition. The former Mets right-hander has been placed on the inactive list, and fans shouldn’t expect to see him back with York this season. Coaches knew Padilla might leave the club in mid-August.
* Catcher Luis Taveras, the longest-tenured member of the Revs, has been released. Popular with fans and teammates, it’s the second time the club has let Taveras go this season. The old regime, led by manager Chris Hoiles and director of baseball operations Adam Gladstone, traded Taveras to Long Island in a premeditated deal with the idea of bringing him back. Fans became upset with the move, and at one point a fan confronted Gladstone after a game.
But at 34, he’s no longer a player major league organizations would sign, and he batted .213 in 38 games in a backup role. He is not expected to return to the club this season, and he has most likely played his final game for York.
Taveras may have been the fan favorite York manager Andy Etchebarren hinted that he would release when he said: “I’ve seen 10 days now, and I’m going to make changes by the end of the season. And the one thing I want to make sure of and the fans to know, if they just trust me to do this and get it done, what happened this year will definitely not happen for the next two years.
“I don’t like getting beat every night. It’s no fun. When I come to the park I want to have fun. I want the players to have fun. It’s pretty hard to have fun when you go out there and get your (butt) kicked. That’s gotta stop. And if I have to do it by making changes, I’m going to do it. And if I get rid of a player or two that are fan favorites, I’ll take the flak for it, because if I do it, I’m going to do it to make the team better for next year.”
* The Revs also acquired Victoria Seals catcher Josh Arhart and outfielder Jamar Hill for future considerations. The move is not so much a trade as it is a loan. Etchebarren will look at each player to see if they could be options for the club in 2010.
Arhart is a career .281 hitter. UPDATE: He’s played 50 games at Double-A, and he’s known as a defensive catcher and blocking machine according to one informed reader. That said, he’s put up some impressive offensive numbers in recent years and earned championship MVP honors for the Orange County Flyers in 2008. A former UCLA player, he hit .325 during the Seals inaugural season. In 68 games he launched 11 homers and 22 doubles. The eye-catching number from his time in the Golden League this season is his .419 OBP — a jaw-dropping number for a catcher. He walked as many times as he struck out (27).
Hill has slightly more experience at the higher levels of affiliated baseball, playing 64 games at Double-A. But he too had primarily been limited to Class A action. He batted .289 in 75 games for the Seals. He hit 19 homers and posted a .399 OBP.
If Arhart and Hill show the ability to put up similar numbers during their short “tryout” period with the club, Etchebarren will need to sign the players for 2010. When York has struggled, it has lacked a solid No. 3-type hitter — a player who can get on base no matter what. Some may argue the team has never been able to replace Nate Espy, the team MVP in 2007. But Arhart and Hill could help York fill that void.
* The Revs also signed 23-year-old righty Jesse Freeman, whose entire pro career appears to be limited to the 14 2/3 innings he spent with Quebec in the Can-Am League earlier this season. He did not impress. He went 0-0 with an 11.05 ERA.