Here’s a quick glance at some of the players who may or may not return to York next season.
Josh Arhart, C
“(Etchebarren and I) talked a little bit,” Arhart said about a possible return. “That’s something I’m interested in, but we’re going to talk more at the end of the season.”
Etchebarren said he wants him to return.
Jason Aspito, OF
The team MVP from 2008 remained undecided about his future plans.
“(Injuries) will definitely weigh on my decision,” Aspito said. “When I get my exit physical I’m going to go (to the doctor’s office) so he doesn’t have to write a book in (the clubhouse).”
Aspito suffered torn fascia in both feet. He dislocated a pinky finger, experienced biceps tendinitis, and experienced discomfort in his wrist — an injury that dates back to being hit by a pitch in 2007.
Tom Collaro, DH
Believed he was one of the few players who did not meet with Etchebarren.
“I’ll probably be playing somewhere,” said Collaro, who did not expect to be invited back to York.
Keoni DeRenne, INF
Expressed happiness with his decision to put off retirement and return to York as an unsigned invitee in spring training. He earned All-Star honors but remains undecided about next season.
“York is always an option,” said DeRenne, who has been invited back by Etchebarren.
Aharon Eggleston, CF
Etchebarren likes his speed in the outfield and would like to bring him back.*
Matt Esquivel, OF
“(Etchebarren) extended a welcome for me to come back,” Esquivel said. “From here on out I’ve got to figure out what situation would be best for me, but it’s nice to know I have a home back here in York.”
The former Braves prospect may attract attention in the offseason after finishing the season with more than 20 homers and 20 steals. The Indians invited him to spring training last season, releasing him on the second-to-last day of camp.
Ryan Goleski, OF/RHP
“I would not bring him back as an outfielder because of his average and strikeouts,” Etchebarren said. “But he was interesting as a pitcher because he threw up to 92 mph. We have to see where he’s at in spring training. He doesn’t have a serious type of injury (shoulder inflammation). If he’s my 12th pitcher and throwing 92 mph, I’ve got to put him on the staff. But I won’t know that until spring training.”
Daryl Harang, LHP
“I like what I see. He’s a keeper for next year,” Etchebarren said following Harang’s final start at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
Shawn Hedrick, RHP
We wrote about this earlier in the week. He could return as a part-time starter if the Revs lose a starter or need a spot start because of a doubleheader. But the team cannot pay Hedrick enough money to quit his full-time job.
If he wants to return on a part-time basis, the Revs will probably ask him to start some games next season.
Jamar Hill, OF
Etchebarren likes his ability to play multiple outfield positions, and he has expressed an interest in bringing him back.
Brian Holliday, LHP
“He’s a guy who has impressed me a lot,” Etchebarren said. “I haven’t made up my mind what’s the best role for him. He’s got a better arm than a lot of guys in the big leagues. So I have to figure out where’s the best place for him to get signed by an affiliate. In the bullpen or starting? If he doesn’t get signed by an affiliate I’m bringing him back next year.”
Josh Johnson, C
Undecided about future. He and his wife are expecting their first child near Christmas.
Matt Padgett, INF
Undecided about future plans, but he hopes to remain in York after the season and perhaps work with Jason Aspito. He indicated Etchebarren told him he had a spot for next season, but he may need to begin a post-playing career in the offseason.
Liu Rodriguez, INF
Etchebarren likes him because of his flexibility in playing multiple positions, he’s a natural second baseman but can play shortstop as well. However he’s been bothered by wrist and groin injuries at the end of the season.
Corey Thurman, RHP
The blood clot in his pitching hand has dissolved. He wants to continue playing. Thurman missed most of July and all of August because of a clot that doctors did not think would dissolve without surgery, but Botox injections and therapy have allowed his condition to improve.*
“It’s weird, (the blood clot) came and bothered me for a little bit, and then it left,” Thurman said. “Hopefully (I’ll be back), but you know how that goes. We’ll just see what happens.”