Toll the Bells for Liberty! Adam Melhuse Has Escaped!
by Ken Arneson
At last, Adam Melhuse has escaped! The evil double shadow of Jason Kendall and MLB rules have the poor backup catcher in their clutches no longer. Melhuse was traded to Texas this afternoon for Cash Considerations.
Considerations is a lousy player to get in return, and I guess Melhuse is still technically a subject of MLB rules, but I won't complain. He is, at least, going to a place where he'll get more opportunity than he was ever going to get in Oakland. I am happy for him; he deserves this.
The presumed A's catcher of the future, Kurt Suzuki, will be called up to replace Melhuse. I suppose this is what Beane has been waiting for all along--enough of the season has passed now that Suzuki likely won't be eligible for Super Two arbitration status. It give the A's an extra cheap year of Kurt Suzuki, plus puts some pressure on Jason Kendall to get his act together, and fast. Somebody is gaining on him.
As much as I think Melhuse has been treated unfairly by the system, Billy Beane should get some kudos for getting Melhuse a new home as soon as he was able. Likewise for releasing Jay Witasick. Players make a lot of money, and the rules are the rules, but that's never a reason not to treat people with simple, ordinary decency. I'm glad to see my favorite team show some.