Former Knights Move On (Part Deux)…
Welcome back to the Knight Fever blog.
I’ll be leaving for the Winter Meetings on Sunday night and I’m looking forward to getting some exclusive coverage, as well learning as much as I can, in what will be my first-ever Winter Meetings! Keep an eye out for an exciting announcement on Tuesday, December 10.
In the meantime, let’s continue our look at some former Knights, who have recently latched on with other teams this offseason…
Jhan Carlos Marinez (2012-13) – Signed by the Detroit Tigers
Originally a farmhand of the Marlins, Marinez became a member of the White Sox organization on September 29, 2011 in a trade for manager Ozzie Guillen. At the time, Guillen was coming off his eighth season as Chicago’s manager. The former White Sox player led the club to a World Series win in 2005, but was coming off a 78-82 season in 2011.
In a move to shake things up, Guillen was sent to the Miami Marlins for Marinez and infielder Ozzie Martinez. Both youngsters began the 2012 season in Charlotte with the Knights. Martinez appeared in 60 games for the Knights before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers organization around the All-Star Break in 2012.
Now, the second part of that trade is also gone.
Marinez appeared in parts of two seasons with the Knights (2012-13) and compiled a 6-6 record with six saves and a 3.86 ERA. He fanned 91 batters over 91.0 innings pitched and allowed 65 hits over that span with the Knights. He was limited to just 20 games last season and finished with a 2-4 record and a 6.11 ERA.
The young right-hander appeared in two games for the White Sox in 2012 and did not allow a run in 2.2 IP (0-0, 0.00 ERA). After making his Major League debut in 2010 with the Marlins, Marinez owns a 1-1 Major League record with a 3.38 ERA in six games. The Dominican native is just 25 years old and will look to take the next step in his career in the Detroit organization. Detroit’s Triple-A affiliate — the Toledo Mud Hens — travel to BB&T Ballpark in late June (June 20-23).
Daniel Moskos (2012-13) – Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers
A product of Clemson University, Moskos recently signed a Minor League contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The South Carolina native also received an invite to Spring Training with Don Mattingly’s National League West club.
A former first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates (4th overall in 2007), Moskos will look to work his way back to the Majors this season for the first time since 2011. That season, he posted a 1-1 record with a 2.96 ERA in 31 games for the Pirates. The following season, Moskos was on the move. Pitching for Triple-A Indianapolis, Moskos was removed from Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster and claimed by the White Sox (July 6, 2012). At the time, he was 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 games with the Indians.
Moskos would stay in the International League and was sent to Triple-A Charlotte to continue his 2012 campaign. He appeared in 16 games with the Knights over the remainder of the season and posted a 1-1 mark with two saves and a 4.43 ERA over 20.1 innings pitched.
This past season, Moskos returned to Charlotte and compiled a 2-1 mark with one save and a 4.97 ERA in 22 games. The 27-year-old, however, was later released by the White Sox on June 23. He then signed on to play baseball in the Chinese Professional Baseball League with the EDA Rhinos — the same team that Manny Ramirez latched on with this past season. Now, he’s back in the United States and has a chance to one again pitch in the National League.
Javier Lopez (2006) – Signed with the San Francisco Giants
Lopez has enjoyed a solid Major League career as a lefty specialist in many Major League bullpens since his debut back in 2003.
In 11 Big League seasons, Lopez owns a 27-13 record with 13 saves and a 3.64 ERA (629 games).
Over the past four seasons, he has been a staple in San Francisco’s bullpen — posting a 14-4 record with nine saves and a 2.26 ERA (236 games). Last season, Lopez
went 4-2 with one save and a 1.83 ERA in 69 games for the Giants.
In 2006, Lopez signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox and began the season with the Knights. In 26 games for the Knights, Lopez was 2-1 with 12 saves and a 0.55 ERA. On June 15, 2012, Lopez traded Sox — and went to Boston for reliever David Riske. He has since become one of the most consistent left-handed relievers in the game.