On Sunday evening, after closing out a flop of a road series against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, Goldeyes manager Rick Forney hinted some changes may be coming for the stumbling club.
This morning the hint became reality: the Fish announced they released outfielder Tim Smith, one of three Canadians on the squad, to make room for incoming outfielder Tyler Graham. The Goldeyes acquired Graham from the RedHawks for a player "later to be named," according to a Goldeyes release.
Graham, 29, spent seven seasons battling his way up the chain of affiliated ball, mostly with the San Francisco Giants, and played in 10 games with the major-league Arizona Diamondbacks last year as a pinch runner, with two at-bats. This year, in 29 games between the Atlantic League's York team and the RedHawks, he's batting .250 with 11 RBI.
The Goldeyes will look to Graham to help shore up an offence which sputtered in recent games, as the team saw a historic eight-game season-opening win streak slip to a 12-11 season record heading into tonight's game against the Wichita Wingnuts. That game will open a six-game homestand at Shaw Park.