Thursday, February 26, 2009
Matt, we hardly know you and what we knew of you wasn't real positive. Matt was the number one pick overall of the 2004 draft. He signed for a bonus of $3,150,000, and then was suspended before he even played one game. He and his brother snuck in to a bar and got in a fight, while Matt was still a minor. He played in the Padres minor league system and got hurt, hit south of the Mendoza line and it was decided that he would become a pitcher. It's been done before, if I remember correctly Trevor Hoffman was originally drafted as a shortstop. That didn't work out too well as Bush had to have Tommy John surgery. At the beginning he was dropped from the Padres 40 man roster to make room for Cliff Floyd. Part of the reason for this was that he was allegedly involved in an assault on some high schoolers. The Padres seem to get want to rid themselves of him they traded him to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Blue Jays bumped fan favorite (at least mine) Dirk Hayhurst off their 40 man roster. This is a case of trash bumping class. I got this signed through the mail in 2005 or 2006.