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I love the Boston Red Sox. I also like the Kansas City Royals (because of Tony Graffanino.)
 
 
 
 
Update: They traded Tony to the Brewers for Jorge De la Rosa, some lousy pitcher!
Those jerks!

 
 | Tony Graffanino   2 | 2B Current Status: Active

Full Name: Anthony Joseph Graffanino
Born: 06/06/1972
Birthplace: Amityville, NY
Height: 6'1"   Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
College: N/A
MLB Debut: 04/19/1996
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  Photo Gallery
  G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
2006 43 139 16 34 8 0 3 17 51 11 21 2 1 .305 .367 .245
Career 802 2239 355 597 111 18 45 230 879 216 390 50 21 .335 .393 .267
 
Quick Splits:
  vs. Left: .208  vs. Right: .267   Home: .246  Road: .243  
Day: .313  Night: .187 Grass: .260  Turf: .000
Current Month: .190 Last 30 Days: .228
 
Multimedia:
 
Graffanino's RBI single: 350K
Graffanino goes 2-for-3: 350K
Graffanino's two-run shot
KC's home run trio: 350K
Graffanino's homer: 350K
More Multimedia
 
News:
 
May 07, 2006
Royals drop Windy City finale
April 13, 2006
Royals can't hold off Yankees
April 09, 2006
Notes: Greinke may be close to return
April 08, 2006
Notes: DeJesus sidelined by hamstring
More News
Last Three Seasons:
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
2003 CWS 90 250 51 65 15 3 7 23 107 24 37 8 0 .331 .428 .260
2004 KC 75 278 37 73 11 0 3 26 93 27 38 10 2 .332 .335 .263
2005 KC 59 191 29 57 5 2 3 18 75 22 28 3 1 .377 .393 .298
2005 BOS 51 188 39 60 12 1 4 20 86 9 23 4 1 .355 .457 .319
Biography & Career Highlights:
ANTHONY JOSEPH (TONY) GRAFFANINO...and his wife Nicole have 2 sons, A.J. and Nicholas...was a 1990 graduate of East Islip (NY) High School, where he played baseball all 4 years

This is the March 28th redsox.com article:

Kansas City claims infielder Graffanino from Red Sox

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. --Infielder Tony Graffanino was claimed off waivers Tuesday by the Kansas City Royals, returning to the team that traded him to the Boston Red Sox eight months ago.

I'm wanted and I should get decent playing time there," Graffanino said. "This wasn't a good situation for me."

He batted .319 in 51 games for the Red Sox after being traded July 19, then lost his second-base job Boston obtained Mark Loretta from San Diego on Dec. 7 for catcher Doug Mirabelli.

Although Kansas City has second baseman Mark Grudzielanek, Graffanino thinks he should get more playing time elsewhere. But he loved his time in Boston.

"It was probably one of, if not my most favorite place I've ever played," said Graffanino, who also has been with Atlanta, Tampa Bay and the Chicago White Sox. "I loved every minute of it, playing in that stadium (Fenway Park) with those fans."

Graffanino had talked with several teams after last season and was surprised when Boston offered him salary arbitration. That meant any other team that signed him would have had to give the Red Sox a top draft choice.

"All the teams that were talking to me just pulled back," Graffanino said early this month. He agreed to a one-year, $2.05 million deal that avoided an arbitration hearing but was told early in spring training that the Red Sox would try to send him elsewhere.

"I don't know about soured," Graffanino said. "Ideally, I would have liked for something to have been different and worked out a little sooner and got me into a place where I had a chance to maybe earn a spot on a starting position, but what am I going to complain about?"

He said the Red Sox didn't tell him why he wasn't dealt earlier and he didn't ask.

Graffanino was a solid defender until Game 2 of the AL playoffs, when he let Juan Uribe's slow bouncer on a potential double play roll through his legs. Tadahito Iguchi followed with a three-run homer for a 5-4 lead. That was the final score, and Chicago went on to sweep the best-of-three series.

"I was actually excited about today because it's been a tough spring mentally and physically," Graffanino said. "I'm glad that it's over and I can move on and get a fresh start."

Royals manager Buddy Bell said with first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz and third baseman Mark Teahen both left-handed hitters, he could use Graffanino, who bats right-handed, at both positions and at second base.

"Graff, obviously, goes in a utility role, but probably a notch above that," Bell said. "We need to get him in the lineup as much as we possibly can, whether it is first, third or second. We'll be able to give those guys a day off here and there. Graff is a good Major League player. He's a good fit for our team."

Kansas City also claimed right-handed pitcher Steve Andrade off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Andrade is 13-8 with a 2.65 ERA in 188 minor league relief appearances. He was 3-2 with a 1.97 ERA last season with Double-A New Hampshire of the Eastern League.

"He pitched really good against us the couple of times we faced San Diego, so he's in the mix for that last couple of bullpen spots," Bell said.