Atlanta Braves lefty Mike Minor made sure his teammates and manager did not think he was trying to work his way out of town on Friday, clarifying statements he made to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution on Thursday.
The AJC quoted Minor on Thursday as saying, "If they don't have room for me here, then there's no reason they shouldn't trade me or just do something with me."
"I was trying to say I think this is the year I can make the team out of Spring Training and stay there," Minor said. "If I can't, and I keep going back to Triple-A this year and then next year, then I'd hope the Braves would trade me."
Minor wishes he had better explained his confidence that he will have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in the coming year and expressed his regret in using the "T-word." The currently 24-year-old pitcher believes that even if he Braves have no room in their rotation, that somebody could.
"I don't want to be in Gwinnett my whole career," Minor said. "I know I'm only 24 and that is not old. But when I turn 25 or 26 next year, if I'm still going up and down [between Atlanta and Gwinnett], then I would think they would do something."
Minor was the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft.
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