Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Blockbuster Deal- Jacquez headed north

The rumor reported here in the last post has turned out to be true- Memphis has traded star CF Eli Jacquez to Montreal for SS Carlton Beck and two minor leaguers.
- Jacquez, 29, adds to an already potent lineup in Montreal, currently at 41-28 and 3 games back of Cincinnati. He was hitting .278 with only 7 homeruns and 36 RBIs in Memphis- I think his production should go up with good hitters around him. With the long-term injury of CF Dewey Greenwood(out for most, if not all, of the remainder of the regular season), Jacquez is a good pickup for Montreal.
- Memphis gets 31-year-old ML shortstop Carlton Beck, 20-year old AA starter Christy Castillo, and 22-year-old AA right fielder Tracy Robinson. Beck is a very good defensive shortstop who can hit, but at 31 and with 3 more years on his contract at 4.55 million a year after this season, one has to wonder how he fits in with Memphis's youth movement. Castillo is a quality minor league starter with potential and a very good fastball. Robinson is a question mark at the ML level- it's unsure how much he will hit, but if he does hit, he'll be a quality player in Memphis.

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