Saturday, February 23, 2008

Two deals in the NL

Two NL division leaders have made separate deals to try and strengthen their teams for potential playoff runs.
- The west-leading Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired reliever Charles Trujilo from the Atlanta Bandits for High A reliever Joe Street. The 32-year old Trujilo is a good addition to the D-backs bullpen, as he provides another left-handed arm and some depth to the bullpen to accompany their solid starting staff and closer Vic Trevino. Trujilo was 1-3 but had a 3.45 ERA and an excellent WHIP of 1.14 despite being used primarily as a starter- he lacks the stamina to be a full-time starter.
- Street, despite not being one of the top 100 prospects, is a fairly good pickup for Atlanta, as he projects to a similar role as Trujilo now plays in Arizona- a setup guy who will be particularly nasty on lefties. Atlanta is struggling this year and trades a 32-year-old pitcher who doesn't fit into their plans for this year into a 19-year-old who is similar. A good deal for both teams.

Meanwhile, the rebuilding process in Chicago continues. A few days after dealing star 3B Bud Klein to Nashville, SS Torey Diaz has been shipped to Trenton in return for High A RF Mike Schneider. Chicago threw in 2 million to help cover Diaz's salary for this year.
- The surprising Traffic see this as an upgrade at 2 positions, as Diaz's arrival has forced the shift of star rookie Carlton MacDougal to CF. Diaz is a very steady glove and improves the lineup, although he struggled to a .253 average in the Windy City. Traffic GM gumbercules is hoping that Diaz just needs a change of scenery and a chance to play for a competitor to get him going.
- Chicago gets RF Mike Schneider, who is an interesting prospect. He is not your prototypical RF, as he will hit very few homeruns, but has great leadoff tools- he has very good speed and is an outstanding baserunner and bunter. He falls outside the top 100 but is an intriguing prospect with a pretty good upside. Hard to say who got the better end of the deal at first glance- this is one with some risk on both sides.

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