Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Major trade could alter the landscape of the NL East

A major interleague deal could seriously affect the NL East race this season. Did the Atlanta Bandits just steal an ace pitcher?

Atlanta Bandits and Colorado Springs Chickens

Atlanta gets: SP Matty Eusebio
Colorado Springs gets: SP Pedro Limon (Hi-A), SP Harry Guillen (Hi-A)

Analysis: Atlanta adds a true ace in Eusebio. He ranks in the top 10 in most of the major pitching categories for his career. He's still one of the league's best despite being 34 and being on his 5th team in 3+ seasons. I understand why Colorado Springs would deal Eusebio, as last place teams usually don't need a 34- year old starter. However, I'm not completely sold that the Chickens got enough in return for him. Limon has two fairly average pitches as his two best pitches, but I've seen pitchers like him succeed. He's not an ace, but should be a nice #2-#4 starter depending on how much his lack of a big-time pitch affects him. Harry Guillen is a decent starting pitcher, but I think he's a little overrated. He should be higher up in the minors than Hi-A at this point- I don't know what to make of the fact that he pitched two seasons of rookie ball.

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