Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pierce, Duvall swapped in blockbuster

Former MVP and Cy Young winners dealt for each other

Looking to add another strong arm to their starting rotation, the Huntington Riverdogs made the Kansas City Scouts an offer they couldn't refuse. The Riverdogs dealt three-time National League MVP Monte Duvall along with pitching prospects Peter Yang and Luis Tejera to the Scouts for two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Sammy Pierce and prospect Fernando Jimenez.

Pierce, The Bigs' all-time wins leader who used to play Robin to Javier Henriquez's Batman, will now play the role as the number two starer behind Huntington ace Fred Carter. In his only full season with Kansas City, Pierce went 14-12 with a 3.90 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 38 starts.

The Scouts' lineup will look completely different now with a formidable bat sitting in the middle of it. Duvall, the National League's reigning MVP, batted .301 last season with 53 homeruns, 141 RBI and a 1.009 OPS. Duvall's home run power will be a more than welcome addition as the Scouts finished season 11 with just 145 home runs as a team, second-fewest in The Bigs.

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