Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Trade deadline approaches quietly

With the season 7 trade deadline approaching, the trade front is seemingly quiet though two deals were completed today.

The Minnesota Finlanders sent P Theo Munson, P Jeff Bryant and recently acquired SS Ted Orosco to the Scottsdale Dust Devils for P Ben Brown. Brown had been 7-8 with a 3.77 ERA in 19 starts with Scottsdale this season. Minnesota hopes the move can push them past the Cincinnati Reds in the AL North.

The other deal completed today saw the Scranton Coal Miners send C Eugene Buck and P Bono Myers to the Charlotte Paladins for 3B Jack Ray. This deal won't have any affect on the playoff race this season, but Ray and Myers could contribute for Scranton and Charlotte, respectively, next season. Ray, a former first round pick, had been hitting .335 with 15 homeruns, 78 RBIs and a .409 OBP in 75 games between AA and AAA Charlotte this season. Buck, known more for his pitch calling, was hitting .289 with 5 homeruns at LoA Scranton while Myers had a 13-6 record with a 3.82 ERA in 21 starts at AAA Scranton.

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