A pair of big-name CF's changed teams in a very active trading day at the Winter Meetings.
Rochester gets: CF Wally Reid
Syracuse gets: SP Clark Jensen
Syracuse, feeling it has plenty of offense and needing pitching, moves one of the league's best CF's for Season 9's 14th pick. Reid has a trunkfull of awards and 3 years left on his contract...bold move for Rochester in a bid to join the upper echelon on the AL. Jensen has velocity and nice sinking action, plus a good assortment of pitches; the big question is whether he can be effective enough against righties.
Crystal Ball Says: Rochester grins, Syracuse regrets this one.
Little Rock gets: CF Troy Harris
Trenton gets: AA 2B Patrick Brow and AAA SS Alex Trinidad
I don't get this one at all. Harris is a power-hitting CF (or 2B) with 3 years left on a favorable contract; Brow and Trinidad both look like utility guys at best, if they even reach the majors. Trenton may be dumping salary to rebuild, but they could get a lot more than this for Harris. Little Rock fills a big hole in its drive to push Jackson.
Crystal Ball Says: big win for Pebbles, a step back for Trogs.
In other trading action:
Nashville gets: 1B Derek Foster
El Paso gets: 1B/OF Dan Lowery
The Ramblers get a big basher who can be erratic; Lowery may have some success against righties but I'm betting he never gets an arb hearing.
Crystal Ball Says: nice pickup for Ramblers; rebuilding Evil 9 coulda done better.
Madison gets: LR Benny Harnisch
El Paso gets: 2B/CF Benito Leon
The Badgers get much-needed bullpen help and the 9 get a fast, sure-handed defender who will get on base enough to have a career.
Crystal Ball Says: a double-win