One day before free agency starts, trades have started heating up, with numerous teams getting in on the action.
Defending WS Champ Salem jumped into the trade fray in a big way, landing New York's Christopher Booker for RP Harry Gumbert, 2B prospect J.P. Bennett, and RP prospect Gerald Fisher. Booker may be a 1-year rental, but well worth the price for the champs to replace the departed Elroy Gant. The clincher for the Necromancers may have been the inclusion of Fisher, a sleeper 3rd-rounder with lousy stamina, but a wicked sinker and decent splits.
Chicago continued downsizing the payroll this morning, sending reliever Odalis Torcato to Oakland for catching prospect Junichi Yosida. Torcato was the 5th pick in the Season 12 draft (Jacksonville franchise), but has been disappointing in 4 ML seasons, posting a 4.71 ERA in just 179 innings. Yosida was the 32nd pick of the Season 16 draft (Oakland); he could be the Free Swingers' backup C this season.
The Surenos struck again, picking up IF Rod Goldberg from Rochester for SP Tony Familia, a supplemental pick last season. Goldberg may move into the starting SS role for Oakland.
Scottsdale made its 2nd blockbuster deal, sending RF Trenidad Medrano (#7 pick in Season 13), 3B prospect Buddy Offerman (#12 pick in Season 17), and RP prospect Eduardo Tavarez (Season 16 IFA) to Syracuse for 2B Theodore Maxwell and reliever Dingo Hawkins. Maxwell, the 8th pick of the Season 14 draft, teams with the just-acquired Jim Olsen to give the Vipers the best-hitting middle infield in Belle. Syracuse appears to be in sell off veterans/rebuild mode...is Clarence Marte next?