Sunday, March 27, 2011

Vipers, Free Swingers Make 1st Trade

The Scottsdale Valley Vipers and the Chicago Free Swingers have made the season's first trade, and it's a big one.

The Vipers get highly decorated (4 Silver Sluggers, 5 All-Star Teams) SS Jim Olson from the Free Swingers in return for 2B prospect Javy Matos (Season 15 #5 overall), RP prospect Trent Durbin (Season 14 #46 overall) and OF prospect Al Mesa (Season 15 IFA).

Scottsdale's motivation for the deal seems pretty clear: they have prospects to give and need some offense to support an excellent young pitching staff. Chicago had $85 million already committed to ML payroll and alternatives at SS, so Olson was expendable. Both teams are expected to make strong bids to contend in their respective divisions.

In other trade news, Jacksonville and Detroit agreed to a smaller deal. Veteran OF Hack Bush, coming off an injury season, goes to the Jinxed for minor league SP Carl Hardy. Jacksonville appears to have been shopping for a lefty bat; Bush was Detroit's highest-paid player - they probably figure he was expendable since they won the division without him last year.

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