Trades abound

Remember my post awhile back about the lack of trades? Disregard.

Owners have pulled off four trades in the past eight days and one of them has history written all over it. For possibly the first time in league history, two chess pieces swapped assets.

And it was a biggie:

The kings of CDRL, the four-time defending champion Memphis Kings, took another step toward making a run at the title by sending Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman, dead weight pitcher Randy Wells, utility guy Steve Lombardozzi and Alexi Amarista to the Midtown Knights, who bolstered the Kings run by sending Chad Billingsley, Jay Happ, Danny Espinosa and trade centerpiece Jose Reyes back to the Kings.

The other trades saw:

** The McBrides acquire red-hot catcher Chooch Ruiz from the Deadbirds for Jason Castro and Trevor Cahill. Hard to believe Ruiz will continue to hit at the current pace but he’s always been underrated as a hitter. Cahill has some definite upside to him. Castro, of course, will be worthless in four months.

** The Suspects sent Chris Denorfia to the Deadbirds for pitching prospect Casey Kelly. This deal was clearly done to garner attention in this blog, so it’s getting two sentences.

** And the Deadbirds started the spree with an eight-player deal. They sent Roy Halladay, Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche to the Kings for a passel of players, mostly of the species minori leagus. Oscar Taveras, once the crown jewel of the Crusoes organization, was the headliner.

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Gary Robinson posted at 2012-6-2 Category: Baseball

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