7. Portland Deals SP Rich Small 1B Ramon Kyung SS Wilton Lo
Boston continues boosting its starting rotation by acquiring ace Rich Small. Small at times has the ability to dominate with assassin like control which features a nasty curve and slider.
Boston also acquired International SS Wilton Lo who in a few seasons will bring several gold gloves to Bean Town. Boston will fill its hole at 1B with Ramon Kyung who has spent most of his career in Portland’s AAA team. Kyung has demonstrated a good bat across the board and has show ability in his short 14 game stint in Portland.
Boston Deals 1B Sandy DePaula & SP Slick O’Connor
The Ducks second priority was trying to find another power bat for its relatively pedestrian lineup. 2 time MVP Sandy Depaula looks to boost the middle of the order. The biggest question is will those stats hold up in the pitcher friendly confines of PGE Ballpark.
Finishing the deal ducks get starter Slick O’Connor into their rotation with this trade. Slick hopes to turn his career around in Portland after being hit early and often in Boston. PGE Ballpark should help with this also with a contract on the horizon should be enough motivation for him to perform.
8. Arizona Trades CF Buddy Ducey
Syracuse who seems to be trying to go younger this off season picks up Ducey who may make a move to LF in hopes of moving Lee Brunson to 1B as Miguel Gonzalez in on the trade block for a team looking for a nice bat. The orange are getting a nice upgrade in defense for its outfield.
Syracuse trades: C Chad Herrera & 3B Chase Quirarte
Arizona aquires C Chad Herrera who brings 3 high quality catchers to the ASU Depth Chart. Herrera could be the best of the bunch who hits and fields very well. Should be starting day one in the desert. 3B Chase Quirarte may be a 1 year fill in while Charlie Lyons developes another year down on the farm. Woul dnot expect very much from him but cold come off the bench with a power bat in a pinch hitting situation.
I like the trade for both sides as both are getting young quality players in the trade. May tip the trade to Syracuse as Arizona had good depth at the position prior to the trade.
9. Texas A&M trades: RF Heath Hairston
Portland continues its need for hitting this off season. With Douglas Houston leaving for free agency left a hole in RF. Hairston will provide an upgrade with the bat leaves questions about the fielding ability in the spacious ball park in Portland.
Portland Trades: RF Keith Crawford, SP JJ Foster & SP Derrick Hynes
The Aggies pick up some pieces that could help them out in the short term. Hynes has been a workhorse in the Portland minor league system has very good control and velocity that can help in a long relief role. JJ Foster a rule 5 selection last year spent time as the Ducks Long reliever and is ready to fill in the back end of the Aggie rotation. Keith Crawford the 23rd overall pick last season brings a good all around game to A&M. With a little more seasoning should be able to play every day for the Aggies.
10. Arizona State Trades: Utility Dixie Hudson
Florida aquires Dixie Hudson who will be able to play all over the field. Primarily played SS for the Sun Devils, may find himslef in CF for the Gators.
Florida Trades: P Alving Lopez & P Stephan Carson
Arizona acquires two young starting pitchers that could one day sit on the back end of the Sun Devil rotation. Both pitchers have great control but Carson has two top end pitches.
Florida takes the trade in my opinion. Finding a CF seemed to be a big need and is filled with a nice young player with a power bat.
11.Charlotte Trades RP Al Amarista
LA picks up an nice addition to its bullpen with this acquisition. Amarista who gets righties out often with good control hopes to bring his low era to LA.
LA Trades CF Wilton McDonald
McDonald comes over and should start right away in CF for the Heels. Known more for his defense and speed will help Charlotte move forward this year.
Trade scales tip to Charlotte as they acquire an everyday CF.
Hopkinsheel made the following statement following this trade.
"Another smaller deal. Amarasta has been a stellar lynchpin to our bullpen through the first three seasons, but he was starting to get expensive and we really needed a CF to replace Powell and preferred younger. We are hopefull McDonald will play good to great D for us in CF."
GM Mamidu for the Bruins delighted with the trade stated "Al Amarista - should be a solid RP who will help solidify the bullpen. Gave up a CF who I just didn't have room for at the ML level. A fair trade."
11. Portland Trades 1B Donnie Lawson
NY picks up a solid starting 1B who had lost his spot in Portland and has a very modest Salary.
NY Trades SP Glenn McMillian
Mcmillian can be a back of the rotation guy but most likely a Long RP.
NY improves its team right away and wins the trade.