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The three-way is coming true. The Minor Leaguers involved appear to be: Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss from the Red Sox; Bryan Morris and Andy LaRoche from the Dodgers… More to come…
As the deadline quickly approaches, rumors were abuzz that Jason Bay was headed to Tampa in return for shortstop Reid Brignac and pitcher Jeff Niemann. But not so fast.
A source has told me there is no done deal… yet. One of the above names has not been made available. I’ve got no confirmation on this, but my guess is that Brignac is the one the Rays won’t part with.
More as this develops…
That’s the rumor, anyway. The Reds would get 2B Danny Richar and RHP Nick Masset for Ken Griffey Jr.
Richar was supposed to compete for the big-league job at second, but visa issues made him late for Spring Training and then a broken rib kept him out until the end of May. He’s hitting .262 with nine homers 11 steals in 62 games for for Triple-A Charlotte. The 25-year-old could head to Triple-A Louisville if the trade becomes official. Richar hadn’t spent that much time in the White Sox organization, coming over a year ago in June (he spent some time in the bigs last summer after the trade) from the Diamondbacks in return for minor league outfielder Aaron Cunnigham, who’s since been traded to Oakland. He’s got a career .290 average in the Minors with a .441 SLG and 73 stolen bases.
It’s being reported that the Mariners have found a home for LHP Arthur Rhodes: South Florida. According to ESPN, the veteran reliever is being exchanged for 22-year-old Minor League right-hander Gaby Hernandez. He’s dealt with some injuries, but he’s still a big, strong right-hander with some pretty good potential. If the deal is official, it’ll be the second time Hernandez has been a part of a trade, going from the Mets to the Marlins as part of the Paul LoDuca trade in December 2005. More later as it develops…
Note: I have received confirmation from a team source from one of the teams involved that this is indeed a done deal.
Sure, there are bigger names from the Minor League perspective being mentioned out there — and I’ll be blogging all day on prospects both rumored to be and actually dealt — but the one deal overnight that was official was the huge LaTroy Hawkins to the Astros deal. The Yankees had designated the reliever for assignment, but then found a taker in Houston.
In return, the Astros sent their 10th-round pick from the 2007 draft, Matt Cusick, to New York. The USC product was hitting .285 with a .365 OBP and .462 SLG in his first full season with Lexington in the South Atlantic League. The left-handed hitting second baseman was a SAL All-Star this year as well as a New York-Penn League All-Star in his pro debut with Tri-City last summer, when he hit .306 with a .422 OBP and .446 SLG.
Cusick is one of those slightly undersized, gritty middle infield types. He’s not blessed with the greatest tools in the world, but has a makeup that’s off the charts and constantly works to improve all facets of his game. He doesn’t have much power and isn’t blessed with great speed, though he’s used his smarts and plus instincts to go 8-for-9 in stolen-base attempts. What he does bring to the Yankees is an ability to make consistent contact — he doesn’t strike out much (43 K vs. 40 BB in 94 games) — and get on base. He’s largely been used as a leadoff hitter in Lexington, where he’s hit .322 in that role with a .394 OBP and .513 SLG (mostly 16 doubles, 4 triples, a suprising seven homers in 236 AB), but might profile better as a No. 2 hitter with a terrific approach at the plate.