Monday, December 08, 2008
Los Angeles/Cleveland trade
Three second basemen were traded today in a deal between the Los Angeles Scorpions and Cleveland Steamers. Heading to California is 2B James Grimes, in exchange for 2B Nathanael Burton and hot 2B prospect Leon Cardoso. Also heading to Cleveland is MR prospect Richard Kane, who is rumored to be wondering if he's being converted to the infield, too, as well as Los Angeles's 5th round pick in 2014, which this reporter assumes will be used by Cleveland to draft another 2B.
"We knew going into the season that we needed another bat in the infield," Los Angeles GM Michael Weintraub announced from his seaside office at the Scorpion Pit, the team's oceanside stadium in Redondo Beach, CA. "We've inquired about the big names at the keystone position, but we either got no response, or the other GMs wanted too much. Jeremy was an easy sell."
Cardoso, one of the top prospects in the meagre Los Angeles farm system, was a recent first round pick (#12 overall) in the amateur draft.