February 25, 2008

West Virginia Coal Sox and San Antonio Calzones of Laredo

July 31st, 2007

San Antonio receives:
RF Ki-Tong Pei (33, ML) - $15.9
1B Alberto Benítez (32, ML) - $5.5/$5.5
CF Martin Griffin (21, AA) - minor league contract

West Virginia receives:
C Victor Salgardo (25, ML) - $2.8/$3.3
CF Kenny Parker (28, ML) - $3.7/$3.7
MR Cade Phillips (25, ML) - $2.3/$2.6/$2.6
San Antonio's 3rd round 2008 draft pick (SP Santiago Sánchez - 17th pick)

Since Then:
Salgardo had 2 disappointing seasons with West Virginia and was promptly traded to Aurora (12/18/08).
Parker batted a meager .197 in 45 games with West Virginia and was traded to Gloucester in the offseason (10/13/07). As of '09, he has moved onto New Jersey where is a servicable outfielder.
Phillips went 2-2 with a 2.34 ERA in 24 games with West Virginia. He was traded to Charleston in the offseason (12/12/07) and remains a dependable reliever.
Sánchez has pitched well in the minors but suffered a major setback when he ruptured a disc in his back (4/27/09).

Pei batted .326 with 13 homers and 38 RBIs in 57 games with San Antonio. He became a free agent after the season and signed a 2 year deal worth $26,660,000 with the Shin Seiki Evas of the League of the Rising Sun. He continues to be an All-Star caliber slugger over in Japan.
Benítez batted .325 with San Antonio in '07. He was traded back to West Virginia on 6/28/08 where he continues to be an All-Star caliber contact hitting first baseman.
Martin has been a decent utility outfielder for San Antonio.

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