April 27, 2008

New Jersey Hitmen and Duluth Warriors

December 1st, 2007

New Jersey receives:
SP Anthony Bagg (24, ML) - $1.4/$1.4/$1.4
3B Dan Schaffner (27, ML) - $7.0/$7.7

Duluth receives:
LF Manuel Rivera (31, ML) - $10.6/$11.7
SP Francisco Torano (31, AAA) - minor league contract
3B Harry Cassity (18, AAA) - minor league contract

Since Then:
Bagg started 17 games with New Jersey going 5-6 with a 4.63 ERA before being traded to Canton (7/14/08). As of '09, Bagg has gradually regressed from his decent '07 season with West Virginia and appears to be running out of chances to prove himself worthy of a big league roster spot.
Schaffner had a fabolous '08 season. He batted .312 with 8 homers and 64 RBIs in 147 games with New Jersey. He has continued his solid production in '09. Although his numbers are not flashy, Schaffner is a solid hitter who is capable of being an everyday starter.

Rivera batted .227 with 14 homeruns and 72 RBIs in 147 games with Duluth in '08. He has remained with Duluth in '09 and is having an average season. His run and power production numbers have steadily declined from his '07 All-Star days with then PEBA Champion, New Jersey.
Torano has pitched well at Duluth's AAA affiliate in '08 and '09. He has had continued success in his limited time with Duluth's big ball club in '09. Despite his success, Torano is on the older end of his career and nothing much should be expected of him.
Cassity played extremely well in '08 at Duluth's SS-A affiliate. He has struggled thus far in '09 after being promoted directly from SS-A to AAA. Possessing limited talent, Cassity does not appear to have the make-up to be a big league player.

This trade was part of a 4-way trade amongst Canton, Duluth, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

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