June 29, 2008

New Orleans Trendsetters and Canton Longshoremen

July 6th, 2008

New Orleans receives:
MR Carlos Antonio (33, ML) - $3.9/$3.9

Canton receives:
1B John Greene (25, ML) - $0.38/arbitration/arbitration/arbitration
MR Isei Imamura (24, ML) - $1.3/arbitration
3B Rubén Leal (30, AAA) - minor league contract
New Orleans' 6th round 2009 draft pick (C Pat Johnson - 20th pick)

Since Then:
Antonio went 0-1 with 2 saves and a 3.43 ERA in 39.1 innings with New Orleans in '08. He remains with New Orleans in '09 as a setup reliever and has pitched decently.

Greene played well with Canton in '08. In 49 games, he batted .302 with 4 homers and 20 RBIs. He has played the majority of the '09 season with Canton's AAA affiliate where he was selected to the 2009 Global Baseball Brotherhood All-Star Game. He has potential to be a big league starting first baseman but has yet to receive a fair opportunity at the job.
Leal played poorly for Canton's AAA affiliate and was released by Canton in the offseason (10/07/08). He signed a minor league contract with Bakersfield in the offseason (3/08/09). A '09 AAA All-Star, Leal has shown flashes of big league talent but may not receive an opportunity considering his age.
Imamura pitched poorly in 22 games with Canton in '08 and has since been reassigned to Canton's AAA affiliate in '09. He has pitched decently in the minors in '09 but appears to be a fringe big league reliever who at best will be a mop-up or long reliever.
Johnson has struggled in his first SS-A season with Canton in '09. However, he potentially grades out as a borderline big league catcher talent.

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