June 28, 2008

West Virginia Coal Sox and San Antonio Calzones of Laredo

June 28th, 2008

West Virginia receives:
DH Alberto Benítez (33, ML) - $5.5

San Antonio receives:
LF Lorenzo Ramírez (37, ML) - $.4.4
C Willie Jeffries (26, AAA) - minor league contract

Since Then:
Benítez, a 2008 All-Star, played well for West Virginia in 87 games after the trade. He batted .310 with 6 homeruns and 48 RBIs. Since then, he has signed a 3-year contract extension worth $20,000,000 with West Virginia. As of '09 he remains a consistent high contact gap power hitter.

Ramírez played well with San Antonio but was traded two weeks later to Connecticut (7/14/08). He retired after the '08 season. He has had an excellent productive career in PEBA prior to retirement.
Jeffries played poorly for San Antonio in 25 games after the trade. He was traded to Canton in the offseason (11/25/08). As of '09, he has struggled in the big leagues and may be better suited as a AAA catcher.

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