July 7, 2008

New Orleans Trendsetters and London Underground

July 14th, 2008

New Orleans receives:
3B Dominic Gagné (29, ML) - $4.9

London receives:
LF Daron Little (37, ML) - $2.3
1B Morimasa Sasaki (24, AAA) - minor league contract
SP Felipe Rodríguez (22, SS-A) - minor league contract

Since Then:
Gagné flourished with New Orleans in 68 games. He batted .313 with 17 homeruns and 49 RBIs after the trade while helping New Orleans win the 2008 PEBA Championship, He became a free agent after the season but was not signed until Reno after 3-year deal mid-way through the '09 season (8/15/09). Overall, he rates as an above average switch hitter with competent skills at the hot corner.

Little played decently for London. He hit .260 with 10 homers and 30 RBIs in 72 games. He retired after the '08 season.
Sasaki has played solidly for London's farm system in '08 and '09. A steady average player all along, Sasaki appears better suited as a minor league veteran than big league player.
Rodríguez has pitched well during his stint's at London's Class-A affiliate in '08 and '09. He has struggled since his promotion to AAA in '09. He grades out at best as a big league bottom rotation pitcher.

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