December 17th, 2008
San Antonio receives:
MR Hiroya Kobayashi (23, ML) - $1.8/arbitration/arbitration
MR Shigeaki Otani (25, ML) - $1.2/arbitration
West Virginia receives:
SP Alfredo Pinto (34, ML) $3.9/$3.9
Kobayashi pitched terribly for San Antonio in'09. In 38 relief appearances (56.1 IP), hewent 1-3 with a 7.35 ERA. He wa released after the season (10/01/09). A day later, he signed a 1-year minor league deal with La Vega of the Liga Dominicana de Béisbol Invernal. A below average pitcher, expect Kobayashi to bounce around leagues and ballclubs quite a bit.
Otani was traded to Canton a day later (12/18/09). He had a decent season in '09 with Canton and overall grades out as an average pitcher best suited for early to mid-relief innings.
Pinto split time between West Virginia and their AAA affiliate. With West Virginia, he went 3-8 with a 5.97 ERA in 11 starts. Entering his mid-30s, the end very well may be near for Pinto. He's a liability on any big league pitching staff