December 17th, 2008
San Antonio receives:
SP Norris Moncreiff (28, ML) - $4.0
SP Kisho Ageda (27, ML) - $0.59/$0.59
C Lorenzo Vega (32, ML) - $6.8/$6.8/$6.8
3B Will George (19, AAA) - minor league contract
Moncreiff was traded to New Jersey 2 days later (12/19/08). Over his career, he grades out as a respectable bottom of the rotation pitcher.
Ageda went 2-3 with a 5.73 ERA in 10 games with San Antonio in '09. He was waived and claimed by Tempe in the middle of the '09 season (6/22/09). Tempe released him a few weeks later (7/12/09). He signed to a 1-year minor league deal with Niihama-shi of the League of the Rising Sun shortly after (7/13/09). Overall, Ageda is a below average pitcher and should be used in non-crucial situations only.
Vega was unable to reproduce his '08 stellar numbers in '09. In 142 games with Omaha in '09, he hit .234 with 12 homeruns and 55 RBIs. In his early 30's, Vega grades out as an average catcher. It is highly unlikely he will ever come close to his solid '08 numbers.
George rebounded from '07 and '08 to have a stellar '09 season down at Omaha's Class-A affiliate. He has excellent raw tools and big things are projected out of him. Despite a lack of true power, George possesses a high ceiling offensively. Along with outstanding plate discipline, he possesses plus contact skills and gap power. He's regarded as the #27 prospect in PEBA (4/06/09).