October 4, 2008

San Antonio Calzones of Laredo and Canton Longshoremen

December 18th, 2008

San Antonio receives:
CL Will Guffin (26, AA) - minor league contract
Canton's 7th round 2009 draft pick (C Felipe Oliva - 10th pick)

Canton receives:
MR Shigeaki Otani (25, ML) - $1.2/arbitration

Since Then:
Guffin was released by San Antonio a few months later (5/24/09). He signed a 1-year minor league deal with San Luis PotosĂ­ of the Alianza BĂ©isbol Al Sur de la Frontera. Overall, Guffin is not much of a pitching talent. Expect him to bounce around various leagues as he tries to cling onto his baseball career.
Oliva, who was drafted out of high school, had a mediocre season with San Antonio's SS-A affiliate. He has shown the ability to hit high school pitching well so it remains to be seen if it will translate at the minor and big league level. Defensively, he has solid catching abilities that will mature with time. He could develop into a big league backup catcher one day.

Otani went 3-2 with a 3.95 ERA in 39 relief appearances with Canton in '09. An average reliever all-around, Otani is a respectable middle reliever and serviceable complementary bullpen piece.

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