Friday, July 30, 2010
Padres acquire Miguel Tejada, Oswalt to the Phillies, Capps is a Twin
The Padres acquired veteran infielder and former AL MVP Miguel Tejada, from the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles received hard-throwing AA pitcher Wynn Pelzer in the deal.
Tejada is having a subpar season by his standards in Baltimore, hitting just .269 with 7 HR's and 39 RBI. He is expected to play all around the infield for the Padres, and give them another veteran presence in a relatively young lineup.
Wynn Pelzer, a AA pitcher had a 4.20 ERA this season. He can touch the mid-nineties, and could potentially close in the future.
The Phillies made a bold move to acquire an ace, acquiring Roy Oswalt from Houston. The Astros received pitcher J.A. Happ, and two minor leaguers. Oswalt will join forces with co-ace Roy Halladay, to help the Phillies climb back into the race.
The Twins, desperate to climb back into the AL Central race, acquired closer Matt Capps from the Nationals in exchange for top catching prospect Wilson Ramos.
Capps was an All-Star for Washington this year, with 26 saves in 30 chances. He will help make the Twins bullpen a little deeper, sliding current closer Jon Rauch into a setup role.
Ramos, Minnesota's top prospect, was only hitting .241 in AAA, but scouts say he has a chance to be a future All-Star.
Kevin Says: I like the deal for the Padres. It gives them another veteran bat, and is a big upgrade, in terms of what they have currently. Everth Cabrera will likely be sent to AAA, when Tejada is activated.
The Oswalt deal will work for the Phillies, although I question why they dumped Cliff Lee in the first place. They got Houston to pick up half of the money that is owed to Oswalt between now and 2011. If J.A. Happ can come back healthy, the deal could be solid for Houston.
Posted by Kevin Charity at 1:47 AM