CIMO. Posted December 11, 2008 Report Share Posted December 11, 2008 From CastroTurf, of course Indians receive - RHP Joe Smith, minor league 2B Luis Valbuena Indians give up - OF Franklin Gutierrez Mets receive - JJ Putz, OF Jeremy Green, and RHP Sean Reed Mets give up - Aaron Heilman, OF Endy Chavez, 1B Mike Carp Mariners receive - Gutierrez, Heilman, Chavez, Carp Mariners give up - Putz, Valbuena, Green, Reed AC says the Mariners had planned on Valbuena starting the season at 2B in Seattle, so this could fill a hole (infield) while opening another one (I don't want to call it creating a hole) in the outfield. Choo would likely get the full time RF duty, and hopefully this deal means Shapiro and company are confident Brantley will be up sooner than later to take over LF. Just checked the stats... Valbuena just turned 23, left handed hitter. Played 70 games in AA and 58 in AAA, batting over .300, before being called up to Seattle for 18 games, where he batted .245/.315/.347. Mostly hit from the #9 spot in the lineup. Seems to play a great defensive second base, and have a decent amount of speed. 18 steals in 128 games over AA/AAA last year, but none in his big league stint. This seems like much more of a "Tribe Move" than signing Kerry Wood. Obviously I'd much rather have Furcal or Hudson, but this could be good as a much more affordable option, and we don't really cut ties with Barfield, who should have a shot at the job in spring training. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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