(GAME DATE — July 25, 2020) — Reports have surfaced that St. Petersburg have pulled the trigger on a second trade today. The Admirals have agreed to send 25-year-old minor league LHP Andy Forbes to the New York Dragons in exchange for 31-year-old veteran reliever, RHP Fred Loveless. “It’s a done deal,” said one executive speaking on the condition of anonymity. “I’m surprised word got around so quickly. We just signed off on this an hour ago.” The deal apparently is awaiting physicals before an official announcement is made by either team.
For the year Loveless has made 41 relief appearances and claimed 14 saves. His record is 4-5 with 34 strikeouts in 45.1 innings and a 3.38 ERA.
For the Admirals, the addition of a reliever capable of filling the closer role effectively is critical with regular closer Kevin Krohn on the DL for at least another two weeks. Loveless throws a curve with a lot of movement, and can rely on other breaking pitches as well.
This is the second time Loveless has played for the organization. In 2013, he was traded from the Toronto Ducks along with Katai Kitagawa and Masato Watanabe in a deal that saw catcher Hong-ryul Oh move to the Ducks, among other players. He played there, when the club was still in San Diego, until their 2017 season when the team moved to Anchorage. A starter back in those days, Loveless was traded to New York along with four others in order for the Admirals to acquire starter Harry Ferguson and three other players.
With New York, he was transitioned to the bullpen where he has been very effective.
Forbes was signed as a free agent to a minor league deal with the Admirals in 2017. He was part of the 2019 Heifer League championship Savannah Buccaneers on their way to a Heifer Cup, and was named to the Heifer League all-star game this year.
At one time he had been highly rated as a reliever, but is now thought of as an eventual mop-up man at the higher levels.