The Dallas Deputies have pulled the trigger on two trades that analysts say may have set back their progress towards being a playoff contender by at least a few more seasons.
Earlier today, the Deputies traded their top hitting regular, SS Celestino Caparica (.294/.353/.423, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 12 SB) and recently-signed right-hander Marco Helms, who last played for the Salts, where he went 9-5 with a 2.96 ERA and impressive 131 K’s over 118.2 innings.
In both trades, the Deputies received minor leaguers, suggesting Dallas expects to remain in the basement of the AEL East for the near future while they further develop what is arguably a top-10 minor league system.
In the Caparica trade, the 28-year-old Venezuelan, who spent 7 seasons with Denver before signing a 3-year deal with Dallas at the end of 2016, and was named to the LL All-Star team last season, went to the Rimouski Fighting Moose in exchange for catcher Kevin Hussey, CF Wilson Manrriquez, and LHP Mike Phenis, the best of whom appears to be the latter, who dealt 22 K’s in 16.1 innings of short season A last season, earning 2 wins.
In the Helms move, Dallas gained RF Clayton Stockley from the Battle Creek Attack after giving them Helms and $5 million in cash. Stockley showed promise and power, batting .311 and hitting 3 HR while driving in 5 runs and scoring 6 in 11 starts at winter rookie ball last year.