Detroit, Seattle Post First Trade of 2018

The Detroit Motorheads will send 29-year-old right-hander Jason Connery to Seattle in return for minor league prospect catcher Kurt Kopitzke, the teams announced today.

The Seattle Salts are certain to slot Connery into their starting five for 2018, as the Hudson Falls, NY native shows steady signs of improvement after four full seasons at the top pro level.

He joins a star-studded rotation that includes Adam Price, a two-time All-Star and Bull Cup champ, Aaron Reed, another All-Star, and curve-baller Roger Lyons, who won 13 games for Seattle last year.

Detroit added William Febres and Matthew Rendall this offseason, leaving them in a bind to solve their pitching for this season. But the Motorheads have room in their budget for a reasonably priced free agent, and a reasonably stocked minor league system that includes 2017 first-round (and 3rd overall) pick Dave Tripp, who went 4-0 with a 2.68 ERA for Niagara Academy, striking out 68 batters in 53.2 innings in his final high school season before being drafted in June.

Kopitzke, meanwhile, adds some solid baseball fundamentals to the Motorheads minors, with scouts remarking favorably on his raw power and good head for the game.

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