Trade Action Heats Up At Deadline

Several trade deals closed as of the trade deadline today, though none involved top billed players and only one involved a current playoff contending team.

First, LL West’s last place Battle Creek Attack (26-40) dealt third baseman Ramon Gomez to the LL East’s Detroit Motorheads (29-38)  in exchange for first baseman Ed Langston and a minor league outfielder.

Gomez, who originally signed with the Kingston Cannons as an international prospect out of Columbia back in 2004, is hitting .248 in his major-level career. Detroit is his fourth team in three seasons, and this move looks like a best fit scenario for him as he brings his cannon infield arm and some home run popping potential to the Motorheads. Langston, meanwhile, is a solid defensive first baseman who has hit for his share of extra bases, and holds a career .709 OPS in his fourth major season.

Veteran Kyle Cahill joined the struggling Dallas Deputies from California in a recent trade

In the AEL, the last place Dallas Deputies (28-39) sent two minor league prospects to the California Tidals (30-38) in exchange for Kyle Cahill, a veteran lefty starter who won the Sandy Koufax Award in 2014, and a Bull Cup the year before that, his first year with the Tidals.

The move leaves the Tidals short on talent in their rotation, but at 8 games out of a wildcard spot the move seems geared towards freeing up budget and preparing for next season. Cahill had gone 8-5 so far this year for California, maintaining an ERA of 3.90 and a respectable 1.21 WHIP. Leaving Dallas are Keith Clark, a third baseman who was drafted in June from the Rocky Mountain U Steamwheelers, and speedy center fielder Kazumitsu Nishimoto. Both had been on the Deputies rookie team roster and have remained at that level after the move.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Nomads (28-39) and Anchorage Aces (40-26) put the finishing touches on another deal that saw Nomads closer Cyril Lefevre and an 18-year-old prospect catcher go to the Aces for reliever Jim Torelli and prospect shortstop Ronnie van der Wal.  The Aces, who are in first place in the AEL West, needed to bolster their bullpen with a solid closer. Lefevre was 0-1 with 11 saves in 13 opportunities, and had been stewarding a 1.37 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP through 23 games this year. Torelli brings some youth to the Toronto roster, and was recently named the #19 prospect in the league. He has just one appearance this year and allowed 2 earned runs in 3 innings with Anchorage.

Toronto had earlier this month completed a trade with the Nevada Speeders, as well, in which they sent minor league prospect reliever Yu-hsui Jiu to the Speeders in exchange for veteran slugger outfielder R.J. Ray.  Ray was hitting .223 for Nevada, with 4 homers and 13 ribbies, while Jiu had gone 0-2 with 14 saves over 21.1 innings at AAA-level Brampton, striking out 25 batters and walking just 10.

The non-waiver trade deadline has now passed, and all trades until the end of the season must now pass revocable waivers.

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