Deadline Day (Media Relations Mutterings)

-Kevin Zeni, Media Relations Assistant

As all you die-hard baseball fans know, and as you not so diehard fans are about to find out, the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline is this afternoon. While several clubs have already made some substantial moves over the last few days and weeks, some of the biggest and most exciting action doesn’t occur until seconds before the 4 P.M. Eastern Time deadline.

While many folks believe that these trades solely affect just the major league teams, and in some cases that is the case, more often than not, it is minor league players like the ones here in the South Atlantic League that become parts of these big deals. Already, SS Jimmy Paredes of the Charleston RiverDogs and SS Jonathan Villar of the Lakewood BlueClaws have been shipped to the Houston Astros organization in separate trades involving Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt.

While no players have been traded away from the Crawdads active roster, at least not yet, the trades made by the parent club Texas Rangers to acquire Cliff Lee, Jorge Cantu, and Christian Guzman will shakeup several of the organization’s Minor League rosters. As players at the upper levels get traded in each of these deals, guys from the lower levels get the opportunity to move up a level in a domino effect, thus affecting several teams’ rosters.

The deadline is always an exciting time with teams that have fallen out of the race moving veterans to cut costs and teams looking to make a stretch run into the playoffs picking up those veterans to give them that extra edge. I can’t wait to see how the next few hours unfold.

Kevin enters his first season as media relations assistant with the
Crawdads and second year in minor league baseball, after spending the
2009 campaign with the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League
(High-A).  The Los Angeles, California, native is a 2009 graduate of the University of La Verne.

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