In professional sports, there are always some interesting transactions. Some are ground-braking, like trading a top-tier player for a bunch of prospects. You know, something interesting like that.
Watching players fly around teams like that is something that I, personally find very enjoyable. I was intrigued this morning when I was informed that the Philadelphia Phillies traded a relief pitcher from their minor league club.
Hmm, I wonder what we got. Maybe a low draft pick or some other minor league prospect? Maybe some cash compensation?
As I read the article, I kept trying to see if I was possibly reading over something.
But the headline reminded me that not all trades make sense.
What? Nothing? No money? No prospects?
Yup, that’s right. The Phillies literally got NOTHING from the Angels. The Angels got Mike Cisco, and the Phillies opened a roster spot.
Granted, the Phillies made the move because they believed that they were holding too many minor league pitchers. Fine, send a guy away. But, don’t just hand him over. Get something back for him. It doesn’t have to be a player. Just get some cash or something.
But NOTHING?! That’s inexcusable. I’m honestly in shock. How can a professional front office actually make this kind of move?
This is just a total head-scratcher.
Right, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.?