Wednesday, June 08, 2005

« Tigers trade Urbina to Philly for Polanco »

By Suss
Ugueth Urbina (ESPN.com)Placido Polanco (ESPN.com)Urbina, the Tigers' closer, was traded to the Phillies along with utility infielder Ramon Martinez in exchange for Placido Polanco.

Polanco is hitting .316 and rarely strikes out (9 K in 158 AB). He should get playing time ahead of current second baseman Omar Infante, who his only hitting .215. Infante can then play the utility infielder Martinez used to be.

But the real loss is Urbina, although he seems to find a new team each year (six different teams in five years, third time he's been traded in midseason). Now he goes into a bullpen in Philadelphia along with Billy Wagner and Rheal Cormier. This is a smart pick-up for the Phils as they vie with every other team in the NL East for the division.

2 Comments:

Blogger -J. said...

Great for the Phils, grumbly for any Urbina fantasy owner who was hoping for a trade that would give him a definite closer role. (Which, I think, he's made a convincing case for.)

June 09, 2005 12:38 PM  

Blogger Suss & The Family Stone said...

With Polanco gone, it also clears room for Chase Utley.

For some reason I don't have a fantasy beisbol team this year. Never thought about it from that perspective, but U-Cubed was, is and can still be a big league closer.

June 10, 2005 1:03 AM  

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