CUBS TRADE OHMAN, INFANTE
From Fox Sports:
The Braves, filling their need for a left-handed reliever, have acquired Will Ohman and infielder Omar Infante from the Cubs for Class AA reliever Jose Ascanio, according to major-league sources.
The deal, first reported by ESPN Radio in Chicago, creates payroll flexibility for the Cubs for other pursuits. Ohman is under contract for $1.6 million next season while Infante is projected to receive about $1.5 million in arbitration.
Ascanio is 22, and was 2-2 with a 2.54 ERA and 10 saves at Class AA Mississippi last season. He also pitched in 13 games for the Braves. He allowed only 1 HR in AA in 78 innings while striking out 71 batters.
I like this move. Ohman was bad and unwanted and I thought the acquisition of Infante was superfluous. And when Kerry Wood gets hurt on April 26th, they can bring up Ascanio!