SOX DEAL VAZQUEZ TO BRAVES
Ken Williams makes his 3rd transaction (by my count, anyway) of the offseason. He signed Viciedo and dealt Swisher. Now he moves 2 arms to Atlanta for 3 prospects.
The Trib reports that the Sox are expected to receive top catching prospect Tyler Flowers, speedy infielder Brent Lillibridge, Class A third baseman Jon Gilmore and 20-year-old left-hander Santos Rodriguez, according to a major-league source.
Tyler Flowers seems to be the prize here, other than the shedding of $23 million dollars in salary. Over at Minor League Ball, John Sickels has Flowers rated as the Braves’ 5th best prospect for 2009. Flowers hit .288/.427/.494 in high A ball this past season. Sickels says of Flowers, “Love the power and walks, main question is glove.” He is the only player in the deal that Sickels has in his top 20 list.
Lillibridge will be 26 before the end of next season, and seems to be a marginal prospect at best. He was an incredible player in college at Washington, but that hasn’t translated to the minor league level.
Jon Gilmore was the Braves’ 1st round pick in 2007, and he just turned 20 years old. He doesn’t seem to have much power and has played in only 27 games above rookie ball.
Santos Rodriguez had impressive numbers in rookie ball last season. He K’d 45 in 29 innings and did not allow a home run.He is just 20 years old.
Looks like Ken Williams did a nice job in refreshing the White Sox farm system. And the Sox get rid of 2 of the most maddening pitchers on their team. Logan was rolling last year and then just fell off the deep end in a hurry. Maybe jumped off is a better description. And for Vazquez, every year was going to be the year that he finally put it together, but it never happened.
[tags]Ken Williams, Chicago White Sox, Tyler Flowers, Javier Vazquez[/tags]