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Tuesday, July 07, 2009
About an hour ago the White Sox announced their acquisition of reliever Tony Pena from the D'backs in exchange for Brandon Allen, a minor league infielder. Allen was ranked the ChiSox fourth best prospect by John Sickles so it shows a serious commitment from the White Sox side to bolster their bullpen (although the White Sox farm system is one of the worst in baseball).
Hurt by this trade is Matt Thornton who, before the Pena acquisition, was the next-in-line to become closer in the event of a Jenks trade or injury. We will have to see whether Thornton or Pena become the set-up man. My thought is Thornton will keep his set-up role.
Through this deal Arizona labels itself as a seller and that puts Chad Qualls in a precarious situation. Pena was the obvious replacement for Qualls, but now that Pena is gone I am not sure if Qualls is still available to be traded. My feeling is that if given the right price, the D'backs will part with Qualls and the semi-effective Jon Rauch would become the new Arizona closer.
Posted by Paul Singman at 8:14pm
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