April 4, 2004

Nice Move, Shapiro

It looks like Indians G.M. Mark Shapiro did pretty well for the organization, when you consider everybody knew he was anxious to get rid of Milton Bradley. Today the Indians traded Bradley to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Franklin Gutierrez and another prospect to be named later. Gutierrez was the Dodgers' minor league Player of the Year last season, playing at Class A Vero Beach. A recent article from mlb.com has this to say about him;

Through three seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system, outfielder Franklin Gutierrez has emerged as one of the organization's top prospects, evidenced by the recognition bestowed upon him by Baseball America, which named him as the No. 3 prospect in the Dodger organization, the best power hitter in the Dodger system and the 31st-best prospect in Major League Baseball...

...playing for both Single-A Vero Beach and Double-A Jacksonville, he combined for a .287 batting mark, 24 home runs, 31 doubles, seven triples, 80 RBI, 77 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 128 games...

...Gutierrez was chosen to play in both the Florida State League All-Star Game and the Major League Futures Game in Chicago, where he represented the World Team. In addition, he was chosen to the season-end FSL All-Star Team. Baseball America rated him as the fourth-best prospect in the FSL, also calling him the league's Most Exciting Player.

The Indians will receive a second player in the deal as well, one that Shapiro has referred to as another "top prospect". They will have their pick of three players from a list approved by the Dodgers, and will have two months or so to scout all three before making their selection.

UPDATE 4/5: Adam Rubin in the N.Y. Daily News quotes a Mets official as saying that the Dodgers gave up "a Sammy Sosa-caliber prospect" in Franklin Gutierrez.

Posted by dan at April 4, 2004 7:40 PM