Former Midwest Leaguers Didi Gregorius and Domingo Leyba were among the four players swapped as part of a three-team trade involving the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks today.
Gregorius goes from Arizona to New York, where he will replace the recently-retired Derek Jeter at shortstop. As a Cincinnati Reds prospect in 2010, Gregorius batted .273 with 5 HR, 41 RBI and 16 SB in 120 games with the Dayton Dragons. He made his major-league debut with the Reds in 2012 and played with the Diamondbacks the past two seasons.
Detroit sends LHP Robbie Ray and 2B/SS Leyba to Arizona. Leyba played 30 games with the West Michigan Whitecaps this year, batting .397 with 1 HR and 7 RBI. He was ranked the No. 8 Tigers prospect in Baseball America’s 2014 Prospect Handbook. Ray made his MLB debut with the Tigers this year.
New York sends RHP Shane Greene to Detroit. He was ranked the No. 16 Yankees prospect in Baseball America’s 2014 Prospect Handbook and made his MLB debut this year.
You can read Baseball America’s analysis of the trade here.
Speaking of Baseball America, make sure to check out this article from Thursday about the Whitecaps being the Class A winner of the publication’s Bob Freitas Award.
Main Street Baseball buys another team
Main Street Baseball, the Davenport, Iowa-based group of investors that owns the Quad Cities River Bandits, reportedly has purchased the Billings Mustangs, a team in the short-season Pioneer League. The Mustangs are a rookie-league affiliate of the Reds.
Main Street Baseball also owns the High Desert Mavericks, the High-A California League affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
Dempster retires, joins Cubs front office
RHP Ryan Dempster officially retired today after last pitching for the Boston Red Sox in 2013.
Dempster is joining the Chicago Cubs front office as a special assistant to team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer. His duties will include scouting assignments, evaluating amateur players leading up to the draft, and visiting the club’s minor-league affiliates during the season.
The South Bend Cubs are Chicago’s Midwest League affiliate.
Dempster pitched in the Midwest League in parts of two seasons. As a Marlins prospect in 1996, he went 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 26.1 IP for the Kane County Cougars. His four starts included a shutout.
He also started five games for the 2004 Lansing Lugnuts while in the process of making a comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery. The Lugnuts were a Cubs affiliate at that time, and Dempster subsequently served as Chicago’s closer for three seasons before becoming a starter again in 2008.