Thursday, June 15, 2006

Riske Traded To ChiSox

I just heard this. David Riske, one of the few members of the bullpen that once in a while is able to record an out (NOT including Paps), was traded this afternoon to the Chicago White Sox for lefthander Javier Lopez. Said our Theo...
"We spoke to the White Sox trying to acquire Lopez,” said Epstein. “We sent a scout out to see him and got an excellent scouting report. We had a bit of redundancy with right-handed relievers. [Riske] was behind other guys in similar role, so we felt he was expendable to get a lefty who we think could help us now." The club likes Lopez, and sent a professional scout to see him with Charlotte (AAA). His velocity is averaging 88 mph, his fastball has good sink on it and he should provide “a very uncomfortable at-bat for left-handed hitters, but he’s still effective against right-handers,'’ said Epstein. He made it clear that the team is waiting for another reliever to step up and become a reliable option in the middle innings before the ball can be handed off to Mike Timlin and Jonathan Papelbon. Whether that pitcher is a veteran like Rudy Seanez or Julian Tavarez, or a younger pitcher like Manny Delcarmen, Jermaine Van Buren, Craig Hansen eventually or even Lopez, remains to be seen***Peter here....We can only hope. And BEHIND Rudy and Julia??????? Bye David, and hello Javie.


At 6/15/2006 4:15 PM, Anonymous jonathan said...

yea i am going to read up on this kid..looks like he has pitched in 171 games at the big league level, def a good trade both ways...riske pitched in the al central the last few we never used him...but the real kicker in this deal pete is we get rid of a pitcher named riske


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