Cardinals trade Brendan Ryan to Mariners

The Cardinals traded Brendan Ryan today to the Seattle Mariners for pitching prospect Maikel Cleto.  Cleto was undrafted, signed from the Dominican Republic and has spent the last 4 years traveling between Rookie and A+ for the Mariners and Mets.  Cleto may have some upside that we will hopefully see a year or two from now.  I don’t want to bash a kid who is only 21 years old.  Hopefully there’s a scout or two who feels he has something to offer. 

Cleto has a big body (6’3”, 218 lbs.), and apparently has a fastball consistently between 95 to 97 MPH, but is without another consistent pitch.  In 303 IP in the minors so far, he has a 5.17 ERA, a 1.51 WHIP and 218 K’s.  Here is Cleto’s baseball cube page.

I guess no one was trying to put a charge up Brendan Ryan’s ass after all.  After watching the Cardinals throw his name out there so easily, it had me wondering what they were going to do exactly.  I thought there was a 10% chance he would stay as a late inning replacement for defense in a post last week.  All the signs did point to him being traded, and it appears there was quite a bit about him that bothered a lot of teammates and coaches.  I’m sure a lot will come out in the next few days.

The player that should benefit the most from Ryan’s departure should be Tyler Greene.  A 1st round pick in 2005, Greene has shown flashes of power in the minors.  Greene has struggled defensively, but should be an upgrade as far as range over both Theriot and Schumaker.   Hopefully Greene can learn to provide power off the bench and feel comfortable in that role.

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