Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
July 29, 2003
BASEBALL: The Right Idea

The Mets made a very small, but very sound, trade yesterday:

Graeme Lloyd, a 36-year-old left-handed reliever, was traded to the Kansas City Royals for minor-league pitcher Jeremy Hill in what interim general manager Jim Duquette expects to be the team's final deal before Thursday's trade deadline.

Hill, converted from catcher after the 2000 season, has been clocked as high as 98 mph this season and will compete for the closer's role down the line.

"We had our scouts on him for a while," Duquette said before last night's 4-2 loss to Milwaukee at Shea Stadium. "In our discussions about (Roberto) Alomar and (Jeromy) Burnitz, (Hill) was a guy we identified and were trying to get. ... This guy has a significant arm. I am surprised we were able to get him in a deal."

As the article goes on to say, this adds another hard-throwing prospect to the Mets minor league system, helping to slowly correct a major deficiency in the organization from the last few years.

This is another solid move by Duquette.

Posted by The Mad Hibernian at 06:51 PM | Baseball 2002-03 | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
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