Good Luck, Flo and Vallejo

A brief off-day musing between laundry and cleaning…

In case you didn’t see it, former LumberKings Ruben Flores (’09) and Jose Vallejo (’06-’07) were traded by the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, respectively, in the last two days.

Flores, Clinton’s All-Star closer this season was shipped to the Milwaukee Brewers (my employer for seven-plus years) in exchange for Bill Hall.  Hall was falling out of favor in Milwaukee and he’s an old favorite of Jack Zduriencik, so he shouldn’t have a problem fitting in.  For Flores, being included in a deal like this will give him a fresh start.  He had great stuff with the Kings this year, but struggled upon return to High Desert.  The Brewers are getting a guy with a great fastball, even better spike curve, excellent intensity and outstanding character overall. 

Vallejo was traded to the Houston Astros in the high profile deal that brought Pudge Rodriguez back to the Rangers.  This deal also makes sense for both sides.  The Rangers bring back one of their all-time fan favorites (this deal is on par with Griffey’s return to Seattle in my eyes) and Vallejo gets an easier route to the big leagues that doesn’t have Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Joaquin Arias in the picture.

It’s probably been bittersweet for both leaving the organizations that drafted/signed them, but these trades seem to work best for everyone.  Good luck to the both of them.

-DL

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