Feb 15, 2011, 5:34 PM EST
The Cubbies got what in all likelihood will be bullpen help today when they acquired Robert Coello from the Red Sox. In exchange they sent infielder Tony Thomas to Boston.
Coello, who was DFA’s last week, had a brief callup at the end of last season. He only pitched in six games, but he struck out 10.9 batters per nine innings as a swingman down in AA and AAA. He’s not a prospect — he’s 26 — but he could be useful for Chicago.
Thomas is a 24 year-old infielder who showed a reasonable amount of pop in AA, putting up a line of .276/.338/.485 last year which is only a tad higher than his minor league career averages. Of course there isn’t anywhere for him on the Red Sox, but there is no shame in being an organizational soldier for a new organization, right?
Yeah, I know. This is small potatoes even for me, and I deal in a lot of small potato posts around here. In my defense, this is actual baseball content and not depressing contract negotiation stuff, and that should be worth something, right?
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