Wednesday, October 28, 2015
With the potential loss of Josh Mazzola, the Fish have bolstered their batting and added a solid outfielder with the acquisition of Logan Vick today. Vick was one of the breakout players on the Thunderheads' roster this season, with all kinds of mojo as an offensive player. The Goldeyes sent RHP Rett Varner to Amarillo. While on the surface it looks like a steal for Winnipeg, Varner was a solid bullpen hurler who will be missed. Interesting to note is that Amarillo had traded Vick to Sioux Falls on Oct. 16 for another RHP, Cameron McVey. Someone didn't want to report and they ended up swapping back players on Oct. 20. Let's hope this trade shall stick! All I can say is: is it spring yet?
Yesterday we finally got word of which players the Goldeyes would be exercising their options on. Of course, each player must be signed to a new contract, but here's what the line-up looks like: OF Reggie Abercrombie; C Luis Alen; LHP Kyle Anderson; C Ryan Babineau; IF James Boddicker; RHP Edwin Carl; SS Casio Grider; 1B Casey Haerther; OF Adam Heisler; LHP Nick Hernandez; RHP Matt Jackson; OF Nic Jackson; LHP Jon Jones; LHP Brendan Lafferty; RHP Brad Mincey; RHP Michael Noteware; RHP Jailen Peguero; RHP Mark Pope; OF Tillman Pugh; and RHP Rett Varner. No complaints here about any names on that list--a good combination of vets and young talent. Nic Jackson had an injury-plagued season so it would be nice to see him get a full season in with The Fish. The big name missing is Josh Mazzola, who chose to play out his option in 2015. The AA's home run king for 2015 will likely get plenty of offers from other teams.
On Oct. 13 -- the same day the Fish announced the reacquisitions of Abercrombie and Carl -- pitcher Anthony Smith was sent to the Schaumburg Boomers to complete a previous trade, while infielder Brad Boyer was put on irrevocable waivers with the purpose of granting his release. Given the up-and-down season the Goldeyes had in 2015, one shouldn't be surprised at any moves. Boyer is a dependable AA vet so I would expect another team in the league to show interest.
The Battery is back after a post-season hiatus, and what better way to get things rolling than with some roster moves in the Goldeyes Clubhouse. With the Goldeyes eliminated from post-season action, Reggie Abercrombie and Edwin Carl were promptly traded in September to the Atlantic League to help out with the late season runs of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and the Lancaster Barnstormers, respectively. Abercrombie assured fans on social media that he would be back as a Goldeye and true to his word, he was reacquired from Southern Maryland as future considerations for the previous deal. Ditto for Carl...so it was Abercrombie for Abercrombie and Carl for Carl in the type of deal that is typical in indy baseball. But if Carl demonstrates the durability to go along with his obvious pitching ability, he may be one of those AA pitchers that gets another shot at the majors. Time will tell next season. Pictured here: Reggie tries his hand at sports photography (with a camera "borrowed" from either Jeff or Tara Miller...always a clown, that Reggie) and Carl on the mound.