Back in July, at the Major League Baseball trade deadline, the Houston Astros traded Michael Bourn to the Atlanta Braves for a package of prospects that consisted of Brett Olberholtzer, Paul Clemens, Jordan Schafer and Juan Abreu. The story link below provides a behind the scenes look at the makings of the trade from the text and email exchange between Houston Astros general manager Ed Wade and Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren, to the meetings among the respective scouting departments, to the notifications to the players involved. It’s a really cool look at the simple yet complicated inner workings of a trade deadline deal.
Anatomy of a Baseball Trade — BusinessWeek.com
Top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz did not expect to be traded less than a year after signing with the Cleveland Indians who made him the fifth overall pick in 2010 out of Ole Miss. But in a trade deadline blockbuster, Pomeranz was was dealt to the Colorado Rockies, as the player to be named later, and the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez deal. The 6’5″ lefty is now in two weeks of limbo as he cannot officially be traded until August 15th, a calender year after he signed with Cleveland. So for now Pomeranz is back in his hometown of Memphis having cleared out his locker and said goodbye to his Akron Aeros teammates. He will report to the Indians camp in Goodyear, Arizona on Wednesday where he will remain until joining the Rockies organization on the 15th. In the story. which is a great read, Pomeranz talks about being shocked that he was traded, the awkwardness of being in limbo, and the prospects of pitching at Coors Field.
Drew Pomeranz deals with whirlwind last few days after trade to Rockies — DenverPost.com
The Chicago White Sox have acquired Toronto Blue Jays prospect Zach Stewart as part of a trade sending Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen to Toronto for Stewart and Jason Frasor. The 24 year old Stewart has long been a prospect in Blue Jays organization and made his major league debut in 2011 going 0-1 with a 4.86ERA for Toronto in 16.2 innings of work. At Double-A New Hampshire, Stewart has posted a 5-5 record with a 4.26ERA. He has 74 strikeouts in 94.1 innings and Eastern League batters were hitting a pretty hefty .286 against him. Stewart was originally a third round pick of the Cincinnati Reds back in 2008. He came to Toronto in the deal that sent Scott Rolen to the Reds back in 2009.