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Friday, June 16, 2006
White Sox - Acquired Riske
Chicago White Sox - Acquired P David Riske from the Boston Red Sox for P Javier Lopez.
A pure need-for-need trade. The Red Sox have been short on lefty specialists lately, with Lenny Dinardo and the backup plan, Mike Holtz, residing on the disabled list. Lopez has had an up-and-down career, the “up” being a wonderful 2003 season for the Rockies and the “down” mainly being his play since, especially his role as a LORGY (Lefty One Run GuY) for the Diamondbacks last season. Lopez is dominating in the minors this season, though he also pitched well in AAA last season, too.
Riske hasn’t pitched much, but he has a solid track record and should be one of the key relievers for Chicago as long as his back doesn’t become a persistent issue. Politte, Hermanson, and even Jeff Nelson are all injured at the moment, so Riske becomes that much more important. Riske’s a good pitcher and a solid addition even when everybody’s healthy. The team had no interest or need for a LOOGY - Neal Cotts is a Lefty Many Out GuY and Matt Thornton, though of significantly lesser quality than Cotts, can also go a number of batters. Picking up a player like Riske for free is a nice move for the team.
The Tigers really need to start making finds like this instead of relying on Todd Jones to turn things around. When everyone’s healthy, the White Sox bullpen will be rock-solid.
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