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MLBWeird But True

The Philadelphia Phillies Traded A Minor League Prospect To The Los Angeles Angeles For “No Compensation”


When the Miami Heat dumped Dexter Pittman on the Memphis Grizzlies, they were clearing a roster spot. Ricky Sanchez, the player they received in return, is never expected to jump from his native Puerto Rico to the NBA. Garage sale-style salary dumps are not uncommon in sports – particularly at the trade deadline, when competing teams hope to scoop up languishing stars while non-contenders hoard draft picks for their spare parts. But there’s always compensation of some kind, if only per league rules. Cash, a minor league scrub, a future draft pick, something tangible. There are rules, after all.

Just not in baseball, apparently. Minor League pitcher Mike Cisco was traded yesterday from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Los Angeles Angeles, and he was traded for no one and nothing. Zero. “No compensation,” officially.

How is this even possible, you ask? No idea. But you’d think his 1.80 E.R.A. in 75 innings pitched at the AA and AAA level would earn him at least some tangible value. The Phillies, for what it’s worth, dealt him because they have an excess of pitchers at the AA and AAA level, and the Angels are a team for which he could actually pitch. Still, this is a generous use of the word “trade.”

[Big League Stew]


  • Anonymous

    They offered Vernon Wells.

  • Ironpeddler

    Either it’s unofficial compensation for something done previously or for something down the road. Too obvious say otherwise.

    Sort of like the Anquan Boldin trade between brothers. I’m sure there could have been another team willing to give Baltimore a pick higher than a 6th rounder for Boldin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SANTA.LORRIN Lorrin Montag Sr

    Could be a Trojan Horse…

  • thegreatcounselor

    Maybe dipoto hooked up the phils gm with a couple of hookers.

  • Francisco

    There’s a lot of focus on his ERA but look at his secondary normals and it doesn’t seem as great: for reliever a K/9 of 7.0 is a bit low, and in fact at AAA is was 5.3… that’s not very good for an RP, unless he’s meant to be sinker-baller ground out machine. Also his WHIP is consistently around 1.22, which is mundane to be honest. The B/9 is 3.0 which is … average I guess for middle relief. His low ERA may be masking some secondary deficiencies. What I’m trying to say is he seems to be an ordinary RP and this is at the minor league level.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.donohue.39 Lee Donohue

    typical amaro move, give away our young prospects. they will not win more than 77 games this season and they will need some luck to do that


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