The Diamondbacks and Reds made a deal yesterday. The D’Backs received 27 year-old southpaw Jon Coutlangus in exchange for 23 year-old outfielder Daniel Perales.
Coutlangus has control issues, but the Reds used him for 41 innings last year. Lefties batted .231/.388/.277 off him. Baseball America liked Coutlangus in ’07, suggesting that the converted outfielder’s deception and cutter might be enough for him to shake off the lefty specialist tag. The D’Backs were lacking in left-handed relievers; the Reds had designated Coutlangus for assignment on Opening Day. They had more than enough lefties.
Perales isn’t much of a prospect, though FutureBacks.com draws a Reed Johnson comparison and had him in Arizona’s top 50 back in December.