The D-backs announced that outfielder Rey Fuentes has been designated for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for catcher Alex Avila, whose previously reported two-year contract with Arizona is now official.
Fuentes, 27 next month, logged a career-high 145 plate appearances with Arizona last season and batted .235/.278/.338 with three homers and four stolen bases while spending time at all three outfield spots. The former first-rounder has, at times, been considered among the best prospects in both the Red Sox and Padres organizations and was one of four players sent from Boston to San Diego in the 2010 Adrian Gonzalez blockbuster.
Through 225 plate appearances in the Majors, Fuentes has just a .595 OPS, but hit at a .300/.361/.397 clip in 1154 plate appearances in parts of five seasons at the Triple-A level.
Definitely thought it would’ve been John Ryan Murphy as the odd man out. Now they’re carrying 4 catchers on the 40 man. Trade potentially?
No trade their backup chargers all suck
Sometimes I think autocorrect taketh more than it giveth.
Let Rey Fuentes be a reminder that it’s ok to move prospects for star players. Top prospect for Boston. Now he’s being DFAd for…Alex Avila.
Casey Stern says it best: prospects are cool, parades are cooler.
I mean…..but Rizzo
Traded as part of the package for Adrian Gonzalez from the Red Sox.
To the Cubs! Theo drafted him and always likes to bring back his draft picks.
I thought that picture was JD Mart!!! Ahh!!!
I was guilty too
south suburb sox fan
Bats left, experience in CF, White Sox starter
The only reason I’m even intrigued by this guys is because he’s related to Carlos Beltran.
Figured this one was coming. He’s out of options, and the outfield is pretty much full starters and bench and they have Hazelbaker in AAA on the 40 and Ramon Flores and Cesar Puello as other emergency options
(And Jay Gonzalez in the event of Armageddon)
I’m thinking the Blue Jays will scoop him up.
You win some trades you lose some trades.
1 st to 3 rd round picks generally get the benefit of having very solid support from Management..
Groome to me being an exception–I have not seen him play. When he was passed over early by other teams I think the Sox thought they were getting a potentially solid performer. He’s been on the shelf early. No post HS experience–nothing to base your decision on thinking you are smarter than the GM”s that let him slide.
Probably worth the gamble. Hopefully he will be the real deal. Fuentes is only 27–like most other prospects–he may be a late bloomer like Henry Owens.