Monday, November 26, 2012

First offseason trade

The Wild Things have made their first offseason trade, sending starting pitcher Casey Barnes, first baseman Michael Bando and a player to be named later to the River City Rascals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Albert Ayala, first baseman Chris Andreas and left-handed pitcher Cory Caruso.

Barnes, pictured, spent two seasons with Washington, posting an 11-12 record and a 3.11 ERA in 32 starts. In 2011, Barnes was third in the league with a 2.34 ERA but didn't finish the year with Washington as he had his contract purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies and spent a brief stint with their Williamsport affiliate in the New York-Penn League. Barnes had signed a contract extension with the Wild Things during the 2012 season.

Bando, the son of Washington manager Chris Bando, struggled at the plate in his only season with the Wild Things, batting .172 last year with one home run and eight doubles in 180 at-bats.

Ayala is a career independent leagues pitcher. He has spent six seasons in the Indy leagues, posting a 12-17 record with a 4.94 ERA and 17 saves in 155 games (20 starts). Last year, he played for River City and Southern Illinois, finishing with a 0-0 record, 9 saves and 2.95 ERA. He also played in the Frontier League in 2007 with River City and 2008 with the Midwest Sliders. Ayala turned 26 years old earlier this month.

Andreas is a 24-year-old first baseman who was a 39th round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2011 out of Sam Houston State. He played one year of rookie ball in the Mariners' system and hit .336 but did not have a home run in 116 at-bats. With River City last season, Andreas batted .261 in 79 games with 6 home runs and 11 doubles.

Caruso was a 50th round draft pick of the Miami Marlins in 2011 out of Cal State-San Bernardino but did not sign. He returned to college and last spring had a 3-4 record and 3.19 ERA, but he struck out only 51 in 90.1 innings, which suggests he's not a power pitcher. He signed with River City and pitched in 29 games (one start), going 0-2 with a 4.45 ERA. He struck out 25 in 28.1 innings. Caruso still has Rookie status.

By Wild Things standards, this is early in the offseason to make a trade, but River City and Gateway generally build their rosters sooner than the league other teams in the league.

Washington also signed pitcher Dominick Ruscitti, a rookie out of Kutztown University.

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started to cry happy tears when I saw buttons bando on that trade!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 26, 2012 at 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Trading Barnes? What a terrible decision. The organization keeps taking steps in the wrong direction.

Oh well, he will be better off. Get away from the awful management while you can Casey!

November 26, 2012 at 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Sorry to see Casey go, can't say the same for Michael - I do wish them both good luck.

November 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Swisscheda said...

Well, let's not get too excited just YET. First, Bando has to actually make his new team in spring training. After they let him go, when they see he can't hit, Daddy will be just waiting to snap him up again. But for now, it's one Bando gone, one more to go.

Ban The Bandos!

November 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its too bad that buttons Bando can't make a trade on his own merit. He had to tag along with Casey. At least Casey will have management and coaches that give a hoot. And Bando can get cut during spring training, like he should have been this year.

November 26, 2012 at 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally unbelievable! Possibly the worst of many BAD trades! Who could have orchestrated this deal? Makes absolutely no sense what so ever! Please bring Ross back!

November 28, 2012 at 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barnes has reached the pinnacle of his baseball career and Buttons never had a career to begin with. So, what's the big deal with this trade?
Just the WT stupid management trying to make us think they really give a crap.
Ban the Other Bando!

November 28, 2012 at 7:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on everyone. Washington just traded their BEST PITCHER because poor Michael Bando needed a place to play. This wasn't a trade to make the team better. This was a trade to appease the coach's son!

The Wild Things remain a Little League organization with no leadership at the top.

Ban the Bandos
Whack Zavacky
Stu-pid move

November 28, 2012 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We Hate Baseball" - Every Wild Things fan ever

November 28, 2012 at 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ban the Bandos
Whack Zavacky
Stu-pid move
That about sums it up.

Whacky Zavacky does not have a clue. He is just the whipping boy for Stu Williams.

November 29, 2012 at 4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trettel, now Beatty.. Am I wrongfully excited?

November 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris;

Who are these players anonymous 12:15 is talking about?

December 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out wild things picture Chris smith in the Australian baseball league. He was just selected to the ABL all-star team.

December 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM  

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