Has been named today:
The Cardinals winced Monday morning. The San Diego Padres have acquired pitching prospect Luke Gregerson as the player to be named in the Dec. 4 deal that brought the Redbirds shortstop Khalil Greene.
The selection is hardly a throwaway. Gregerson, 24, impressed manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan during a couple late-inning appearances in Grapefruit League games. Duncan, who typically holds young arms to a high standard, mentioned Gregerson on multiple occasions as someone he would like to see again. Gregerson possesses above-average command of a sinking fastball. He had made the Florida State League All-Star Game and Texas League All-Star Game in his two full professional seasons. Gregerson last season allowed RH hitters a .202 average and six extra-base hits in 217 plate appearances with 59 strikeouts against only 11 walks.
So, in essence, with Mark Worrell's arm getting the best of him in the end (rather than the Cardinal organization's master plot to drag him down in life), we get Khalil Greene straight up for Luke Gregerson. Good job, Mo.
Win, win, win.
And no way does San Diego ever trade with the Cardinals again. You would have thought they'd have learned after that whole SS-for-SS swap.