That crafty Craig Edwards already beat me to this punch, but Viva El Birdos would not be Viva El Birdos if we did not mourn the death of one of the best and longest active trade chains in baseball: The Kent Bottenfield chain.
The chain began back in 2000 when the Cardinals traded Kent Bottenfield (along with Adam Kennedy, though no one calls it the Kennedy Trade Chain) for Jim Edmonds and spanned nearly eighteen years with the trade of Randal Grichuk for Conner Greene and Dominic Leone. With the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft yesterday, roster decisions — and cuts — had to be made. Sadly Dominic Leone was a casualty, being designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man.
#stlcards have selected Elehuris Montero, Jake Woodford, and RHP Alvaro Seijas.— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) November 20, 2019
Dominic Leone DFA to make room.
Conner Greene, the other half of the Grichuk trade, had been claimed off waivers the year before, forever closing his chances to add to the chain.
Coincidentally, the other pitcher the #stlcards received from Toronto for Randal Grichuk along with Dominic Leone, Conner Greene, also lost his 40-man roster spot today, DFAed by KC. The Royals had grabbed the RHP off waivers last November.— Brian Walton (@B_Walton) November 20, 2019
Today we close the book on the Kent Bottenfield Trade Chain. From Bottenfield to Edmonds to David Freese to Grichuk to Leone, it has been real.
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