by no means it this a bid trade, but anyways.....
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals completed a minor league trade Thursday, with right-hander Jeff Austin and left-hander Brian Shackelford going to the Cincinnati Reds for third baseman Damaso Espino and outfielder Alan Moye.
"This deal adds depth to our system, giving us a potential five-tool outfielder in Alan Moye and a third base prospect in Damaso Espino," Royals general manager Allard Baird said.
Moye, 20, was a third-round pick of the Reds in 2001. He hit .261 at Class A Billings last year.
Espino, 19, hit .332 for the Class A Gulf Coast Reds last year. He's a switch-hitter with a .294 minor league average in three pro seasons.
Austin was the fourth overall pick in the 1998 draft. He has pitched in 31 Major League games, compiling a 5.35 ERA. Shackelford converted from outfielder to pitcher last year and went 3-1 with a 3.51 ERA for Double-A Wichita.
This is what GM Allard Baird had to say:
"I think Jeff Austin is going to be a big-league pitcher," Baird said. "His opportunity is greater with Cincinnati, so it's a good fit for him.
"We had some pitchers who are ahead of him on the depth chart. We looked at our strength -- pitching. And the low-level center field position is the one where we felt very strongly that if we could get a premium-type center fielder projection, we would be willing to do something. Moye was the guy who made the deal work for us."
The Royals see Moye, 20, as a potential five-tool player.
"He's a very good defensive player right now," Baird said. "He's got above-average raw power. His plate discipline is the big thing that we have to work on. If we can get him in good hitting counts, he's going to move very quickly."
With Moye in the organization, Baird said the Royals now have a center field prospect at every level of the organization. Alexis Gomez, David DeJesus and Moye fall in line behind Major League center fielder Carlos Beltran, who is no longer regarded as an untouchable.
"That's a premium position," Baird said. "You need the pipeline to be full."
Baird said the big question regarding Espino, 19, is whether he'll develop power as his career unfolds.
"We think he's going to hit enough," Baird said. "It's just what kind of power numbers he'll have to profile out at third base."