Claudio started for the Crew back in 2007, but was released in the spring of 2008 for not being very good. This season, he's spent most of his time on the DL, but does have a 1.64 ERA in eight relief appearances for the Dodgers.
I'll happily welcome him back, as I've said I always love a good reunion. It became pretty clear a few days ago that the Crew probably wasn't going to score a big pitcher at the deadline, which is even more true now that Jarrod Washburn has been shipped to Detroit. So welcome back, Claudio.
I'm a little saddened by this trade however, because of my college alumni ties. Vinny Rottino, the former UW-La Crosse Eagle that can basically play every position, has been shipped to L.A. as a result of the deal.
Some might say that it's rare to see a trade between two contenders on Trade Deadline Day, but as far as I can tell, only one of the teams in this trade is actually contending. Burn!
Seriously though, this trade is classic. To me it's like one of those trades in fantasy football where two teams talk about these grandeur blockbuster deals, and then they end up trading a backup tight end and a defense for a backup running back. Nice to see that kind of stuff happens in real life as well.