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Cardinals Wheel And Deal in Separate Trades

Even a program may not help you keep track of who is playing in Arkansas.  By time they get back from the printer, everything has changed again.

The Cardinals completed two trades on Thursday after making two on Wednesday.  First, they sent Brady Clark to Edwardsville Armada for Scott Schoeneweis and financial considerations.  Then, the Cardinals sent Jonathan Papelbon–who had signed only hours before–to Wendy’s Peffercorns for Jim Edmonds and financial considerations.

Owner Daniel Shoptaw faced the press instead of general manager Billy Beane, who was still out with the flu.  “Billy better hurry and get better,” Shoptaw joked, “or there won’t be anybody left he recognizes.”

On the Clark deal: “Getting Schoeneweis was a nice move for us, I think.  We needed someone to get holds, and we think Scott will be a good bridge to (closer) Chris (Ray).  It was a win-win deal for the two teams, I think.”

On Papelbon: “He was a bargain and a great talent, but we have our eyes elsewhere and wanted to make sure we had the room to make a run at someone.  In any other situation, we’d have kept Paps for a long time, but moving him to Wendy’s–who has even more affection for him than we do–seemed to work out well.  And Edmonds will give us some great leadership in the clubhouse.”

From the Aramada side, owner David Reed was pleased.  “It’s nice to be able to get back into the free agent market, for one thing.  We’ve been sitting on the sidelines for too long.  Getting the chance to get a solid outfielder like Clark was a great thing as well.”

Peffercorn owner Mike Salony was not available for comment.

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December 21, 2006 - Posted by | Arkansas Cardinals, Completed Trades, Edwardsville Armada, League Press Releases, Wendy's Peffercorns

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