If that post title doesn't bring in the readers, I don't know what will. Actually, if wanted it to garner more hits, I should have put the word contest in the title. But, I won't be having another one of those until January.
Several people commented they didn't realize the Ray-Millwood deal involved the PTBNL from the Orioles. The Rangers received the Orioles Rule 5 draft pick which turns out to be a pitcher from the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the SF Giants AA affiliate. Benjamin Snyder, a 24 year old southpaw, went 4-4 with one save in 2009. He made 5 starts, but also made 29 relief appearances. Overall he had a 2.88 ERA, with a .146 average against by left-handed hitters. His ERA in relief appearances was only 2.04 and Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels says Snyder should be competing for a 2010 roster spot as a left-handed setup man.
We'll have to wait and see how Snyder pans out, but the real key to the trade was freeing up the salary to sign Rich Harden to a one year deal with an option for 2011.