On the eve of spring training, and the 2027 amateur draft, the Shackamaxon Lenape and Norfolk Tides have completed a trade that has both teams eyeing the future. In a classic prospect-and-picks trade, the teams dealt five prospects and four draft picks this afternoon.
- A CL James Ferguson
AA OF Benjamin Anderson *
- 2027 2nd round pick (#10 in round, originally from Brick)
- 2027 3rd round pick (#3 in round)
- 2027 3rd round pick (#12 in round, originally from Seattle)
The Tides initiated the trade discussions, looking to get young infield help. "When Norfolk asked for both of our top shortstop prospects, we knew this was going to be a big deal," Lenape GM Michael Weintraub stated. "We think Ferguson
and Anderson are both is a top-flight prospect s, and were willing to part with them in exchange for Rodriguez and Gordon. Gomez was expendable since we re-acquired Juan Arroyo from Norfolk."
Tides GM Thomas Carrano plans to have Rodriguez compete for the major league second base spot in the Norfolk lineup. "We wish Angel well, he wasn't in our major league plans because of Miguel Martinez and Ieyasu Suzuki as our double-play pair," Weintraub said. "We're also going to convert James Ferguson back into a starter, where he excelled in high school."