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Angels Acquire Barry Enright From Diamondbacks

Barry Enright has been traded to the Angels for a player to be named and cash considerations, according to Nick Piecoro on twitter. Enright will report to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Barry Enright, the fiery redhead (I am allowed to say ginger, since I am one), started 21 games--110.1 innings--this year for Reno, posting a 5.87 ERA with 5.9 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9. I think we can all remember his 2010 season where he was 6-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 17 starts. His struggles in 2011 saw him sent back down to Reno, where he played until this trade.

Personally, I am a little sad to see Barry leave and I was really hoping he would piece it together to come back to the major leagues and pitch well again. Unfortunately, this is the game of baseball and these things happen. Best of luck to Barry in Salt Lake, and hopefully, in LA.

The D'Backs continue to work deals out with the AL West, which makes me wonder, who is next to go to the A's? Or will we get someone from the Mariners next? Thoughts? Maybe on who you might like to see coming over in the player to be named?

[Jim adds] Just a couple of days ago, we noted the anniversary of Enright's last start for Arizona in the majors, and it now appears that will go down as his final one. The rise of young prospects like Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley and Trevor Bauer over the past year pushed Enright down the Diamondbacks depth-chart, and it's likely the case that a move to another organization represents the best way back to the major-leagues for him at this point. Overall, he went 7-11 with a 4.87 ERA in 24 starts for Arizona.

Barry had a great rapport with fans, in particular through his Twitter account, which now stands at over 20,000 followers [to put that into context, it's over 40% more than Chris Young]. At least year's Tweet-up with the D-backs, I said he was the player I most enjoyed following, and that's still the case. I generally "cull" players from my feed, when they are no longer with the team, but I might well make an exception here... I remember in particular his live Tweeting of Daniel Hudson's wedding earlier in the year, which was the next-best thing to being there!

What I'll remember most about Barry, however, was an indefatigable attitude to the ups and downs of pro baseball. Even when things weren't going well, culminating in his demotion to Reno, he demonstrated humility, respect for the game and good humor in a way that'd be a great model for all players. He'll be missed by Arizona fans, and we wish him all the best in his career going forward.

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