Saturday, January 23, 2010


The Mexico City Diablos Rojos have traded four players to the Minatitlan Petroleros for first baseman Japhet Amador (pictured), who played for Guasave this winter after sharing the Mexican League’s Rookie of the Year award with pitcher Juan Pablo Oramas last summer. The 23-year-old Amador, who began 2009 with Veracruz, hit .306 with 21 homers and 79 RBIs last year.

In return, the Petroleros landed a pair of major league veteran pitchers and two infielders from the Diablos: Francisco Cordova, who was 4-2 for Quintana Roo last year, spent five seasons with Pittsburgh between 1996 and 2000, compiling a 42-47 record for the Bucs; Ricardo Rincon went 1-1 for the Diablos in 2009, and spent 11 seasons with five MLB teams to turn in a 21-24 career mark as a reliever; shortstop Rolando Acosta hit .327 in 59 games for Mexico City last season; and third baseman Efren Espinoza was a .316 hitter for Oaxaca in 2009 before coming to the Diablos from the Guerreros.

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