The Red Sox trade Robert Coello to the Cubs

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The Cubbies got what in all likelihood will be bullpen help today when they acquired Robert Coello from the Red Sox. In exchange they sent infielder Tony Thomas to Boston.

Coello, who was DFA’s last week, had a brief callup at the end of last season. He only pitched in six games, but he struck out 10.9 batters per nine innings as a swingman down in AA and AAA. He’s not a prospect — he’s 26 — but he could be useful for Chicago.

Thomas is a 24 year-old infielder who showed a reasonable amount of pop in AA, putting up a line of .276/.338/.485 last year which is only a tad higher than his minor league career averages.  Of course there isn’t anywhere for him on the Red Sox, but there is no shame in being an organizational soldier for a new organization, right?

Yeah, I know. This is small potatoes even for me, and I deal in a lot of small potato posts around here.  In my defense, this is actual baseball content and not depressing contract negotiation stuff, and that should be worth something, right?

Phillies, Jake Arrieta having a “dialogue”

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No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.

Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.

It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.

Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.