Today, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded reliever Salomon Torres to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league relievers Marino Salas and Kevin Roberts.
According to the Post Gazette:
Salas, a 26-year-old right-handed reliever, had 17 saves and a 2.77 ERA in 51 appearances last season, split between Class AA Huntsville and Class AAA Nashville. He has 82 saves and a 3.59 career ERA in six minor-league seasons.
Roberts, a 23-year-old right-handed reliever, had a 3.44 ERA in 45 appearances last season for Brevard County in high Class A. After being Milwaukee's fifth-round pick in the 2005 draft, he has 12 saves and a 4.07 ERA in 101 appearances, including 19 starts.
Salas' Brewerfan.net power ranking history http://www.brewerfan.net/ViewPower50PlayerTracker.do?playerId=1028
Salas' Rotwire sheet http://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.htm?id=8908
Salas' Baseball Cube Stats http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/Marino-Salas.shtml
Roberts' Brewerfan.net power ranking history http://www.brewerfan.net/ViewPower50PlayerTracker.do?playerId=844
Roberts' Rotowire sheet http://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.htm?id=8856
Roberts' Baseball Cube Stats http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/R/Kevin-Roberts-1.shtml
Neither player looks to really stand out at you from the stats. Roberts is 23 and finished last season in high A ball, Salas is 26 started 2007 pitching in AA and finishing 2007 in AAA. Considering Torres' questionable elbow, this isn't a bad return. I look at it more like "Let's get a bunch of arms, throw them against the wall and see what sticks". The bright spot is we will actually have some younger players in the minors rather than the older canon fodder we have grown to expect from the Pirates in recent decades.
John Sickels from Minor League Ball mentions Roberts in the "Others of Note" section of his 2007 preview of the Brewers Prospects.