Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pride Send Salling to Rebellion, Get Kamekona

The USSSA Pride filled one of their biggest holes in a great way on Wednesday, acquiring all-NPF second baseman Amanda Kamekona from the Pennsylvania Rebellion.

Kamekona had been “franchised” by the Rebellion, meaning they controlled her rights until the end of April; she had told me that she wanted to look at all of her options instead of just acquiescing to the franchise tag. It’s worth noting that, since the Rebellion had not actually signed Kamekona to a contract, the Pride actually only acquired the rights to her.

In return, Jenn Salling is headed north, as is an as-yet unnamed player to be named later. Salling has been a defensive replacement and gotten spot starts pretty much her entire career in the league, and with the Pride’s drafting of two more shortstops who looked to start out ahead of her on the depth chart, Salling’s role seemed quite undefined and perhaps even non-existent. Now, in Pennsylvania, she’s likely to have a greater role and certainly figures to rely on her experience as a college and international star in mentoring the rookies and young players on the Rebellion.

I’ve not seen a trade in the NPF before that included a “player to be named later”, so I’m not 100% entirely sure how that aspect of the trade will work, but from where I stand, it looks like another great trade from the perspective of both teams.

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