Luckily for Victoria Seals fans, the Yuma Scorpions are in the South Division. On Saturday, the Scorpions pulled off a controversial trade by acquiring league MVP Nelson Castro from the Calgary Vipers for cash and "future considerations." As with many trades in the GBL, Calgary fans will probably have difficulty determining exactly what those future considerations will entail.
Nelson Castro isn't the only impact player to be added to the Yuma roster of late:
- Back on February 26th, it was announced that the Venezuelan Baseball Federation signed a three-year agreement with the team owners (Golden Glove Professional Baseball, Inc.) to provide players and support personnel to the Scorpions. When the deal was announced, the implication was that the entire roster would be made up of Venezuelan players.
- On March 3rd, Yuma signed Salomon Manriquez, an All-Star catcher in the Atlantic League (the highest level of independent baseball).
- On March 18th, they acquired five Venezuelan players from the Laredo Broncos of the United League (which is below the GBL). The impact players acquired from Laredo are pitcher Miguel Pinango and outfielder Jonel Pacheco, both of whom could dominate in the GBL.
- On March 23rd, the Scorpions signed veteran (American) pitcher Bill Pulsipher who spent six seasons in the big leagues and could be one of the top pitchers in the Golden League.
- On March 26th, the Scorpions signed two-time Calgary Vipers MVP Carlos Duncan. Duncan's best days are behind him, but the man can still hit a baseball with authority. Duncan, like Nelson Cruz, is also Dominican.