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Minor Leaguer Traded For Ten Bats

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Minor league pitcher John Odom was traded by the Calgary Vipers to the Laredo Broncos for ten maple bats. "I don't really care," Odom said Friday when asked about the trade. "It'll make a better story if I make it to the big leagues." Odom never actually pitched for the Vipers because of passport issues, prompting a trade. You would have thought that the Vipers GM would have been able to land a player, at most. "They just wanted some bats, good bats -- maple bats," Broncos general manager Jose Melendez said. Odom originally pitched for the Giants for three seasons down in Low-A, but never really made the adjustments that would have pushed him through the system. We'll know who this trade benefits soon enough.