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Minor League Pitcher Traded For Nothing

Mike Cisco dealt to Angels for 'no compensation'


ciscoGenerally when baseball players are traded, both teams get something they need in the swap — even if the deal is a bit lopsided.

Not this time.

The Philadelphia Phillies just dealt minor league pitcher Mike Cisco — who went 5-3 with an ERA of 1.80 at two levels last year — to the Los Angeles Angels for “no compensation,” reports Yahoo Sports.

Originally drafted in the 36th round of the 2008 amateur draft, Cisco — grandson of former major league pitcher Galen Cisco — has spent five years in the minor leagues. Last year he played at both the AA and AAA levels and is one step away from the majors.

This is the first time a player has been swapped for nothing. In the past, players have been traded for money, objects such as baseballs, and once, major league pitcher Dickie Thon was traded for himself when he was the player-to-be-named for which he was dealt.

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