With spring training in full swing it’s not unusual for a ball club to perform multiple transactions on a given day. Minor leaguers are traded, sent down, and even given their outright release well before March comes to an end. The Los Angeles Angels and Chicago Cubs pulled off such a trade Thursday, only theirs contained last names synonymous with Southern California sports.
The Angels sent manager Mike Scioscia’s son, Matt, to the Cubs in exchange for hockey great Wayne Gretzky’s son, Trevor, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times tweets.
Drafted by the Angels in the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft, the younger Scioscia hit .194 with one home run last year. The 25-year-old hasn’t played outside of High-A ball in three minor league seasons.
A seventh round pick in 2011, Gretzky hit .274 with two of Chicago’s low minor clubs last season. He’s compiled a .288 batting average and 72 hits in 250 at-bats.
The trade might not mean anything in the long run, but it’s always interesting to see what happens with kids who follow in their athletics parents’ footsteps. Plus, fans wouldn’t mind seeing “The Great One” drop by Angels Stadium sometime in the future.