On the trade:
"I wish Yuni the best, obviously. I think we talked about this back in November, the ability for Jack to be able to acquire depth in our minor league system as we move forward is paramount. This trade is part of that. One guy is real close and adds some long-term value."
On Yuni making progress.
"I think you saw signs of it. I don't know about long-term. There were certain games I thought he played outstanding out there and made some great strides. But the inconsistency is what we saw more than anything."
Was it a challenge working with him?
"No. He's an awfully nice kid and regardless of the perception, we had a good relationship. This isn't as much about Yuni as it is about we are trying to do as an organization and the direction we are going. This allows us to=2 0add arms and one of those arms is not that far away. We went through a lot of injuries this year and need depth."
Can Yuni get to a higher level as a player?
"I think he has a better understanding after going through this year and what he needs to do to be a consistent play. He is talented."
On perception of giving up starter for two unknown pitchers.
"We have discussed it enough, starting in spring training, what our philosophy is and we're going to do whatever is possible to help us win h ere. We will continue to give guys an opportunity and we're giving Ronny Cedeño an opportunity right now. What allowed us to do this trade is the belief system that Ronny gives us a better defensive shortstop right now. There are a lot of dynamics to the trade and that is definitely one of them."
Can you afford to have Cedeño hitting the way he is and in the line-up every day?
"Ronny has hit in the past and on this last road trip he hit a couple of big home runs for us. We know the potential is there offensively and the rest is just to give him the at-bats he needs to get to that point. We can't afford to have him hitting what he is now, but he has shown signs of doing some damage."
Will Cedeno be able to relax perhaps a little now that he's the starter?
"I think it's similar to Russell Branyan. You have heard Russell speak about it since day one of spring training that he never really had an opportunity to be a starter. Ronny came into spring training competing for a job and now it's his and I would like to think he feels a lot more comfortable knowing that he has a supporting case around him."
On Lopez at third
"Not as much as we were before. No. we are still going to have him take ground balls over there but I don't foresee it."
Are you disappointed that Yuni didn't work out here?
"We try to create an environment that allows people to succeed. Again, I think he has a greater understanding and sometimes a player goes to another organization with the benefits of what they just went through. That's what I hope we hope we've done for him."
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