Acevedo changes addresses again

By Jim Callis

August 6, 2001

Juan Acevedo should be getting accustomed to getting traded. On Monday, the Rockies shipped him to the Marlins for minor league infielder Josue Espada, the fifth trade of Acevedo’s career. He was dealt by Colorado to the Mets for Bret Saberhagen in 1995, to the Cardinals for Rigo Beltran in 1998, and to the Brewers for Fernando Vina in 1999. In April, the Rockies reacquired him along with Kane Davis and minor league infielder Jose Flores for Mike DeJean, Mark Leiter and Elvis Pena.

Acevedo, 31, is 0-2, 5.63 in 38 appearances this year and 24-27, 4.53 in 242 games over his six-year major league career. He has a strong arm, but with the exception of 1998, when he saw some time as St. Louis’ closer, he never has been able to harness his control enough to be successful as either a starter or reliever. He’ll serve in Florida’s bullpen.

Espada, 25, was a 1996 second-round pick by the Athletics out of the University of Mobile (Ala.). Oakland released him last September and he hooked on with Florida. He’s a reliable defender with some speed, but he has little strength and his plate discipline has regressed in the last couple of years. Espada has hit .295-2-29 with 13 steals in 78 games at Triple-A Calgary in 2000.