Camden Courier Post - November 20, 1980

Saucier sent to Rangers


PHILADELPHIA – As it turned out, the Phillies traded youth for experience.


The infamous "player to be named later" in the Sept. 13 deal with Texas for Sparky Lyle yesterday emerged as Kevin Saucier. Like Lyle, Saucier is a left-handed reliever. Unlike Lyle, Saucier has no penchant for sitting on birthday cakes.


For that reason alone, Saucier, who had a 7-3 record for the world champion Phils in relief, would seem ill-suited for the wild and crazy Rangers, who never seem to live up to their talent in the American League West.


THE VETERAN Lyle helped the Phils immeasurably during the stretch run, appearing in 10 games and going 0-0 with two saves and a 1.93 earned run average.


Saucier, who is only 24 years old, had a 3.42 ERA, permitting 50 hits in 50 innings while striking out 25 and walking 20. He yielded two home runs.


"We hated to lose Kevin," said Phillies General Manager Paul Owens. "But Texas heeded a lefthander to replace Lyle. Sparky was a big help for us down the stretch and will be an integral part of the bullpen for us for a couple of years."


Concerning last week's winter re-entry draft, Owens said he talked to only one agent.


"Jim Bunning, who represents Jim Dwyer, called and will get back to us later," Owens said. "I'm expecting to hear from the other four we drafted plus Tug McGraw and Del Unser within the next seven days. We left it with Tug and Del to get back to us after the draft."


Owens also announced another change in the club's winter roster. Pitcher Jim Wright has been assigned to the Oklahoma City farm team and 21-year-old outfielder Alejandro Sanchez was added to the roster.


Wright, who did not pitch at all in 1979 because of an arm injury, had a 9-9 record at Oklahoma City this past season and a 5.35 ERA in 23 starts. He'll be eligible for the annual winter draft during the baseball meetings that begin Dec 8 in Dallas.


Sanchez, from the Dominican Republic, batted .289 for Spartanburg in the South Atlantic League. He led the club in runs, hits, triples, home runs (14), RBI (73) and steals (24).