Milwaukee Brewers Reliever Carlos Villanueva Traded to Toronto Blue Jays

J. BatovskyCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2010

ST. LOUIS - JULY 4: Relief pitcher Carlos Villanueva #12 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 4, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals beat the Brewers 7-1.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, via Twitter, that Carlos Villanueva has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. In return the Brewers will be getting that mysterious player to be named later.

Villanueva is eligible for arbitration again this year. He struggled much of last year and was apparently deemed expendable in favor of younger, cheaper relief help.

The non-tendering of Todd Coffey seems to have started a trend. Saving money in the bullpen should free up additional money to go after some starting pitching.

My concern is that a young inexperienced bullpen may struggle to hold leads for the hopefully improved starting staff. If that's the case, the Brewers are just trading poor starting pitching for poor relief pitching. I'm interested to see how that works out.