John Odom is 655 times better than Jason LaRue

I think the independent leagues exist solely for ridiculous things like this. John Odom, formerly of the Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League, was traded to the Laredo Tigers of United League Baseball. In exchange, Calgary didn’t ask for a player-they asked for 10 maple bats. The 10 maple bats cost $65.50 each, so this makes John Odom worth $655.

“I don’t really care,” he said Friday. “It’ll make a better story if I make it to the big leagues.” -John Odom

Hey! That’s the spirit John Odom. Maybe some day, you and C Jason LaRue can make up the cheapest major league battery in history. Of course, LaRue was traded to the Kansas City Royals in 2006 for $1 and a bucket of baseballs. An Odom-LaRue battery is such a bargain that even the Marlins and Rays would float an offer their way.

Minor Leaguer traded for 10 baseball bats (Yahoo!)

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