A deal that keeps getting better

The  blockbuster trade GM Jack Zduriencik participated in during the Winter Meetings last year in Las Vegas hit another high point today when the Topps Company named West Tennessee outfielder Ezequel Carrera to its Double-A All-Star team.

Carrera was one of seven players the Mariners received in a three-team, 12-player swap that also landed Seattle center fielder Franklin Gutierrez from the Indians and left fielder Endy Chavez, along with Carrera and first baseman Mike Carp, from the Mets.

Carrera, 22, of Guiria Sucre, Venezuela, led the Southern League with a .337 batting average and a .441 on-base percentage,  becoming the first player in Diamond Jaxx history to win a league batting title.

He started the season on a tear, batting .357 in April and .344 clip in May before being sidelined with an ankle injury for the remainder of the month. Carrera returned to the lineup June 19 and shook off the rust quickly, batting .316 in 11 June games. On July 8, Carrera injured his right thumb and missed 18 games but returned on August 1 and batted .361 the remainder of the season.

— Jim Street

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