Gretzky traded to Los Angeles.
Yes, that is a headline from 1988. Now, it is also a headline from 2014.
In a transaction that mirrored his famous father's own professional move to Southern California, son of hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Minor League outfielder Trevor Gretzky was traded to the Angels organization Thursday, according to multiple reports. In another interesting twist, Matt Scioscia, son of Angels manager Mike Scioscia, was sent the other way and will join the Cubs.
Both players were selected in the 2011 Draft -- Gretzky in the seventh round, Scioscia in the 41st -- but found it difficult to break into the full-season levels of the Minors in their former organizations.
Gretzky, a 21-year-old outfielder, slashed .274/.300/.333 across 41 games at Class A Short Season Boise and Class A Kane County last season. Scioscia owned a .194/.248/.224 line in 40 games between the Arizona League, Class A Burlington and Class A Advanced Inland Empire.
In MiLB.com's Q&A with Gretzky, the California native didn't seem to foresee any move out of the Cubs organization, telling Danny Wild, "Oh, of course, the amount of talent that we have in the Minors is awesome. These guys, I look up to a lot of these guys. The vibe in Minor League camp, it's spectacular, the energy we have. I have a feeling the Cubs should be pretty good in the next couple years with the guys we have."
When asked if he knew why the trade went down Thursday, Gretzky responded via text, "No idea. Excited to move forward." He elaborated a little more in the following tweet:
Big Thanks to the great people in the Chicago Cubs organization for helping me along the road, excited to get to work with the Angels!- Trevor Gretzky (@TrevorGretzky) March 20, 2014
Thursday's deal should allow both players new opportunities after appearing stuck in the lower Minors their first two seasons of professional ball.