The shakeups at Toronto FC continue.

Last week the club fired president and general manager Kevin Payne after he spent less than nine months on the job.

On Monday TFC traded newly-arrived Argentine Maximiliano Urruti to the Portland Timbers for fellow forward Bright Dike a first-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money. The Timbers also receive an international roster spot for the remainder of the 2013 season.

Urruti 22 signed with TFC on Aug. 16 and had made only two substitute appearances (totalling 37 minutes) for the Reds.

Urruti was a player that Payne had been tracking since his days with D.C. United before he joined TFC last November. Urruti’s official signing brought to an end a tale with more twists and turns to it than a campy soap opera plot with the deal appearing to be on again and then off again several times.

While Toronto coach Ryan Nelsen at the time publically supported the signing of Urruti it’s clear now that he didn’t want to bring in the Argentine as he wasted little time in trading him away shortly after Payne’s dismissal.

Urruti’s departure makes sense in light of recent comments made by Tim Leiweke president of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment the company that owns Toronto FC.

Last Thursday Leiweke told reporters that the club has its sights on signing two designated players in January. The trade of Urruti opens up valuable salary cap space improving TFC’s chances of being able to secure their DP targets in the New Year.

Optically though this looks bad for Toronto FC. From the outside it looks as though TFC acted hastily in not only signing Urruti but then dealing him to Portland. The way this played out might adversely affect the club’s efforts to sign new players going forward if they feel the club is unstable and quick to make moves.

In Bright Dike TFC gets an unproven player who has been sidelined all season with a knee injury.