Red Sox Focused On McNutt In Epstein Talks

The Red Sox are "believed to be focused" on Cubs pitching prospect Trey McNutt in the Theo Epstein compensation talks, writes Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com.  Mooney says Cubs center field prospect Brett Jackson is "untouchable and not part of the discussions," while prospects such as Josh Vitters and Matt Szczur are considered unlikely.  A source close to the talks said the Red Sox have been asking for "ridiculous combinations," writes Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus.

McNutt, 22, posted a 4.55 ERA, 6.2 K/9, 3.7 BB/9, and 0.5 HR/9 with 120 hits allowed in 95 innings for the Cubs' Double-A affiliate this year.  Baseball America ranked him second among Cubs prospects heading into the season and he was a consensus top 70 prospect in the game.  McNutt dealt with blister problems and bruised ribs in a disappointing 2011 season, and is currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League.  ESPN's Keith Law scouted him there, noting "great velocity but well-below-average command and control."

The World Series, scheduled to begin Wednesday, seems to serve as a deadline for the talks between the Cubs and Red Sox.  That is the latest point the Red Sox expect a resolution, writes Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald.  One major holdup is determining which front office members Epstein can take with him to Chicago.  Silverman's informed speculation suggests Red Sox vice president of baseball operations Brian O'Halloran, special assistant to the GM Dave Finley, and head athletic director and assistant director of medical services Mike Reinold "could be part of Epstein's request."  Senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes and assistant GM Jason McLeod could be candidates to come from the Padres.       


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182 Comments on "Red Sox Focused On McNutt In Epstein Talks"


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start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

What are the odds that a new argument gets made here rather than a rehash of the last several threads on the overall Epstein to the Cubs theme?

East Coast Bias
3 years 10 months ago

I think both sides would be happy with McNutt. But let’s argue anyway…

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

I really wish I knew what was wrong in Red Sox land these days. Despite my obvious bias against the Red Sox, I do not fault the Cubs over the way they’ve handled this. My three year old niece handles “time-out” or punishment better than this crew.

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

Did you really just compare the discussion over compensation for losing a GM to a three year old getting a time-out or punishment?  ummmm……..ok, I don’t follow

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

What I was implying was in the interest of preserving some credibility or saving faith with the fans, whichever your choose, the Red Sox could have just taken some cash like a week ago and been done with this. A three year old knows when its time to move on and usually has ice cream on the agenda. Does the Red Sox front office even have an agenda at the moment? Serious question. 

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

It would appear the agenda is to acquire something of value for losing their GM.  Is it that hard to figure out?

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Well that’s what I’m saying babba. “Is it that hard to figure out?” No it isn’t. Especially when the Boston Media is having a field day with this. The Red Sox would have been wise to take a few million, move on and start doing other business. Instead now the criticism to follow “oh we didn’t get enough with this prospect” or what where they thinking and then 2 weeks goes by. 

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

so take less value to avoid media scrutiny is your solution to this?

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

“ESPN’s Keith Law scouted him there, noting “great velocity but well-below-average command and control.”

So basically the guy can’t pitch. Your perception of value is relative to what? I personally see more value in taking cash and moving on. 

3 years 10 months ago

No one cares about the Red Sox-Yankee rivalry since 2004.  Red Sox fans don’t care, Yankee fans don’t care.  Why do you still care?  Have you been in a coma?  Drop your Red Sox obsession, it’s not healthy.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

What in the heck does that have to do with anything? 

Redsoxn8tion
3 years 10 months ago

No-one has cared about the Sox

BlueCatuli
3 years 10 months ago

Except Kieth Law doesn’t do any research about how the guy was hurt after a collision or battled blisters all season that contributed to his lack of control.

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

“Does the Red Sox front office even have an agenda at the moment?  Serious question.”

“‘Is it that hard to figure out?’ No it it isn’t”

I haven’t seen a faster flipflop on something since Romney.  Is that you, Mitt?

3 years 10 months ago

Theo isn’t going back to them so take what the Cubs give you. It should be a low level minor leaguer that the Cubs haven’t spent time with.  

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

And as a result of the media scrutiny last offseason, the Yankees should’ve immediately caved in tio Derek Jeter’s demands and offered him another 10 year deal at about $20 million per.

Because media scrutiny should be an organization’s top priority in ALL matters.

East Coast Bias
3 years 10 months ago

Last off-season was tough. While you guys were the WS picks, we had to deal with Lee, and Cashman, and “can he pitch,” and Pettitte, and age, and Jeter, and CoLOLon and Garcia, and blahblahblah. Let’s face it, not even Jesus could have saved us.

And by Jesus, I mean Montero, of course.

This off-season, it’s all yours, my friend. In the end, it always turns out fine, but it is the media’s job to sensationalize small stories to get people to watch, listen, read.

Enjoy.

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah, the irony was not lost upon me. I actually saw a Yankee fan on here harping all over it and reveling and how the high and mighty Yankees were above such drama and all I could think was “dude, short memory much? This was you guys last year, complete with GM maybe leaving soon drama.”

In fairness, I was all over that stuff last year (Though not the worst, I was amongst those saying don’t write them off, but man does it stink to be the Yankees this offseason), so I suppose this is comeuppance. It’s okay, though, we’ll sign Webb and Vasquez and dominate next season.

East Coast Bias
3 years 10 months ago

hahaaha well played

SmokinGun
3 years 10 months ago

And take cash when owernships pockets overflowin.  Hows that gonna decrease scrutiny.

3 years 10 months ago

Give him to Boston – McNutt is fair compensation.  And then END THIS.

Jeff Jones
3 years 10 months ago

Give then McNutt as long as Theo can take want assistants he wants.

John DiRienzo
3 years 10 months ago

as long as Lackey is his assistant.

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

My first thought here was “yeah, just throw a suit on Lackey and tell them he’s a front office staffer.”

My second thought was John Lackey in a suit.

My third thought was “scratch that, they’ll never buy it, I imagine that even in person, Lackey in a suit would look like a bad photoshop.”

My third thought was of Kit Kat bars, but that’s neither here nor there.

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

My fifth thought was whether I should learn to count or if I should play off the fact I said third twice as having to do with alternate timelines. Fauxbsessions and I are as yet undecided.

SmokinGun
3 years 10 months ago

Take Epstein, keep McNutt and sign agreement he cant take ant Red Sox front office personnel  for 2 yrs.  I’d be estatic!

cubs223425
3 years 10 months ago

Fine with me.

ironnat
3 years 10 months ago

Good solution.  Epstein can use these guys to channel talent to the Cubs for the next couple of years.  Seems pretty obvious that Epstein would have asked if they wanted to move to the Cub organization before he started to bargain for them.  Pretty obvious they said yes and want out of the Sox organization.

gunsnascar
3 years 10 months ago

that sounds fair

redsox4434
3 years 10 months ago

Only if you give us all of your entire minor league system, and pay off the rest of Crawford and Lackey’s contracts.

Bobby P
3 years 10 months ago

Where do you guys (Red Sox) get off asking for McNutt?!!

Bobby P
3 years 10 months ago

Hehe, it’s actually a fair trade. Of course, you could have given them Marshall and had this all be over with 2-3 days ago. But God forbid if we give up Marshall! He is the core of this team! If he only started ball games, he’d pitch no-hitters with regularity.

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

that would have been perfect

gunsnascar
3 years 10 months ago

Why are you convinced that the cubs will not resign Marshall?

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

because jim hendry was fired

gunsnascar
3 years 10 months ago

“because jim hendry was fired”

This is why you think that Sean Marshall will not be resigned?
I dont really know what to say to that except for Marshall is a great lefty bull pen specialist/long reliever/spot closer.
He is well worth his money on a good teams bull pen. I realize the cubs have not been a good team since 2008 but he is also a career long cub. I would resign him as a GM as long as his price isnt any higher than 4 mil per year and that is if he stays effective as a pitcher. It is not outta line to convert Marshall back to a starter and give him a real chance to start for a year before his contract is expired.

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

marshall isn’t a lefty specialist; he’s one of the best setup men in baseball. he is going to cost major money and years to re-sign and only hendry would be foolish enough to commit those resources with a rebuilding team already paying their closer $10M

“as long as his price isn’t any higher than $4M”

jessie crain got $4.5M last year. matt thornton got close to $6M and he wasn’t even a free agent. benoit, who isn’t as good as marshall and is 5 years older, got $5.5M over three years. 4 million for marshall is pipe dream

gunsnascar
3 years 10 months ago

well you make a good point ,maybe marshall should be traded but the cubs should get the prospects not the sox
Marmol doesnt get 10 mil per season its more like 6-7 mil per

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

in 2012 marmol makes 10 million big ones

mike adams had better numbers than marshall and 3 times as much time left on his contract than marshall will. he only brought back 2 B prospects, so marshall isn’t likely to bring back more than one b prospect. the cubs are offering the red sox two B prospects as it is. marshall isn’t a part of the cubs’ future, prospects are

in reality, it’s not going to happen. but it matches up better than you might think

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

2013 that should say. 2012 is $7M

vtadave
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah instead they should ask if it’s okay if Theo brought the head janitor, right?

Relax bud.  It’s not like McNutt is a great prospect anyway.

Bobby P
3 years 10 months ago

You don’t experience a lot of sarcasm, do you?

Minorityfanbasewannabe
3 years 10 months ago

The Internet kills Sarcasm to much to actually be used most of the time. It took a while for me to get what you were saying too.

Bobby P
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah, I know… Sarcasm doesn’t work much in text. I’ll try to tone down my disenchantment with the Cubs ability to constantly overvalue their prospects.

Joshua Edwards
3 years 10 months ago

Overvaluing prospects is the best way to convince other teams to trade for them! Personally, I always thought the Cubs “farm system” involved talking up a lot of players just enough to entice others to trade for them. Hendry’s best trick was to turn “who-the-hell-is-this-guy” into something another team would take. 

Name a position player that came through the Cubs farm system you’d like to see on the team (who isn’t currently). 

Now do the same for a pitcher–someone on another team you really wish the Cubs hadn’t traded so he could be pitching for them now.

I don’t know about you all, but I just can’t think of that many guys. And the ones I can think of are well past their prime (or never had one). 

So, tell me again why the Red Sox want a “prospect” from the Cubs? Oh right, ’cause they’re bitter and angry and are trying desperately to get “something real” in return.

HA HA, joke’s on them.

Better take the money and run, Red Sox; the Cubs cannot give you fair compensation for what you lost at GM. 

They don’t have it.

Bobby P
3 years 10 months ago

That was Hendry’s strength. Blowing smoke. To put it nicely, he was a personable guy who you couldn’t help liking. If you strip all that away though, he was a terrible GM. Not Jerry Angelo bad, but close. It’s like he had no idea how to draft or develop guys. The problem is now that the guys left over from Hendry’s staff are the same guys that helped draft and develop these guys. I wish you could bring in an impartial scouting department here, and this would get solved a heck of a lot faster.

vtadave
3 years 10 months ago

My bad.  I’ve posted here for awhile, so I’ve experienced plenty. :-)  I’ll chalk it up to Monday morning.

Bobby P
3 years 10 months ago

No worries, man. I suffer from that myself, but I had a little extra pep in my step today because of the Bears-Vikes game. Hehe.

johnsilver
3 years 10 months ago

“Yeah instead they should ask if it’s okay if Theo brought the head janitor, right?”

Since when was Lackey’s name being bantered about 😉

jondogg2010
3 years 10 months ago

Not only is that fair, but Jackson Should be instead included. Think of what’s going on here. Theo signed a contract, and the Red Sox are letting him out of it early. When you sign a Contract, you are agreeing to work for that amount of years, with that team. If the Cubs want their guy, pay up. End of story.

chrisenvy
3 years 10 months ago

In no reasonable vision of this “trade” is Jackson even remotely going to be or should he ever be considered “reasonable” in a request for Epstein and/or other front office personel.. 

Jeff Jones
3 years 10 months ago

The Cubs and Red Sox are at a standoff—Cubs want Theo and have him agreed to a contract. The Red Sox want prospects but dont have strong leverage cause if he stays the Red Sox have a lame duck GM that will leave after next year with a 4 million dollar bonus on top his 3.5 million salary. Bottom line get 2 mid level prospects or if they insist on a high level prospect Theo get to take what assistants he wants.

3 years 10 months ago

Jackson?  you’re NUTS.  We’ll make Busch the interim GM for 2012, hire Epstein AND the people he wants next year and give you NOTHING!  That’s all the Bosox need is a p’o’d GM sitting around for another year. 

ironnat
3 years 10 months ago

I kinda of agree.  The Cubs have waited over a hundred years for a World Series winner what is one more year?  If the Cubs threaten to back off it will stick the Red Sox with a lame duck GM, a disgruntled staff and an additional $4 million bill.

teakayfortoowon
3 years 10 months ago

“If the Cubs want their guy, pay up. ”

Both clubs are in agreement on this, but not on what “pay up” should mean. To compare, if the Brewers want to keep Fielder, sign him. End of story.

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

This story is starting to get really old……

Bobby P
3 years 10 months ago

Amen, the Cubs are so devoid of talent, it really doesn’t matter who they give up. The only untouchables are Castro, Garza and maybe Brett Jackson.

I don’t know what is taking so long.

chrisenvy
3 years 10 months ago

If we are so devoid of talent then why do you want them?

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 10 months ago

Better to get something than nothing.

Bobby P
3 years 10 months ago

Because Epstein will be our GM and in 2-3 years time, they can be an integral part of playoff runs…

The team is devoid of talent below the major league level, and the major league team is a below average team with a few bright spots. Just because we haven’t drafted well nor developed many quality players in years doesn’t mean that we can’t do it under Epstein. After all, that’s why Ricketts brought him in. 

Jeff Jones
3 years 10 months ago

In the upper levels of the minors yes but the Cubs have some good prospects in the lower leverls, I could see the Cubs giving up Soto and bringing up Castillo.

Bobby P
3 years 10 months ago

I agree, with the right player development, they could get some value from the lower levels, but that’s all a crap shoot anyway. If it weren’t for Castillo’s injury, he probably would have unseated Soto sooner, so that’s a good point.

However, I don’t think the Red Sox want Soto, but even if they did, the Cubs have inexplicable made the major league roster off-limits. Marshall is somebody the Red Sox want, somebody we don’t have in our plans after 2012, yet he’s off limits.

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

We don’t want Soto. Someone brought this up the other day, but Soto’s older, more expensive and he actually had a worse 2011 than Saltalamacchia.

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

I can see it now: 9th inning rally bongs

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

Que?

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

I heard Lester made an admission to drinking “rally beers”, and Geovany is known to like the ganja.  Put the two of them together and we’ve got rally bongs in the clubhouse next year.

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

I’m glad Lester came out and gave that interview as it was pretty much exactly what I figured it was: a few of the pitchers having a beer on what was effectively their off day. I liked how he basically said “a single beer in the ninth isn’t going to make us pitch poorly, we just stunk on our own. The End.”

I’d love to know what percentage of people complaining about the two of them have ever had a beer at lunch on a work day. This is about the most idiotic scandal ever. If Ruth, Wells and Boggs are any indication, I think the problem we had was that they weren’t drinking beer and eating fried chicken frequently enough, if anything.

Also, I get a kick out of the fact he mentioned it was Popeye’s specifically. Them ordering KFC makes no sense considering the proximity and quality difference (The closest KFC to Fenway is a health inspector with an itchy trigger finger’s dream come true).

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

Well of course it was Popeye’s- but the critical question still remains, spicy or not?

jondogg2010
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah imagine being a die hard Red Sox fan. Seeing the Red Sox be the Best team in baseball for three months only for the first and last month was horrendous. Know that if One of the games we trailed after the 7th inning had been a comeback win we would have made the playoffs. Know that in a 162 game season there were at least 30 chances for us to win that one game to make it, of course we didn’t know it (at the time). Know that your team barely made it in with a ridiculous run and now are in the WS. Enjoy that and if you don’t want to hear it, stop visiting the website.

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

Yea, it’s weird how MLBTR is the only place in the world that discusses this.

I never said MLBTR shouldn’t post it or that it wasn’t relevant.  Glad you’re happy though :)

gunsnascar
3 years 10 months ago

Hey as a cubs fan I want to say congrats to the cards team and their fans for the improbable run they have had this post season. I actually want to see them win it all as in my eyes all bets are off. The cards beat the team with the best record in baseball in the 1st round and they beat the team that won their own division in the 2nd round so go cards.

3 years 10 months ago

How about you go say that on a Cardinals page

gunsnascar
3 years 10 months ago

How about I say it to a cards fan. I will congratulate them where ever and when ever I chose to as they have been very impressive this month. If you dont like it dont read it.

SmokinGun
3 years 10 months ago

Then click on a different link, whiner.

citizen
3 years 10 months ago

Funny because the cubs were written off as having no prospects to help them in the future.
Why would the cubs even want to bring the red sox head athletic trainer or assistant director of medical services with all the injuries the red sox have had?

3 years 10 months ago

Several injuries doesn’t necessarily indicate a bad medical staff.  It indicates bad luck and pains that a human being can go through when they run out on a baseball field and play 162 times.  It’s not like their trainers beat their legs with crowbars, bud.

sourbob
3 years 10 months ago

To be fair, 60% of all Red Sox injuries are J.D. Drew.

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 10 months ago

Dice-K disagrees.

SmokinGun
3 years 10 months ago

I got it.  Theo can go, no compensation.  He just has to take his last 3 free agent signings (plus their contracts) with him.  Good luck Crawford, Jenks and Lackey.

John McFadin
3 years 10 months ago

I’m pretty sure just about any team would be willing to take Crawford.  One bad season out of an entirely great career does not mean a player is terrible…..

SmokinGun
3 years 10 months ago

He will be terrible, according to history.  Just ask Lugo, Renteria, Jenks, Lackey, JD Drew, Matsuzaka, Clement, Smoltz, Mendoza, Hinske, Penny.  The Cubs are seriously gonna give up prospects for this guy?  

John McFadin
3 years 10 months ago

So what you’re say is that just because the Red Sox signed him, he will be terrible?  OK.

SmokinGun
3 years 10 months ago

What I’m saying is he has a notorious track record for finding FAs who look great on paper and never end up producing here.  Crawford’s 1st year holds true to this so far.

To spin that “what you’re say” is that just about any team would take Crawford’s 6yrs and 128mil left. Sox outbid everyone to get him last yr, and only paid 14mil in the first year of contract. I would think his stock is down, and the bulk of his contract remains. But “just about any team would be willing to take him” at this point.  OK.

MattCMoore
3 years 10 months ago

If they look good on paper that means that they put up goos stats, which means they played good. So how is that his fault?

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

Aceves was signed more recently than either Jenks or Lackey and he signed about four or five other guys between Jenks and Lackey.

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

The Cubs are proving to be a tough McNutt to crack

StanleyHudson
3 years 10 months ago

This made me laugh out loud while sitting in class, haha.

hawkny1
3 years 10 months ago

As that old Chinese proverb states, “No tickie, no laundry!”

You want man under contract cubbies, you got to pay up..
Man cannot serve two masters…..
You must pay, or go away

101andCounting
3 years 10 months ago

That was delightfully racist!

teakayfortoowon
3 years 10 months ago

They’re talking about what the Cubs must “pay”, have you even been paying attention? Or have you just determined the Red Sox are entitled to Jackson?

John McFadin
3 years 10 months ago

Funny how you read things.  I didn’t see one mention of Jackson in that post, yet that’s all you took out of it.

nycub
3 years 10 months ago

Obvious why they’d focus on McNutt…I mean look what happened to their season due to lack of pitching depth. That being said, look at what happened to the Cubs’ season due to lack of pitching depth (and lack of everything else!). I am glad the Cubs are coveting Jackson, but I really don’t think they should part with McNutt either if, especially, Theo’s focus will be on player development. SIGHZ.

Bobby P
3 years 10 months ago

The basic notion of not giving up pitching, I agree with. I would like to see the Cubs give up Sean Marshall. I understand they are going to get draft picks for him after next season, but it’s a better option than giving up McNutt. Having said that, I don’t think we should overvalue McNutt either. He can turn out great, but he can also fizzle out. His stint in AA doesn’t jump of the page. There are a lot of pitchers with great stuff that can’t develop secondary pitches and has no command. It’s a tough price to pay (a promising 22-year-old pitching prospect), but it’s not unreasonable either.

If McNutt will let Theo bring staff with him, I’d say pull the trigger. I think Jackson is more ready for the majors anyway and the old Cubs management has a better record with hitters than pitchers (albeit not by much).

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

marshall, you fools!

Bobby P
3 years 10 months ago

Nobody is listening to us! I just don’t understand why he is off limits… Make ZERO sense.

bacboris
3 years 10 months ago

I’d love to play poker against you guys.

“Now listen I know that almost any other team allows lateral advancement for employees under contract but PLEASE take our best bullpen arm.” “No, please stop allowing me to negotiate competently, I don’t want to save him to trade at the deadline for a boatload of real players.”

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

a boatload of players just like mike adams (who had three times as much team control remaining) netted last year

a third of the team control, a third of the haul. that’s one B prospect at best, which is at best equal to what the cubs would get back from type A compensation

that itself is approximately what they’re proposing to give the red sox anyway (two non-top prospects)

but yeah, good point. miles apart. boatloads of real players

Bobby P
3 years 10 months ago

Let’s be real. You’re right about the fact that keeping Marshall can lead to trading for prospect or draft picks. But that’s his only value. Epstein is not going to resign him. So his value to this organization depends on how he does next year. If he regresses, we get nothing (maybe a draft pick) when he leaves. If he stays on par with his previous numbers, that’s great.

Here’s the thing though. Number 1, why do we need a good bullpen arm when we won’t compete? He might be the difference between 72-90 and 74-88 at best.
Second, why give up prospects when you can give up a guy who you know? This guy is a quality bullpen arm, nothing more. They are a dime-a-dozen. McNutt could be our next Sean Marshall, for crying out loud.
Lastly, I didn’t know notsureifsrs and myself were at the negotiating table. But even if I was (and I hope the Cubs are doing this), you can withhold Marshall and then give him to the Sox when you really need to break the stalemate.

Don’t be one of Hendry’s disciples! Don’t overvalue guys. Especially bullpen arms. Nobody in that bullpen is untouchable, not even Marmol (who Hendry brilliantly signed for 3 years). Who led the league in blown saves? Oh yeah. But maybe Marshall is the next Mariano Rivera or Trevor Hoffman. Can’t get rid of Marshall, can we? Then we’d be a losing team… Oh wait. We already are!

3 years 10 months ago

 I’ve seen houses built in less time.

SmokinGun
3 years 10 months ago

You really need to move out of shantytown.

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

Occupy Boston?

0bsessions
3 years 10 months ago

I’ve seen Occupy Boston, I’m not sure I’d even count it as a shantytown.

johnsilver
3 years 10 months ago

Saw Vitters on TV a few times here (they broadcast FSL games here locally) when he was with Daytona and maybe it was just te games that *I* saw, but his bat looked really slow to me, plus seemed to have a tendancy to chase a lot of off speed stuff away, moreso than many other young kids that are rated high it would seem and not knocking the kid, nor Cubbies here.

has anyone else seen this guy a bunch, or really familiar with him? Just curious since remember Cubs were super high on him last summer.

jb226
3 years 10 months ago

I haven’t seen him, but the book on him seems to be that he swings at everything and never walks.  He’s capable of a decent average, but because of his unwillingness to walk the OBP will be relatively low and will fluctuate a lot with ups and downs in BA.  And of course the power is typically regarded as below-average for the position.

All that said, he just turned 22 so it’s not impossible that the power, in particular, picks up.  I’m thoroughly unconvinced about him though.

smokymtnbear
3 years 10 months ago

I saw him play 12-15 games at Tennessee (AA). Although he had some strong numbers it seems he could be relied upon to strike out or ground in a DP when runners were on base. I know the Cubs think he is a future major leaguer with great upside. I just hope he proves that in a cubbie uniform not Beantown.

3 years 10 months ago

 Based on Baseball America’s rankings of Cubs minor leaguers, and if the Sox can’t get Jackson—they should go with Brandon Guyer. His numbers look good and he’s suppoed to be good defensively.

iowacubbie
3 years 10 months ago

He was in the Matt Garza deal and now plays for Tampa Bay

iowacubbie
3 years 10 months ago

He was in the Matt Garza deal and now plays for Tampa Bay

iowacubbie
3 years 10 months ago

He was in the Matt Garza deal and now plays for Tampa Bay

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

There seems to be an echo in here here here

vtadave
3 years 10 months ago

Wait, who does he play for again?

Sawksfan
3 years 10 months ago

I heard he plays for Tampa Bay and was in the Matt Garza deal.

notsureifsrs
3 years 10 months ago

guyer was traded to tampa. he actually even played on the big league club in tampa against boston in september

go. back. to. WEEI.

GermanyOrFlorida
3 years 10 months ago

How about this Chris Archer kid?    Maybe him?

donjuandemarco
3 years 10 months ago

Does this mean the Cubs are gonna bust a (Mc) Nutt?  Ok, ok….in all seriousness…fair deal, get it done and we won’t miss McNutt.  DO IT!

ImperialStout
3 years 10 months ago

McNutt into their Red Sox.

StanleyHudson
3 years 10 months ago

Just what the Sox need, another guy with great stuff and no control…

Tools_of_Ignorance
3 years 10 months ago

Any bets this guy’s teammates call him Three Balls?

Either way, it’s a great porn name.

MattCMoore
3 years 10 months ago

Lol. Just last night we were talking about Wang. So what do they do? They throw us a “McNutt” wtf did they expect?