Reds Acquire Sean Marshall For Travis Wood, Others

The Reds have already improved their starting rotation with the addition of Mat Latos this offseason, and now they've bolstered the bullpen. In a rare intra-division trade, Cincinnati has acquired lefty reliever Sean Marshall from the Cubs for Travis WoodDave Sappelt, and Ronald Torreyes. Both teams have announced the trade.

Icon_12006098Marshall, 29, has established himself as one of the game's top left-handed relievers. He posted a 2.26 ERA with 9.4 K/9, 2.0 BB/9 and a 57.5% ground ball rate in 2011. He'll earn $3.1MM during the 2012 season, after which he's eligible for free agency. The Reds have been looking for a closer, but it's not clear how they'll use Marshall and how his presence will affect Cincinnati's interest in relievers such as Francisco Cordero.

Wood is a 24-year-old left-hander who's under team control through 2016. He posted a 4.84 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9 with a 32.1% ground ball rate in 106 innings for the Reds this past season. Though he added value in '11, he didn't match his 2010 numbers: a 3.51 ERA with 7.5 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 102 2/3 innings.

Sappelt, a 24-year-old outfielder, hit .243/.289/.318 in 118 plate appearances for Cincinnati last year, his big league debut. He produced a .313/.377/.458 batting line in 336 plate appearances for their Triple-A affiliate in 2011. Torreyes, a 19-year-old infielder, posted a .356/.398/.457 batting line in 306 plate appearances at the Low Class-A level this past season. Baseball America ranked Sappelt and Torreyes as the Reds'20th and 22nd best prospects in last year's Prospect Handbook, respectively.

Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago broke the news of the trade agreement while ESPN's Keith Law later added details (on Twitter). Photo courtesy of Icon SMI.

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.


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363 Comments on "Reds Acquire Sean Marshall For Travis Wood, Others"


WrigleyTerror37
3 years 8 months ago

NNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :(

Alex
3 years 8 months ago

What are you so bent out of shape about? One year of a reliever for 5+ years of a cost-controlled young starter who’s going to be mid-rotation for the Cubs, AND two minor leaguers? Need I remind you that the Cubs currently have approximately one and a half serviceable starters in Garza and Dempster? You should be beating down Theo’s door to get this done.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

“mid-rotation for the Cubs” is accurate.  He’d be a 4 or 5 for a better staff.

Alex
3 years 8 months ago

Indeed. I made sure to include the “for the Cubs” qualifier.

cubs223425
3 years 8 months ago

And that’s why some of us aren’t all that excited. That 2 prospects are in it makes it better, but Wood alone has shown inconsistency and lack of potential. He’s a back-end starter on a good team, meaning if the Cubs become competitive, he’s not really going to be part of the reason why.

onetricpony
3 years 8 months ago

so Marshall will be? considering he is gone after this year?

cubs223425
3 years 8 months ago

You’re right, I forgot…it’s illegal to resign players, and teams never get player compensation for good FAs.

coltholt
3 years 8 months ago

 Under the new CBA, reds would have to offer Marshall a 1 year, 12 Million dollar contract to get picks. #Notachance

3 years 8 months ago

Of course, the Cubs could still resign him next offseason if they need him.

Jay King
3 years 8 months ago

 Wonder if there might be an extension offered this winter for Marshall.  If he is making a little over 3 million this coming season how about a 3 year deal for….
 
year 1  – 3.8 million
year 2  –  4.8 million
year 3  –   5.4 or up to 5.8 million.

Unless he becomes our closer then the money would have to hike up about 2 to 3 million each year.

strikethree
3 years 8 months ago

They can always convert him like they did with Marshall.

Then trade for even more prospects. Rinse and repeat.

It’s amazing how much better a starter can be when turned into a reliever. Marshall went from mediocre starter to lights out setup man. This is exactly why teams should never pay big money to relievers. Although the transformation doesn’t hold true for everyone, we’ve seen more success with starters turning into good relievers than vice-versa. 

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

i think most cubs fans would prefer fewer years of a starter with more upside. the cubs aren’t short on cash, they’re short on impact talent. back-end starters are not scarce

it’ll be interesting to see who the minor leaguers are

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

Mesoraco and Hamilton

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

soriano must be going to the reds then huh. solid deal

Joe
3 years 8 months ago

hahaha, i legit just laughed out loud

3 years 8 months ago

No way its Mesoraco. Ramon Hernandez gone, traded Grandal (who isnt ML ready anyway). Hannigan and Mesoraco are the 2 catchers they will carry on the 25 man all season. (Barring injury).

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

I was totally joking, its neither of those 2 for sure

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

I was waiting for the explosion from Cincinatti from your post.  I’m somewhat disappointed so far…

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

me too

goooob
3 years 8 months ago

Cinncinattttti fans hopefully understand sarcasm.

Andrew Stelter
3 years 8 months ago

Actually it’s spelled Cincinattttttttttttttttttttttti

3 years 8 months ago

I find it interesting that you just said no way to Mesoraco. Did you think Hamilton made sense?

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

Sure.  He can backup Castro for the next five years.  Makes sense for both sides – The Reds waste their future SS for one year of a reliever (no matter how good), and the Cubs waste Hamilton’s future career.

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

When the Cubs gave him away or when the Reds gave him away?

Joe
3 years 8 months ago

Talking about Billy Hamilton

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah I figured that out too late.  I tried to delete.

Jay King
3 years 8 months ago

Keep Dreaming. 

jb226
3 years 8 months ago

I’m reserving judgment until we hear who the minor leaguers are, but that is exactly how I feel about it.  Marshall is one of the Cubs’ best trade chips; if all they really get is a back-end starter I consider that a major failure, and I really couldn’t care less how many years the guy is under control.

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 8 months ago

as a overall this is a good deal pending the other 2 players. but as a fan I hate to see sean go. he was one of the few i trusted when lou/quade went to the pen. i just wish i could get his autograph before he goes. hes one of my favorite players. 

jb226
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t understand why so many people keep saying things like “mid-rotation [starter] for the Cubs.”  Is it just to take a shot at the Cubs, or do you really think that how good he is relative to the team he’s going to matters?

I mean if the Cubs get Travis Wood and trade Garza to somebody else, should we be ecstatic that we acquired a #2/borderline #1 pitcher?  

It doesn’t matter where he slots into the rotation for the receiving team (Cubs) — what matters is his talent level and whether or not that talent level is a fair return for who he is traded for.  His talent level is probably most realistically a #5.  That the Cubs’ rotation sucks as bad as it does isn’t relevant to whether or not the trade ends up being good or bad — that’s going to depend strongly on who the minor leaguers are.

onetricpony
3 years 8 months ago

for a one year rental?  what do you think Latos should be included?

meinhardt1992
3 years 8 months ago

dont forget you never know what you will get from zambrano

CubsFanTillTheDeathOfMe
3 years 8 months ago

These prospects better be worth it or else this deal is not a smart one

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

Two mid level prospects is about all you can expect.  Trade value of relievers just isn’t all that good.

I’m interested to see the names, however.

3 years 8 months ago

You Cubs fans are delusional.  Marshall has one year left till FA.  Did you think the Cubs would compete this year? You got a young, affordable lefty starter for a number of seasons and the Reds got an one year rental on the most overrated lefty reliever in baseball.

Jay King
3 years 8 months ago

That’s a big delusional comment.  He is not the most overrated lefty reliever in baseball?   Where do people get this crap.

JenInChicago
3 years 8 months ago

Ridiculous. Sean was arguably the best pitcher on the team and the only one, seemingly, able to get the Cubs out of a jam.  To the Reds, no less!!!!

3 years 8 months ago

These better be some damn good minor leaguers! 

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

Not a bad deal for both sides

phee17
3 years 8 months ago

hoping for billy hamilton as one of the prospects. but that’s just me lol

nelly33
3 years 8 months ago

Billy Hamilton is untouchable

phee17
3 years 8 months ago

i’m very aware of that but i’ve heard that about prospects before, but you never know.
just some wishful thinking is all

BlockedProspect
3 years 8 months ago

Hamilton isn’t untouchable at all. But the Reds wouldn’t trade him straight up for Marshall, let alone as a secondary piece.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

If the padres couldnt get him for Latos, he isn’t going for a reliever

BlockedProspect
3 years 8 months ago

Pads wanted the guys they got, not Hamilton. Reds would’ve done a week of celebratory summersaults if they could’ve included Hamilton instead of Grandal for Latos. Hamilton is 21, hasn’t made it out of High-A ball, & posted a .700 OPS last year. I don’t care how fast he is, that’s a less valuable commodity than a catcher who posted an .835 OPS at Double-A.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

on most red prospect lists, Hamilton is rated ahead of both Grandal and Alonso.

there must be more to his skill set and tools that havent showed up on his stat sheet yet..

plus grandal and alonso were both blocked. a SS is far more valuable to the reds

BlockedProspect
3 years 8 months ago

I understand what you’re saying, absolutely, it’s perfectly sensible. But I still disagree in 2 ways. First, lots of teams have Hamilton further down their lists than Grandal. I’ve specifically heard several talent evaluators question Hamilton’s ability to hit at all. Second, Grandal/Alonso were definitely blocked, & I have no doubt the team would’ve much rather traded Alonso than Hamilton. But not so on Grandal. Remember: prospects have 2 forms of value–1) to the team in the future; 2) as a trade chip. Grandal was a much more valuable trade chip because catcher is every bit as scarce across the league as SS, & Grandal is at least projected as good defensively as Hamilton & absolutely a better all-around offensive player. The Reds knew this, & preferred dealing Hamilton.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

fair enough

Rozz513
3 years 8 months ago

Hamilton had trouble in the first half of the season last year because they were trying to turn him into a switch hitter. He had a much more respectable second half.

onetricpony
3 years 8 months ago

agreed the pad’s are set at ss for the future lol

3 years 8 months ago

Yeah he is untouchable he has been left out of trade talks since last season. Hamilton, Mesoraco and Chapman was all listed as untouchable at the deadline last season. You can bet that SD wanted him but was told no.

BlockedProspect
3 years 8 months ago

Reds like his upside for sure, but they didn’t trade ANY prospects last season. And Padres wanted the guys they got. How that suggests Hamilton is “untouchable” is beyond me. If those are the only 2 criteria, then literally every Reds minor leaguer other than Grandal/Alonso/Boxberger are “untouchable.”

MacKenzie Pantoja
3 years 8 months ago

I’m a Reds fan. Trust me, Hamilton is untouchable.

BlockedProspect
3 years 8 months ago

Haha, lots of us are Reds fans, my young friend. The longer you root for a team, & the more you grow up, the more you’ll realize that doesn’t give you any kind of special insight whatsoever into how that team conducts business.

Jay King
3 years 8 months ago

Reds Fan.. Hamilton is not in this deal…

jwsox
3 years 8 months ago

He is untouchable because he is 21 never made it out of high A and can’t hit. I wod guess untradeable not untouchable.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

ummm for a relief pitcher he is. let’s not get carried away.

dhgshth
3 years 8 months ago

cubs are trading the wrong players

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

Because they’ll get better prospects by trading their garbage?

If you want to get value in return, you need to trade value.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

Sean Marshall is garbage? Care to explain how? 

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Please re-read the two posts.

EightMileCats
3 years 8 months ago

He’s saying you won’t get anything if you trade trash.  Trading Marshall(not trash) is going to get you farther in the rebuilding process than trading say…  Soriano(due to his bad contract).

Jay McCollum
3 years 8 months ago

anybody that is not a Reds top 10 makes this deal somewhat swallowable (new word) nothing like sending away talent to rent a player!…hopefully the Reds get a window to extend him…

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

They have a one year window by virtue of the fact that he’s signed.

Rynocerous
3 years 8 months ago

Not sure how this is a bad deal for the Cubs. They aren’t going to be contending for awhile, and Marshall provides little value for them as a reliever. Though he’s great at what he does, he couldn’t cut it as a starter and he’s better suited to help a bullpen on a contending team. Wood’s peripherals were pretty good last year and he has the chance to turn into a serviceable back-end starter. The prospects are just a chance to strike gold, whomever they are. Seems like a win-win to me.

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

Because you received the inferior player.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

True.  You could always hold on to Marshall for the whole year, not compete, and then get NOTHING for him.  That would be alot smarter.

Unless there was a better trade offer out there, this is a good move for the Cubs.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

the deadline for a trade is not today. it’s hard to believe another club wouldn’t have given up a prospect with a higher ceiling than wood

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

-=A=- prospect, yes.  Three, no.

Look at the deal for Santos.  He has several years remaining under contract, and spent most of the season as a closer.

Marshall isn’t going to net much more than that in a trade.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

the years of control help, but santos does not compare well to marshall by any measure. marshall is one of the best relievers in baseball

why are you mentioning three prospects? that’s not what’s being traded here. wood has never even really been a prospect and is a back-end starter at present. not having been named yet, it seems unlikely the two minor leaguers to come will be meaningful prospects

getting “-=A=-” high-ceiling SP prospect would likely be better than getting wood + wildcards

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

Without team control, I doubt the high cieling guy is a starter.  Relievers, no matter how good, just aren’t that valuable.

Only difference is a closer, since some teams value saves enough to trade better talent.  Marshall hasn’t closed yet, so his value is low.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

those are just conclusions

2/3 of the mike adams haul (for 2/3 of the control) would be a top 50ish SP prospect

QCCubsPerspective
3 years 8 months ago

Or maybe this is the best offer they got, given that they still need to make trades IMO for Byrd, Soto, Garza and maybe even Wells. We still don’t know the prospects, though.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

i think this is obviously the best offer they’ve received so far, but time has not run out. they shouldn’t be in any hurry to pull the trigger unless they get a steal

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

I doubt a better offer would have come along until the season started.  Once the season starts, Marshall could regress or get injured.  Relief pitchers are never a guarantee.

Its a question of taking the deal now, or gambling on success later.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

it’s a question of scarcity. travis wood’s production isn’t a hard thing for a team with money to acquire

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

If Marshall gets hurt, or doesn’t pitch well (relievers are unpredictable – even the best can suddenly pitch poorly), the Cubs are unable to trade him, and get nothing at all.  Even a poor return would be better than no return, and Wood (sadly) makes the Cubs rotation better this year, so it is already a positive trade.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

and the (very good) chance to acquire a good return is worth more than the poor return when the poor return is an eminently replaceable back-end starter and a pair of nobodies

wood’s cheapness means little to a large market club. they need impact talent

Thomas W
3 years 8 months ago

It means more to a big market team hamstrung by bad contracts

dbreer23
3 years 8 months ago

You say this without knowing who the prospects are – if we get Soto back as one of the prospects, I’ll be happy enough with that.

Jay King
3 years 8 months ago

OMFG….. Soto are you nuts..  Forget any top 10 prospect since you got Travis Wood in this deal.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

They probably could have got more for Marshall.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

A major league starting pitcher under club control, and two minor leaguers for ONE relief pitcher who isn’t even a closer?

Are you even a baseball fan?

Could they have gotten more?  Maybe at the trade deadline.  There’s too many relievers available right now to get a huge return.  Look at the return for Santos, who spent most of the year as the closer, and comes with 5 years of team control instead of being a free agent after this season.  Expecting to get too much for Marshall is a pipe dream.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

blah blah blah…

Wood has a very low ceiling, cubs could have gotten someone with more upside, possibly a minor leaguer for marshall..

perhaps one of the 2 prospects has a high ceiling. So this could all be moot, guess we’ll discuss when the prospect names are released

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

I think they could get something similar to the White Sox return for Santos – 1 minor leaguer, high upside, not major league ready.  Theo obviously chose quantity over quality. Given the state of the Cubs farm system, I can’t blame him.

This deal is fair.

$19253129
3 years 8 months ago

It is not a bad deal at all, but most Cubs fans LOVE and over value their fringe players.

Hrubes20
3 years 8 months ago

One of, if not THE best LH reliever in all of baseball the past 2 years is a fringe player?

dbreer23
3 years 8 months ago

On a team that won’t win 80 games, either with or without him, you deal him for what you can get.  He’s a FA after 2012, and he won’t re-up with Chicago, so a MOR SP and a couple of prospects is better than nothing.

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Does he hate Chicago?  Why wouldn’t he return if he received a competitive offer?

dbreer23
3 years 8 months ago

He may love the North Side, I dunno.  But I’m betting he’ll get much more $ on the open market than the new regime will give to a RP.

Hrubes20
3 years 8 months ago

Oh, I completely agree.  I like the deal for Chicago and think they were wise to deal him now.  I’m just miffed at how Marshall is a “fringe player”.  He’s dominant.

jb226
3 years 8 months ago

That’s exactly the point though: You deal him for the BEST you can get.  Is this the best?  Marshall-for-Wood is absolutely not.  Beyond that we’ll see when the prospects get announced.

Besides which, years of control or not, backend starters are a dime a dozen and there are a bunch available any given year for a small amount of money.  I would much rather the Cubs shoot for upside guys, which is what these prospects had better be for this to be a respectable deal.

$19253129
3 years 8 months ago

Yes, a player with 1 year left so trade him and get something or lose him for nothing.  Relievers a fringe players on a bad team.

Hrubes20
3 years 8 months ago

You and I have vastly different definitions of “fringe players”.  A fringe player to me is a guy who can barely crack a 25 man roster.  Marshall would crack every 25 man roster in the game.

nictonjr
3 years 8 months ago

 So are 5th starters.  The Cubs can lose games with Casey Coleman starting as easy as they can lose games with Travis Wood starting…

Jay King
3 years 8 months ago

After watching Wood thought the past few seasons.. I get the feeling you would win more with Travis as your number 5 than you would with your current starters.

CC
3 years 8 months ago

Marshall only allowed 1 hr last year. 1!

3 years 8 months ago

Unsustainable!

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

i know right. if he regresses to 2010 and gives up 3, the reds will be so screwed

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

who hit it?

Aaron Klemme
3 years 8 months ago

Cody Ross

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

someone give that man a 3 year deal!

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Hmmmm…

Sincerely,

N. Colletti

101andCounting
3 years 8 months ago

lol.

Jay King
3 years 8 months ago

Oh God… and the Reds are considering Cody Ross for LF.   Would that be crazy or what.  

Not a fan of Cody Ross personally

3 years 8 months ago

So the Reds are emptying out the farm for Latos and Marshal and ship Wood out of town? OK… Theo is already killing the Reds and they havnt even played a game yet…

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

How is Theo “killing the Reds” by trading a very very good LH reliever for a fringy starter?

Latos
Cueto
Leake
Bailey
Arroyo

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

I’ve been pretty unimpressed by every move the great Theo’s made so far personally.  DeJesus is ok I guess.

Jay King
3 years 8 months ago

Don’t forget about Chapman as #5 for this season too. I don’t know what is going to happen here.. Bailey to the bullpen.  I thought he had trouble working back to back in the past. I highly doubt Arroyo goes to the pen. Though Rubber arm Arroyo could probably handle it better.  Seems like a huge waste of money though for a bullpen spot if Arroyo would go there.

Jordan King
3 years 8 months ago

I like the trade, but I’m dreading hearing who the prospects are. Really hoping we didn’t give up Corcino.

Hrubes20
3 years 8 months ago

That’s the one name I hope to hear.  Very doubtful, though.

3 years 8 months ago

Cub fans: Marshall is 30 years old. He will be a free agent after this season. If I were a 30 year old reliever I would not want to wait around for the Cubs to rebuild. Wood is 26 and has three more years of arbitration. He was good his rookie year and struggled last year. He will probably get better. The more prospects you have, mid-level or otherwise, the better chance you have. This is not a bad move.

Ben Zetlitz
3 years 8 months ago

Adam, Wood is 24 not 26 and he has FIVE more years of arbitration. This deal is an easy win for the Cubs.

3 years 8 months ago

Actually Wood is 25 years old and Marshall is 29

asovermann
3 years 8 months ago

Feb 6th 1987, he is 24. Marshall will be 30 at the end of August as wll

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Actually you are wrong, Marshall and his wife love chicago and the fans, and were a huge part of the community. I would honestly not be surprised if he pitches for Cinci this year and resigns with the Cubs next offseason. Correction, didnt realize they were divorced.

Nickistoles
3 years 8 months ago

I can’t imagine the two prospects being anything great. Wood is a good pitcher, maybe had a little bit of trouble pitching at GABP. But he really is one of those players who could shine as a Cub 

Jay King
3 years 8 months ago

Cause you know Wrigley field is so much bigger a stadium.. Lol…

3 years 8 months ago

You are in rebuild mode.  Marshall isn’t going to make the Cubs contendors.  I really hope the 2 minor leaguers or Jordan Smith and Kris Negron, otherwise the Reds got bent over in this trade.  Marshall is great, dont get me wrong Cub fans, but the FA market is flooded with RP’s (Gonzalez, MacDougal, Ayala, Zumaya, Rodney, etc, etc).  Wood had a down year last year, but has great command and holds a lot of potential.  It seems odd to let loose of 2 prospects and a starting pitcher with 5 years left on his contract and getting paid the league minimum until 2014.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 8 months ago

Wood became expendable with the trade for Latos, and the two prospects thrown in ensures the deal gets done.  Without the two prospects, Cubs may wait until the trade deadline to see if they can get a bigger haul.

3 years 8 months ago

Chapman was shut down this winter with a tired arm.  There’s no way to tell he’s ready to start yet.  I’d rather not rush him or Corcino (heaven forbid he’s included in the deal) to take over for someone injured.  Reds 40 man is not full, and easily couldve kept these guys and signed someone for the similar price in FA.  I guess we’ll have to see who these minor leaguers are.  It better not be Gregorious, Hamilton, Frazier, Duran, Phipps, or Corcino.

Jay King
3 years 8 months ago

Don’t remember the reason but that is not why he was shut down…

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

Marshall is significantly better than that cavalcade of stiffs you just listed.

3 years 8 months ago

Chicken Quesa doubt it man..some of these guys will be studs.

3 years 8 months ago

Cubs will be so pleased with Wood alone, they will soon forget about Sean Marshall.

bobskube
3 years 8 months ago

That’s where we disagree.

Jay King
3 years 8 months ago

I see Wood as most likely turning into a #4 guy 5 at worst and maybe if he can pitch like he did consistently like he did in 2010. maybe a #3 starter.

Cubs fan quit crying. Travis is not as bad as your making him out to be.

Gunner65
3 years 8 months ago

Cubs will probably get a pick list of low level prospects to chose from. I’d be shocked if it was anyone of note

garylanglais
3 years 8 months ago

This is all Theo trying to obtain some value for a RP who will be gone after this year. Sorry Cubs fans, but I dont see the prospects being anything but marginal at best.  This is all about getting an SP with many years of  cheap, team control in exchange for a very good LH RP who is gone after the year.  While I like Marshall more then Wood it does make sense for the Cubs if you look at the larger picture. 

Hawkeye250
3 years 8 months ago

Maybe the Cubs can give the Red Sox one of those minor leaguers for our damn compensation already

slider32
3 years 8 months ago

Good trade for both teams, it shows the direction these teams are going.

Doug_Not_Dascenzo
3 years 8 months ago

Could the they Flip T. Wood and another peice to padres for Rizzo? just a thought. he seems like a fit with the Padres young controlable fly ball pitcher. 

Joshua Edwards
3 years 8 months ago

As a Cubs fan, I’ve watched Old Man Jocketty put together winners for Cubs rivals for too long. 

So in the interest of throwing scenarios out there:

Don’t rule out Alonso. Reds wouldn’t trade him to division rival Cubs, but we might have seen the first two movements in a three-part trade. 

T. Wood to Padres for Alonso makes more sense than Garza and his salary to San Diego. 

Wood replaces Latos, and the Padres keep Rizzo–a guy they liked all along but told Old Man Jocketty they were moving to Chicago if they could replace him with Yonder.

Hoyer & Co. get the guy they wanted–their division rival’s 1b prospect. They essentially traded a lefty reliever for him and netted two prospects to boot.

Most importantly, I would love to see Hoyer, Epstein and Byrnes take Walt for a ride.