Cubs Acquire Anthony Rizzo

The Cubs have acquired first baseman Anthony Rizzo and right-hander Zach Cates from the Padres for right-hander Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na, the teams announced. The move provides the Cubs with a potential long-term first baseman and makes room for another first baseman in San Diego.

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“The acquisition of Yonder Alonso provided us the flexibility to make this trade and acquire a quality, young power arm in Andrew Cashner,” Padres GM Josh Byrnes said. “We are happy to add a pitcher with the pedigree of Cashner and an outfielder with the athleticism of Na.”

The Cubs are presumably out of the running for free agent Prince Fielder with the acquisition of Rizzo. Bryan LaHair will open the season as the Cubs' everyday first baseman and Rizzo will play at Triple-A, GM Jed Hoyer said, tweets Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune.

Rizzo, 22, debuted with the Padres last year, posting a .141/.281/.242 line in a 153 plate appearance cameo. He spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he posted a .331/.404/.652 line and hit 26 homers in 413 plate appearances. Baseball America ranked him 75 among MLB prospects entering the 2011 season and first among Padres prospects after the campaign ended. Even if Rizzo (pictured) sticks in the Major Leagues from this point on, he'll be under team control through 2017.

Cates, a 2010 third rounder, made his professional debut in 2011. The 22-year-old posted a 4.73 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 in 118 innings as a starter at Class A.

Cashner, 25, has a 4.29 ERA with 8.0 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9 in 65 innings over the course of two seasons with the Cubs. The 2008 first rounder spent much of the 2011 season on the 60-day disabled list with a strained right rotator cuff, but returned to make six appearances in September. He'll be under team control through 2016. The Padres will use Cashner out of the bullpen, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets.

Na, 20, has a .244/.335/.284 line in 519 plate appearances over the course of two seasons in the lower levels of the minor leagues. He has played all three outfield positions professionally and spent most of his time in center.

When the Red Sox drafted Rizzo in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, current Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was Boston's GM, Hoyer was his assistant GM and Jason McLeod was his scouting director. Hoyer, McLeod, Byrnes and the Padres acquired Rizzo from Epstein and the Red Sox in last offseason's Adrian Gonzalez deal. It's worth noting that Byrnes worked with Hoyer and Epstein in Boston before becoming Arizona's GM in 2005. 

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421 Comments on "Cubs Acquire Anthony Rizzo"


Chuck Norris
3 years 7 months ago

Padres got hosed.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

(ring, ring) “Yes, this is the emergency operator, what’s your emergency”? (In a frantic voice) “Yes! I need to report a robbery at Petco Park. One assailant was about 6’2 with wavy black hair and the other looked like the guy who played the adult Collagio character in “Bronx Tale”.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 7 months ago

“I like your style dude” – Cowboy in Big Lebowski

lefty177
3 years 7 months ago

“but do you really have to cuss so much?”

3 years 7 months ago

yes thank the lord they got rid of  big z he was nothing but truble now its the fish turn with the problem.

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

calogero*

i hate spellcheckers, but i’m italian, i had to.

one of my fave movies though, nice pull.

funny enough lillo brancato, the guy who played calogero really was arrested for burgulary.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

dude almost got a murder charge, too.  

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

thats right, of a cop.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

loved him in Bronx Tale, hated him on The Sopranos.

captainjeter
3 years 7 months ago

This trade should be no surprise to anyone.Theo drafted Rizzo. He spent the past  5 years  trying to get  Hanley back from the Marlins . He  failed there, but he  succeeded here.
Next to go ? Soriano of course. Unlike  the Yankees, the Cubs are obviously agreeable to eat  a huge chuck of  a contract. We should only be able  to dump Burnett as  easily as he  dumped Zambrano.

Wrek305
3 years 7 months ago

He should try to get Hanley to the Cubs. Granted he’s a lazy player at times but the Cubs don’t have enough to get him, I guess they could send Castro, Soto, Soriano, Blake DeWitt and one other plus 60mil in cash to Florida for Hanley Ramirez and one more player. It’s a win win for both teams, The Cubs get rid of their remaining cancer plus a throw in of DeWitt. They get a SS who  won’t make 10 errors in 4 games.

sourbob
3 years 7 months ago

Your dealer… can I have his number?

Wrek305
3 years 7 months ago

How does that comment make me sound like i do drugs.

Dynasty22
3 years 7 months ago

Maybe you should go back and read it for yourself…

crashcameron
3 years 7 months ago

i think it makes you sound like you need drugs

3 years 7 months ago

you are in complete rebuild mode…why would you pick up Hanley? dumping contracts is what the cubs are doing not adding ridiculous ones…

Wrek305
3 years 7 months ago

They need to get rid of players with no talent DeWitt and Soto and the Soriano needs to go because of his horrible contract. Hanley Ramirez doesn’t have a ridiculous contract. Last time I checked it was about a 4th of Soriano’s contract with the same years. Not bad considering he’s better then Castro. Castro won’t make it if he can’t get his defense improved.

manoman12
3 years 7 months ago

The best part was the 60 mil in cash. That was funny.

ckgjr30
3 years 7 months ago

You sound like you are on drugs for multiple reasons, one you give up 6 players (most of which Miami wouldn’t even want) and 60 million in cash (which I’m assuming is us taking on some of the contracts like Soriano’s) for Hanley. When we already have a great young SS who is 7 years younger than Hanley and your only argument is that Castro has poor defensive skills? he’s 21 years old!!! most 21 year olds are still in single A give him a break. Hanley is lazy and now after last year is an injury scare, his numbers are decreasing each year we are in rebuild mode we don’t need to swap a 28 year old SS who spent most of last year injured for our 21 year old one on the rise. 

Wrek305
3 years 7 months ago

Honestly I had no idea Hanley was 28 I thought he was no older then 25. Castro honestly came up too early but Hendry saved his job by bringing him up.

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

I can’t think of a worse deal Josh Byrnes made, even as DBacks GM. 

johnnycomelately9
3 years 7 months ago

I went from the Josh Byrnes fan club to going to bed thinking he’s an idiot.  I don’t know anything about Na so I hope I’m sleeping on the return.

3 years 7 months ago

Completely agree, I know Byrnes didn’t draft or trade for Rizzo but was that all he needed a singles hitter who barely gets on base and a reliever with control problems, and the fact that he threw in a pitcher too.

3 years 7 months ago

They may be using Cashner as a reliever, but he was a starter in Chicago.

ubercubsfan
3 years 7 months ago

1 start in Chicago does not make him a starter.  He started some in the minors and in college.  But you have to wonder why he was converted to a closer in college instead of staying a starter if he was so good.

xcal1br
3 years 7 months ago

He made one start and then was disabled for the rest of the season.  He would have started 25+ games if he had remained healthy.

What a great trade by Cubs management.  Hoorah!

ubercubsfan
3 years 7 months ago

Maybe he would have.  Also, maybe he would have then pitched like crap and moved back to the bullpen.  Only time will tell whether he is a career starter or a reliever . 

Cosmo3
3 years 7 months ago

The first time I glanced at Na’s slash line, I actually thought his slugging percentage was lower than his batting average lol had to do a double-take

Casor_Greener
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah cause Rizzo is such a stud

MB923
3 years 7 months ago

If Chuck Norris said so, you know it’s true.

MisterDanzig
3 years 7 months ago

how did they get hosed? Anthony Rizzo, had absolutely nothing left to prove in the PCL (AAA), nor had he shown significant improvement playing Winter Ball. But most people could care less about all that, right.

End of the day, the Padres need postion players who know how to hit for average and they need to make more contact than strikeouts…and if you’ve even seen Rizzo play on the big league club, you’d know thats NOT what he was.

He struck out wayyyy too much, and there were BIG holes in his swing. One could say that we should keep him in the event of Alonso, falling on his face and disappointing. But Rizzo was no better than Kyle Blanks, who is still with the Padres.

Why is there this morbid fascination with a kid in Rizzo who may never be as effective as we want him to be in Petco?…and moreso, why have people COMPLETELY forgotten about the right handed pull power that Blanks brings to the table?

Memories are far too short around here. Just because a kid is young, and tore it up in a hitters league in AAA, does not mean that he’ll hit 35 homers and 100 plus ribbies in the NL West, where pitching DOMINATES.

Blanks has made PETCO and other ballparks in the West, look extremely small…Rizzo has not.

Just saying…we need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid of these very young, and very unproven prospects. And lets focus on what the division demands from the teams that play in it.

When the Giants won it all 2 yrs ago, there WAS NOT ONE GUY ON THE TEAM WHO HIT 30 HOMERS, and there were fewer guys on that team that had that many doubles. So, unless you’re an Adrian Gonzalez, Tulowitzki or a Manny Ramirez (led the Dodgers to back to back division titles) or a Barry Bonds, you’re not gonna have many guys at all in the West, hitting homers all over the place.

Again, just sayin….

shockey12
3 years 7 months ago

Well that’s a thing

cubsfanraysaddict
3 years 7 months ago

What happened to our 29 year old AAA 1b???? Theo, you lied to us!

chico65
3 years 7 months ago

When Theo gets a woody over a player it has staying power.  Exhibit A: Julio Lugo.  Just be thankful it’s someone with some talent.

3 years 7 months ago

How did he lie? He never said they were “set” at first base, just that they had options.

cubsfanraysaddict
3 years 7 months ago

If you truly think anyone has a problem with starting Anthony Rizzo, over a 29 year-old AAA player or that someone expects a GM to be honest with their fanbase…….I’ve got some magic beans I want to sell you.

3 years 7 months ago

Go on….

cubsfanraysaddict
3 years 7 months ago

It’s good stuff, you can sprout ’em, eat ’em, count ’em, and they’re also good for bargaining with idiots lol

jammin502
3 years 7 months ago

I really like LaHair and I think he will still compete with Rizzo in Spring Training.  Best case scenario is that they both do well and LaHair can move to the Outfield.

diehardcubbie
3 years 7 months ago

He may be patrolling LF after Soriano is traded.

MetsEventually
3 years 7 months ago

I take it Fielder and the Cubs aren’t happening anymore. 

3 years 7 months ago

No chance now.

MetsEventually
3 years 7 months ago

Also, Padres got s*** back. 

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

Not necessarily. Rizzo’s stay in the majors was full of ineffectiveness, while Cashner was injured. Both have talent, though I think the Cubs won the deal.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

The time Riz spent was too brief and it was his first taste of mlb level pitching. If that played a role in the Padres decision then they sold low on him.

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

I’m guessing Alonso’s presence (and MLB success) was a bigger factor than that string of plate appearances for Rizzo.

3 years 7 months ago

A 22 year old was ineffective in 150 PAs?!?
Well, he’s done.

Thomas Wilson
3 years 7 months ago

was 21 while in MLB

baseball52
3 years 7 months ago

Even worse!

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

Small sample size FTW. 

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

So, what, the small sample size of Rizzo is able to be written off, but one injury to Cashner is doom?

ckgjr30
3 years 7 months ago

it is when we’ve had prior and wood in the past 

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

Worst defense ever. How many “sure-thing,” prospects have we had fail? Prior, Wood, Pie, Patterson, and so on. If anything, the Cubs have more proof of failed prospects than injury-riddled pitchers.

Bret Wask
3 years 7 months ago

Dude.  This is the worst trade I have seen in a long time. Rizzo is one of the best young hitters in baseball and all the Pads got is a pitcher with a career 4.0 BB/9 rate in the minors who missed the entire season last year.  

This trade is unexplainable.  

Add that the Pads gave up another tier B prospect…

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

Cates wasn’t even in Sickels’ top-25 for Padres prospects.

Also, is it REALLY fair to ride Cashner for the walk rate? He had 3 minors league stints of sub-3.30 FIP ball, and he’s never even gotten the chance to pitch more than 60 innings in one stay at a level.

He was rushed, which is probably why he hurt his shoulder. I’m not saying the Padres weren’t silly with this, but to call it one of the worst in a while when Rizzo’s jsut as unproven in the majors as Cashner is an overreaction.

Granted, you could be right EVENTUALLY.

3 years 7 months ago

I’m curious what rushing a pitcher has to do with him getting an injury?
I see the two as mutually exclusive.

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

Quite simply, he was not allowed to properly build up arm strength. He spent all of 2010 with the Cubs as a reliever, then was asked to start from the get-go in 2011. He had never thrown more than 60 innings at a single level in his career, and I think he topped out at 12 starts in 2 of his stops.

imachainsaw
3 years 7 months ago

so those 6.1 innings were the breaking point?

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

Maybe. I mean, there’s a breaking point to everything. It could just be coincidence that it happened when it did. Maybe if they gave him one more start in Spring Training, it would have happened then. Maybe any number of things.

It happened, he is being used as a reliever to build his arm up for 2013 as a starter.

CFH7421
3 years 7 months ago

Being a Cubs fan, it seems ever good pitching prospect they have lasts a year or two and then is done.  I’ll take a left handed 1B over a pitcher any day with the Cubs.  They can sign some FA’s pitchers later.

3 years 7 months ago

Cashner & rushed can not be used as excuse for his injury. It was his first start of the year!
I know the Cubs have a history of arm abuse (ie. Prior, Wood, etc.)
But not this time. Cashner was used in relief in the majors and rarely pitched 2 days in a row.

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

Rushed in the sense that he spent all of 2010 as a reliever. His career-high for starts was 24 in 2009, and that was in only 100 1/3 IP. He was BARELY averaging 4 innings per start.

Come 2010, they have him make 9 minor league starts before turning him into a reliever without proper training/conditioning, and he pitched like garbage, while throwing a total of 111 innings.

The they ask him to traing to be a starter in the offseason. He wasn’t going to be a 180-inning starter. He was likely going to throw 140-150 innings max, or he was going to break down. He wasn’t really prepared to start, and maybe he was hurt from overthrowing pitches late when he was out of stamina or should have been holding back a little. He threw just 72 pitches before being pulled, and was done for the season as a starter.

I’m saying I don’t know that he should have been made into a starter like that, after spending the whole season as a reliever and showing that as a starter in the past, he struggled with going beyond 5 innings.

3 years 7 months ago

That was my immediate reaction. 

thebearsays
3 years 7 months ago

They probably never were.

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

Go overpay Fielder, Mariners. Please. 

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

epstein actually wants someone who might be able to move 3 steps in a couple of years and not turn into another:

A) Soriano
B) Zambrano
C) dempster

Type contract only magnified many times worse.

Epstein made the correct call, especially for a team in full rebuild mode.

3 years 7 months ago

I doubt that they were ever really serious about Fielder.

imachainsaw
3 years 7 months ago

i think the alonzo move paved the way for this deal to happen and put fielder out of focus

Jamie Baker
3 years 7 months ago

Looks as if the Cubs are still in talks with Boras for Fielder. Not sure I understand as Rizzo will be looking for an everyday job in a season or less.

ckgjr30
3 years 7 months ago

Boras is the one saying the cubs are still interested, doesn’t mean we are actually going to sign him. 

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

I hope Mariners get him. It’d be fun to see them compete again.

Remington
3 years 7 months ago

Stupid Trade for the Padres

3 years 7 months ago

And keeper league owners everywhere rejoice…No more Petco for the Riz!

Thomas Wilson
3 years 7 months ago

Cashner owners too

Beersy
3 years 7 months ago

Please tell me the Padres are getting more than this in return.  I do not like this one little bit.

cubsfanraysaddict
3 years 7 months ago

Three team trade perhaps?

Beersy
3 years 7 months ago

I hope so, because this trade is brutal for the Padres.  This is the 1st bad move that Byrnes has made so far and wow is it a doozy.

chico65
3 years 7 months ago

I think it’s payback to Theo for hiring Jed and opening the door for a second chance for Josh.

Beersy
3 years 7 months ago

But shouldn’t the Padres have gotten the better end of this deal as compensation for allowing Hoyer to make a lateral move to the Cubs.  I can’t wait to hear how Byrnes tries to sell this one.  I thought they could have gotten a lot more or at least let him tear apart AAA again and see what would be available later on.  Brutal move by Byrnes.

MikhelB
3 years 7 months ago

Nah, that doesn’t happen, it would be like saying that Hoyer’s trade of Adrián González for nothing the Padres could use in the short term, was payback just because Epstein helped him win the position with the Padres after Theo lobbied in behalf of Jed.

LOL aaaand still there’s people who doubt about collusion in trades where Epstein and his former employees take place.

chico65
3 years 7 months ago

That would be an interesting post, wouldn’t it?  GM “trees” and trade history amongst the branches?  It’s a different sport and league, but you don’t see Belichick making deals with Dimitroff in ATL or Pioli in KC (besides Cassel) all the time.  This bunch sure is incestuous.

Erik Miller
3 years 7 months ago

Tony Gonzalez

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Theo has always traded with the Padres a good deal throughout his career.

chico65
3 years 7 months ago

Exactly.  Theo was under Towers.  He was keeping it in the family then, too.

chico65
3 years 7 months ago

Exactly.  Theo was under Towers.  He was keeping it in the family then, too.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

I get that but I don’t think its a conspiracy of any kind. They just work together better.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah the trade for Adrian actually did give them Rizzo who was on the field that same season so I think thats pretty short term. I think he will thrive with the Cubs. The rest of the package for Adrian could succeed, but from reading up on Kelly’s progress it appears his stock has fallen a bit. Fuentes IDK. Overall I think this move makes the trade officially a win for the Sox. Unless Cashner & Kelly become #2’s (At least) and Fuentes becomes a regular this won’t even be close.

faceforest
3 years 7 months ago

Maybe the Padres writer was right. They may be trading him for those prospects, in return the Rays send pitching to Chicago.

cubsfanraysaddict
3 years 7 months ago

ya, and SD get’s something else too.  I don’t know, I didn’t really understand the Marlin’s motivation for the Z deal either(other than 2012!!11!!1ONE) 

MikhelB
3 years 7 months ago

Keep in mind that Epstein+Hoyer helped Byrnes get his seat as GM of the Padres, so, he’s just returning the favor as Hoyer did when he gave Adrián González to his former boss Epstein, and the three of them worked together with the sox, so, there’s a bit of loyalty towards Epstein to always help him in any way possible.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

I also don’t think this trade is as bad for SD as people are saying; Rizzo is definitely a good hitter (and a good defender) but his power numbers were likely inflated a bit last year because he was playing in the PCL and he’s still a prospect (unproven), and the Padres are getting a major league starting pitcher with 5 years of control.

EDIT: That’s not to say that I don’t think the Cubs won this deal, but it’s not as bad as it sounds.

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

cashner is a bigger question mark than rizzo at this point. it’s pretty bad

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

Is Cashner a bigger question mark?  Honest question, I don’t know much about him.

I know he was injured some last year, but he was a starter for the Cubs and has good minor league numbers (and decent major league numbers in a small sample), and moving to PetCo is only going to make him look better.

I don’t doubt that Rizzo is going to be a good major league 1B, so I hope you didn’t get the wrong impression, but is he the player he was with the Sox or the player he was with the Padres (if you know what I mean)?

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

cashner threw 22 innings last year and it isn’t as if he was ever a proven commodity before that. he’s got 60 MLB innings of nothing much and a lesser minor league track record than rizzo, who is 3 years younger

i’m not trying to say he’s garbage; his potential is legitimate. but he’s actually the riskier commodity of the two. even when you adjust rizzo’s AAA numbers are very good even after you adjust them for PCL inflation and guys who break into the bigs at age 21 generally have very solid careers

the trade just makes very little sense for the padres given the other teams interested in rizzo. you could lose a trade with the rays for example and still do better than this. if i’m SD i’d sooner stash rizzo in AAA for half a year than pull the trigger on this trade right now

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

Fair enough, and I just saw on Twitter that the Padres are planning on using him as a reliever next year and maybe a starter in the future, so this deal makes way less sense than I thought.

If they saw him as a starter now and in the future I think this would have made a little sense (though they still would have lost the deal), but this is just dumb.

Cosmo3
3 years 7 months ago

As a Cub fan who’s watched Cashner pitch, I can tell you that he does have some potentially elite stuff. a mid- to high-90s FB to go with a wicked hook. I was sorry to see the Cubs let him go, especially when they’re hurting so badly for SP right now, but I guess Rizzo was just too big a prize to pass up. And I do agree w/ Notsure regarding his risk–he could very well end up being ineffective due to injury or lack of control.

baseball52
3 years 7 months ago

He was effective in his start against the DBacks last year, which I attended. (snaps suspenders)

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

That’s exactly the point. No one questions whether they SHOULD trade Rizzo. It’s what they got for him that makes us scratch our heads. I can’t imagine he could not have gotten more, especially for a team like the Rays with a wealth of pitching and a need for an offensive minded 1b on the cheap.

tdot32
3 years 7 months ago

wow.

joeybw
3 years 7 months ago

ARGH! Come on Friedman!

3 years 7 months ago

biggest cubs news of the day! oh wait..

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

Umm…what’re we waiting for?

3 years 7 months ago

Starlin Castro.  Go check it out.

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

Ehh, I wouldn’t really call that bigger. So many high-profile people get charged with assault nowadays, and so few ever get punished.

Whether it’s getting out of it through clout or a baseless complaint, he’ll probably get off without any issue.

3 years 7 months ago

Agreed, however Dudemanbro had alluded to the biggest news of the day.  The prospects of the Cubs’ most likely developmental star possibly having damning charges leveled against him trumps news of a hopeful masher arriving to the North Side to relieve the city of hearing about Bryan LaHair’s late blooming “talent.” 

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

It is bigger in terms of what it is, but given the nature of these claims against athletes/celebrities in the past, my guess is it ends up being nothing or forgotten, just like with Roesthlisberger and Bryant.

jwsox
3 years 7 months ago

Few though have women who went to the hospital right after the incident. Usually it’s someone who may or may not have been attacked and went to the media or a lawyer after. The fact that she went to the hospital could spell bad things for mister Castro.

Erik Miller
3 years 7 months ago

She went to the hospital 12 hours later…not that it makes a huge difference…bad is bad

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

Nor do the incidents end up in the media this quickly. 

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Four months isn’t too quick in my book

CFH7421
3 years 7 months ago

I’m guessing or should I say hoping this is nothing.

3 years 7 months ago

whoa

joeybw
3 years 7 months ago

“Oh the Padres will never trade Rizzo for Davis they need a middle infielder like Lee” I bet they would of preferred Wade Davis now.

padresfuture
3 years 7 months ago

Even though I am not thrilled with this trade, I would take Cashner or Davis… mainly because the Padres won’t be in need of back of the rotation starters for the next 10 years.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 7 months ago

What was San Diego thinking?

MB923
3 years 7 months ago

How to get worse?

GasLampGuru
3 years 7 months ago

My guess is, Josh Byrnes does not value Rizzo as much as Epstein and Hoyer do.  And I have to say, the kid did demonstrate some significant flaws in his swing last season.  Not saying he can’t make adjustments, but he has a very long swing and is susceptible to off-speed stuff.  PetCo is also murder on lefties, so there is that.

I would have expected more of a return, but I’d say it’s fairly clean Byrnes is attempting to put his own stamp on the Padres farm system.  We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but I have complete faith in the ability of the Padres pitching coach (and PetCo) to “fix” Cashner and get him throwing strikes.

ajp13237
3 years 7 months ago

Seems like a steal for the Cubs if these are the only 4 players mentioned

3 years 7 months ago

No Rizzo for Rays…

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 7 months ago

Didn’t think it was possible for the Cubs to win a trade, yet here we are.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 7 months ago

After 104 years, they had to win something.

101andCounting
3 years 7 months ago

This made me so sad, and yet, you received my “Like.”

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 7 months ago

Don’t worry man. You guys have a pretty solid front office now. With an increased scouting department, the Cubs should be a pretty good team in 3 years, great in 5 if all things go well.

Wrek305
3 years 7 months ago

Don’t hold your breath on that one. They are out of contention for 2012-2014 so 2015 they will finish probably 7-10 games over .500. For 2016-17 they might be contenders.

Chad Kreuter's Hat
3 years 7 months ago

the truth hurts.  but get those comment out of your system while you can, I suspect you will only be able to make them for 3-5 more years!

Wrek305
3 years 7 months ago

They killed in the Zambrano trade, they lose in this one.

Chris
3 years 7 months ago

Thats all they got?

3 years 7 months ago

Holy hell this is terrible, Rizzo is great. This package for him…is not. 

Eric Smith
3 years 7 months ago

We need pitching depth. I don’t like it.

cubs223425
3 years 7 months ago

Which team are you for?

I mean, the Padres got a pitcher in Cashner, so I guess you’re also a Cubs fan. In that case, note that their ONLY option at first before this was Bryan LaHair. They at least still have Garza (hopefully for not too much longer), Dempster (ditto), Travis Wood, Wells, Dolis, Lopez, Sonnastine (probable RP), Samardzija (ditto), and Coleman. They have plenty of depth, but so much of it is ineffective.

First base was a total failure, though. They really needed a bat, and they got one.

Mikey Roederer
3 years 7 months ago

I love Cash…but HELL YEAH
And Theology begins its magic