2:35pm: The Giants have announced the trade, with Abbott being optioned to Triple-A. Outfielder Jaylin Davis has been designated for assignment to make room for Abbott on the 40-man roster. Davis came to the Giants as part of the 2019 trade that sent Sam Dyson to the Twins. Last year, injuries limited him to just 43 Triple-A games and 5 MLB games. In the minors last year, he hit .230/.317/.503, 96 wRC+. His 11 home runs in that small sample were offset by a 31.7% strikeout rate. In 10 Triple-A games so far this year, he’s hitting .295/.340/.500, 105 wRC+, with a 29.8% strikeout rate. The 27-year-old still can be optioned this year and only has 28 days of MLB service time, which could give him appeal to rebuilding teams or those with the need for some outfield depth.
1:15pm: The Cubs are trading right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott to the Giants, reports Russell Dorsey of Bally Sports. It’ll be cash considerations going the other way, per Robert Murray of FanSided.
Abbott was selected by the Cubs in the second round of the 2017 draft and was well-regarded among Chicago farmhands almost immediately. Baseball America has ranked him between #8 and #23 in the system since 2018. Primarily working as a starter, he climbed the ranks of the minors and was selected to the club’s 40-man roster in advance of the 2020 Rule 5 draft. Last year, he threw 17 1/3 innings for the big league club with a 6.75 ERA, 14.6% strikeout rate and 13.4% walk rate. He was much better in 96 Triple-A innings, however, striking out 29.8% of batters, though he still had a high walk rate of 12.2% and a 5.91 ERA.
Abbott was designated for assignment last week and will now head out to his new team on the West Coast. For the Giants, there’s almost no risk in throwing some cash to the Cubs and seeing if Abbott can find another gear to make good on the promise he showed as a prospect. He’s still only 26 years old and has options. The club recently put Alex Cobb on the injured list, which dinged their rotation slightly, though he’s not expected to be out for an extended period of time.
One of the two DFAd last week—awaiting news of the fate of Greg Deichmann.
I wonder what will happen to “cash considerations” in the next few years-especially with inflation so high
If Brandon has his way it may be ‘gas considerations’
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Tick Tock Clock
Another Cubs “top pitching prospect” drafted by Theo. Name one good pitcher Theo drafted for the Cubs. At this point either Dylan Cease or Justin Steele is probably the best.
That’s amazing Tick…I just looked it up and Ted Williams might have been the greatest hitter of all time and he struck out over 700 times all by himself….and he died with three less rings than Theo. Theo did quite well for himself building pitching staffs, I think.
These days Keegan Thompson is looking pretty damn good,
As always, we await developments.
Reading about Abbott…
“ Cory Abbott made his major league debut last season for the Cubs after a very solid minor league career. He is very much a strikeout-oriented pitcher. The 26-year-old is projected to begin the season at the club’s Triple-A affiliate and should only see time in the big leagues this upcoming season if more players are traded, or if injuries arise.”
I am still not sure why they dfa Abbot to give Leiter Jr a shot. He did not look impressive in his first start we will see how he does tonight against the Pirates.
Yeah that was a very questionable move by Jed Hoyer.
I think the thought process is, that Hoyer like Leiter odds better in Coors than Abbot due to giving up way to many homers and hard contact. Abbott was never going to make it through the season and likely was pre=planned to DFA him first he they need a roster spot so they did.
Leiter spot will be next to go when they need to open up a spot again.
That very well could be the case. Leiter just had very blah AAAA stuff and was 4 years older. Colorado isn’t any easy start for anyone so interested to see how he does against Pittsburgh.
Neither one was (or is) gonna be someone they could plug into a future rotation. Steele has a higher ceiling than either one and that’s what this year’s about for them. Find out who in the system they can build with and then spend next offseason when they have a clearer idea of what they have.
Yet a much better team like the Giants have room for him? smh
As depth only. I doubt he’ll see much—if any—action. Junis, Long, even Carlos Martinez and Boyd (if he’s healthy) will be up before they have to resort to Abbott.
seems like a solid depth piece with options
He opens up too much on his delivery. Back arm swings behind his body. His lack of control starts with his delivery. If he was more inline to the plate and kept his mechanic tighter to his core it would help with him commanding his pitches more.
I’m pretty sure that Jed gave up as he has Kilian close and really didn’t want to deal with a guy that really needs more time and a pitching lab overhaul.
Good luck to him
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Abbott is primarily a starter. Cubs need starters. Sorry but Mark Leiter Jr. isn’t going to cut it.
Yeah I don’t like trading Abbott for cash. He will definitely help the Giants in their bullpen. I just don’t see him as a starter.
bummer to see davis go
Then why didn’t the Cubs take Jaylin Davis in return instead of $$? Ricketts needs cash to buy another soccer club?
really thought Davis would be a regular with the Giants at some point
I felt like he had potential to be an everyday guy, really didn’t get a huge opportunity here in SF but his triple A numbers aren’t very desirable for where we play so I see why they didn’t try him out again this season. Hopefully he clears and stays as depth or gets another shot with diff team. Best of luck mr Davis.
They already win this trade by getting rid of dyson at his peak and before his drama. That’s the real win In this trade.
letimmysmoke55 — Too much swing and miss.
As the old saying goes…”if you can’t make it with the Cubs, you can’t make it anywhere”.