The Phillies acquired infielder Esteban Quiroz from the Cubs in exchange for cash, according to announcements from both teams. Philadelphia has assigned Quiroz to minor league camp.
Quiroz, 31, made his big league debut with Chicago last season and hit .275/.370/.275 in 47 trips to the plate. He’s a career .259/.385/.495 hitter in 776 plate appearances at the Triple-A level, where he’s played primarily second base but has also seen action at third base and in the outfield corners. The Cubs outrighted Quiroz off the 40-man roster back in November, but was in camp with them as a non-roster invitee this spring.
It’s a depth move for the Phillies, who’ll be Quiroz’s fifth organization in six years. The well-traveled infielder didn’t sign with an affiliated club until his age-26 season, when the Padres plucked him from the Mexican League. Quiroz is a left-handed bat who draws walks at a prolific rate (15.3%) and strikes out at a slightly below-average clip (21.1%) in the minors. He’s swatted 34 homers in 204 Triple-A games and can give the Phils some depth at multiple positions.
Hmmm..Bohm to 1st?
In a platoon situation with Hall?
Presumably Hall plays 1B facing righties and Bohm plays versus lefties with Sosa at 3B.
His first team was the Red Sox before being traded to the Padres the following year.
His first team was the Red Sox, he was traded to the Padres the following year.
Nice little depth piece. Still has upside and if he can stick as a utilityman, he’s controllable.
Controllable 31 year old when people start to decline around this age.
That just means we have ALL his good years!
The Dynasty That Never Was, and Maddon nearly blew the 2016 World Series on top of that.
The Dynasty That Never Was, and Maddon nearly blew the 2016 World Series on top of that
Are you having your stroke in installments?
He was down 3 games to 1. Pretty masterful comeback.
He’s referring to Maddon’s in-game strategy, which was horrendous.
Horrendous? He only had to be better than one other manager—which he was. I know, I know—he brought in Lester just knowing that David Ross was going to make a bad throw to first base allowing the game to get close. David Ross makes an accurate throw to first base the Cubs exit the inning up 6-1 and the game never gets close.
Oh yeah, he brought in Chapman and he gave up a home run. Didn’t Francona bring in Miller who also gave up a home run? Check out Chapman’s usage and stats in the series and compare it to Miller’s. Exactly the same! Exactly.
One thing that is never ever mentioned when talking about game seven. Neither Rondon nor Strop were used or even up late in the game. These two were the primary guys before Chapman was acquired. Maddon knew exactly what he had in the pen, who was healthy, and who he could trust.
When two teams are playing you only have to better than the one on the other side of the field, which he was.
A lot of irrational Maddon hate on these boards. Dude took two perennial losers to the WS, won Cubs’ first title in over 100 years. But DB’s are not for rational thought…just shrieking from keyboard warriors mostly.
No it was Epstein and McLeod who blew it. They couldn’t draft nor develop pitching.
Uncle Steve Bartman
Was just thinking Wisdom would make a good Phillie and some of those Philly pitching prospects would sure help the Cubs farm. Like to think that call was made and this was what ended up coming from it.
Wisdom isn’t fetching a valid SP prospect.
Yeah. No shot of getting a solid pitching prospect for a minor league depth infielder.
I get the idea of calling Wisdom a minor league depth infielder, however he’s performed much better than any minor league player likely would in his same situation. Only 8 other major league 3rd basemen have hit more homers than him over the past 2 seasons. Those 8 guys all got more plate appearances (most by over 200+ more compared to Wisdom).
And now let’s look at RBIs over the last 2 seasons. Wisdom with 127 RBI which ranks him 14th among all 3rd basemen for last 2 seasons. Again, all the other guys up at the top of the list have way more plate appearances than him again, some by 300-400 more plate appearances.
Wow…. Patrick Wisdom has performed in providing his team with above average run production compared to all other third baseman over the last 2 seasons. Yeah he’s not much in all the other ways that we want better baseball players on this team, but for the league minimum he is providing good value. Yes we need a better 3rd basemen, but to trade away Patrick Wisdom without a viable replacement sure would be doing a huge disservice to Cubs fans who’d like to see this team start to complete. No they’re gonna need more time, but I believe they are getting closer…
Now if the cubs are gonna go into sell mode, and a team that’s not one of the perennial competitors finds themselves with decent playoff chances and is struck with injury issues at 3rd base before the deadline, and they don’t have room to expand payroll due to cheap ownership or not wanting to go over the salary tax threshold, I can see Patrick Wisdom being that guy who can be traded for not a great prospect, but for the type of prospect that’s been around too long who’s kind of a lottery ticket at this point. If that happens to be a pitcher whom the cubs pitching lab can improve on and make valuable in our bullpen or even the back of the rotation, I’d say that’s the best case scenario for cubs fans to hope for from Patrick Wisdom. But he’s better than “minor league corner infield depth.”
I’m not criticizing Wisdom as much as emphasizing how valuable the Phillies top pitching prospects are. They aren’t trading any of them.
Oh yeah I agree with you there. We already did great last year getting Ben Brown from the Phillies for Robertson.
You can like to think that all you want bit it ain’t gonna make it true.
The little guy gets traded, more room for Bote
Let’s hope not.
I’m glad he got a shot (and did pretty well) in the majors last year and now may get another. When the Sox signed him out of the Mexican league years ago I immediately saw the potential for an above average contact and obp profile. For some reason since then all he’s done is perform in the minors yet he never really got a chance to show anything more.
Every now and then guys seem to fall through the cracks and quietly post impressive minor league numbers and I just can’t figure out why they don’t get a bigger chance. This guy is one of them… not that he’s going to be a star… but I think if given the chance he could surprise people with a .270-.280 BA and OBP north of .350
Maybe I overestimated his AVG but still .265-.275 with the strong OBP and maybe 10 or so HR (prorated for full season of ABs)
Including your previous post, we had him pegged for about the same BA & OBP. The lil guy has surprise pop, too. Jacked 7 in 80-ish ABs at Portland (AA) then 19 in 300+ ABs the next year at El Paso (AAA). Forgive my memory, otherwise I’d give exact number of ABs. I tend to ballpark more things nowadays…
Looks like the Cubs wanted to keep Alcantara instead of Quiroz. Still solid depth piece for the Phils. Nice Pickup. Looks like Ricketts has some more Country Club dues money.
Agree Mike. Quiroz did a nice serviceable job for us last year.
Stop with the Ricketts please. Nice pickup Phillies! I thought he was a top utility player but the Cubs are loaded with utility players. Hoyer could only take cash instead of a Phillies utility player for there was no need or room.
Curly Is The Dumb Stooge
I’m back!!! Low-key Quiroz can be good depth.
This feels like the Hoskins injury might require some serious time. Bohm to 1st and Sosa to 3B.
As a Braves fan, I hate to see any player get injured like that this time of year.
I don’t think this is related per se, as it’s just another depth option, but the Hoskins injury did seem pretty brutal.
im sorry but this move has to be related. not an overreaction, but a reaction to the injury by nabbing a guy who wasnt likely to break camp with another team. i really hope hoskins is okay, but in the meantime, no steps will be lost roster wise in aaa and the majors with quiroz in the mix. best of luck to hall and the other phillies guys who may have to fill a possible gap
Buuba ho tep
Looks huge standing next to Altuve.
If Hoskins is gone for a while leaving Hall and Bohm to man 1st, doesn’t that leave Kingery as the extra player to fill in?
Phillies have a lot of internal options for the infield. Bohm, Sosa and Hall will likely get the most time. Kingery is a possibility.. Cave can be LF with Schwarber or Castellanos playing 1st. I’m curious to see what they do.
Highly unlikely the Phillies will bounce Bohm between 3rd and 1st. Just leave him at 3rd. Defensively at 1st, Bohm made Hoskins look like a Golden Glover
By what metric?
Mexican players born in February always have good June stats.
Was that inside your fortune cookie? 🙂
I liked this guy when I watched him play. I think the Phillies probably got a good back up plan for several positions.