The Cubs made two trades with the bigger one being one that involved Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson going to the Braves for Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman. Vizcaino is the prize here. Chapman is more than likely a middle reliever.
Here is what one American League scout had to say about Chapman,
He's a 4A up/down type with a really good changeup but a short FB and fringy control.
The main piece was a big risk on a potential #2 starter for the Cubs. The problem is the RHP Arodys Vizcaino has been injury prone, having gone through TJ surgery recently. When healthy Vizcaino has a 93-95 mph fastball that touches 97. He also throws a sharp breaking curve that gives him a second out pitch. His changeup is solid average. So we're talking a 3 pitch pitcher who needs to gain better command to reach his ceiling. If he doesn't make it as a starter, he could also make a good late inning power reliever. Obviously, though, that's a last resort for the Cubs.
The same AL scout said this about Vizcaino,
"Vizcaino is a stud -- he will either be a middle of the rotation starter or a power reliever who could close. The Cubs got a special arm"
Here's what Hoyer had to say, courtesy of Jordan Bernfield of MiCubs,
"We were aware Atlanta was in the market for a starting pitcher. That made the conversation a little bit easier. [laughs]" Hoyer also said it was hard to trade Maholm since he was under control for another year, but for that value they had to do it.
On Vizcaino: "We had a chance to get a 21-year old who while injured right now has a really bring future. To be able to turn 2 guys, 1 with a yr & opt & another guy who's a FA into a guy like Viz is a chance we need 2 take right now."
And the Cubs have dealt C Geovany Soto to the Rangers for RHP Jacob Brigham. Brigham has a live arm, has hit as high as 97 but works in 92-93 range, hard curve, and a developing change. May end up in the bullpen. The 24 year old is 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA in AA this year. Heres an interview with Brigham from our friends at Chasing the Dream. Here's another story that tells you about what kind of mental makeup this kid has. Brigham is also a TJ survivor.
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