The Cubs trade Tony Campana to the D'Backs for 2 DSL pitching prospects

The Cubs trade Tony Campana to the D'Backs for 2 DSL pitching prospects

UPDATE (3:05): Added video on both pitchers (h/t Cubs ML) plus some scouting reports from Diamondback's International Scouting Director Carlos Gomez...

The Cubs dealt Tony Campana to the Arizona Diamondbacks for two low-level minor league pitchers, RHPs Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo.

Jed Hoyer said that the 17 year old RHPs, both signed out of Venezuela, project as MLB'ers.

Leal has good size at 6'3", 180 lbs.  Although caveats about DSL stats apply, he went an impressive 6-2 with a 2.44 ERA, striking out 70 batters in 70 innings while walking just 11.

Leal is likely to pitch for the Cubs rookie-level complex in AZ, though he will get a chance to prove those numbers are real and he's ready for Boise.

According to Ben Badler, Leal already throws 87-90 with good sink and a nice delivery.  He considers him a "legit prospect".

From an article by Nick Piecoro from AZcentral.com, here's a report/video from Diamondbacks International Scouting Director Carlos Gomez,

“He’s 6-3, 180 pounds. He has a nice delivery, a nice arm action, and the highlight again is the breaking ball. He’s a kid who can spin it. It’s 74-76 mph already and his fastball is 86-88. He has the physical size, the delivery, a breaking ball and a present, useable fastball for his age. He’s one of those guys who looks like he might have slipped through the cracks. A lot of that same type of guy was going for more earlier in the year. His delivery is pretty balanced, but he drives pretty aggressively out front; he really gets over his front side well. You can tell the extra breaking ball spin he gets is a function of his finish.”

Here's video on Leal...

Castillo may be the real prize, however.

Castillo signed last year for $250,000. He is 6'2" and just 165 lbs  He was one of the youngest in the league and pitched most of last year as a 16 year old, so we have to assume there's some projectability there to fill out that frame.  He went 2-4 with a 5.40 ERA.  He struck out 41 batters in 45.2 IP while walking 17.

Badler's report,

Castillo is athletic (he used to also play soccer), has a good delivery, a long stride and gets out front well. When he signed, Castillo was throwing in the mid-80s with a loose arm and projection, and now he sits around 88-90 mph. His arm action can get long, but with his looseness and projection, his fastball should be at least a plus pitch and eventually reach the mid-90s. He has an advanced changeup for his age and it's his No. 2 pitch right now ahead of his breaking ball.

Castillo has the tools to come on quickly and projects for more once he matures physically.  He will likely either go to AZ or repeat the DSL, but may move quickly.

Here's the scouting report from Gomez on Castillo...

“He’s about 6-2, 165, 170 pounds. He’s long, lean and all kinds of projectable. He has a loose, cool rhythm about him, really free and easy. His fastball ranges from 82-89 mph, but he pitches 85-86 right now. I think he has a chance to throw a lot harder. His best secondary pitch is his changeup and the breaking ball isn’t bad. The spin is there, but it needs work and consistency. He gets really good extension, almost jumps off the mound. We think he can start; we see starter’s arm action and delivery from him.”

And here's video on Castillo...

All in all, the Cubs traded Campana, a player who just didn't fit into the Cubs long or short term plans, for a couple of high risk, but high reward prospects.

I wish Campana well in Arizona. For the Tony Campana fans out there, I'll end this with a positive piece by Dave Cameron on Fangraphs on how Campana and other top base stealers can help teams.

&n

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  • Good luck Tony!... Hopefully 1). he takes Peralta's roster spot and 2). They teach Tony C how to bunt &/or steal first.....

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Agreed on both!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Ditto on that

  • Good for him. MLB trade rumors made note of the fact that Arizona is pretty set with outfielders and there is no discernable place for Tony. But I'm sure they have something in mind. I'm thinking they are going to put him in as the 26th man and his only role is to race the fastest man on every team they play. Should be good clean fun.

  • In reply to carolinacub:

    Gibby is going to fall in love with Campana. I get the feeling they'll make room.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    speed is a powerful tool. I hope that there is something simple that they can do with Campana that will help him raise his OBP. If that can happen he can be a dangerous guy.

  • In reply to carolinacub:

    If he could get on base and play a more consistent CF, he could probably start for some teams, including the Cubs. Unfortunately he hasnt been able to clear those hurdles and his value may be more as a specialty player now. Maybe a change of scenery helps.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Miguel Dilone made a nice career out of being that type of player, so it's possible, although he did finally get a chance to play a lot and hit at least one season well over .300 if I recall. He had one year with the Cubs in the late 70's I think as primarily a PR. FAST dude.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    That's a pretty good comparison. I was a big fan of Dilone as a kid.

  • In reply to carolinacub:

    Campana needs to learn how to drive the ball first. Im not talking HR power, Im taking line drives and hitting the gaps. In Chicago, Tony couldn't bunt because everyone expected him to, he couldn't hit it hard enough to make defenders respect the bunt. I admire Campanas speed and hustle, but until he learns how to drive the ball some he will never be a productive ML player.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John, Great stuff as always! I have been reading "The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball" and was interested in their discussion of stolen bases. The Book says that a disruptive base runner is only slightly more disruptive to the defense/pitcher than he is to the batter. As other commenters have mentioned on other articles, hits are much more effective in scoring runs than stolen bases. It would be interesting to see how many times Campana's steals actually led to runs being scored. Camapana's stats on Baseball-reference.com have him scoring 26 runs and stealing 30 bases in 2012. It would be interesting to know how many of the runs scored were impacted by the steals. I remember having a lot of fun watching Campana steal the bases, but steals are only interesting if they result in runs.

  • In reply to les561:

    Couldn't agree more les561. It's fun but how often does it help the team win. I think he has some value as a pure pinch runner, but not many teams can afford that on their roster.

    That's a great book, by the way. I still use it as a reference at times.

  • Tony, we hardly knew ye.

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    Honestly, the return is more than I expected for a one, two at the most, dimensional player. Well done by Theo and Jed. These two kids might never turn out, but their potential tops out at more than what Campana's was ever going to be. Basically, if they don't turn out, the organization has lost nothing, and if either one of them makes it in a big way, this trade looks like a steal.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Me too. I thought maybe one low level guy...like a Hunter Cervenka type that they hope they can turn around. Nothing against Cervenka, because he's a prospect with a legit shot to make it, but I also like getting these kind of guys to continue stockpiling their supply of good young arms. The more you have, the better chances you get a few who reach that potential.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    You know, of course, that this is the kind of trade which has the potential to be a trivia question years from now.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Oh, yeah. Odds are that 5 years from now, none of these guys are making an MLB impact. But I'll take my chances on those two arms over Campana, at least at this stage of the rebuilding process.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Doyle Alexander for John Smoltz.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I am pleasantly surprised in the return the Cubs got as well. Hopefully in Arizona Campana can be a super sub or something

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    They've added some nice arms in the past two years. May need to take inventory soon!

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    Great deal for us. Most teams don't get anything for a DFA'd player. The fact that we got 2 young arms with upside is enough to call it win.

    And of course John is ahead of the competition, digging up this info. This is the first site i've seen report this trade with actual prospect info on the pitchers.

    More proof why Cubs Den is the alpha male.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Also D'backs fans hate this deal from what i'm seeing. Calling for Towers head. They do have a glut of outfielders though...

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Wow...I'm sure there was some good press in AZ when they signed those two guys. Leal already putting up good numbers probably doesn't help either.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I'll tell you, if I were Theo and Jed, I'd have Towers as #1 on my speed dial. In the last year he has traded Jarrod Parker, Trevor Bauer and Justin Upton and in all three cases I have seriously questioned his return. Looks like we can add this deal to the list.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Thanks Marcel. I think we can call this an easy win for the Cubs, even if those guys never wear a big league uniform. It sounds strange to say that but you just want to keep accumulating talent. You have little control over who will actually make it, but the more of these guys you have, the better your odds.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Exactly.. The more arms the better the odds.

  • With the D'backs as my de facto home town team - I'm looking forward to it! He's really a one trick pony but, it great to have him in the stable late in the game.
    I like the fact the Cubs got 2 young pitchers - just keep stockpiling those live arms! Good trade for both...

  • In reply to jaxx51:

    I think he'll find a role there. They can afford to hold him because they already have 4 good OF'ers (5 really). Maybe AZ makes another deal.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Who knows John. Maybe they will trade us Parra for cash or one of our 3rd tier prospects.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    They have like 5 CFs right now: Campana, Eaton, Pollock, Young, and Parra. Maybe they will.

  • Too bad we lose Campana, but sounds like a nice return on the two pitchers.

    No doubt he will find a role on the D'Backs squad as a 25th man/pinch-runner deluxe. I can see the D'Backs doing this since they are a lot closer to playoff contention than we are.

    One side note on the two pitchers. So is AZ into "robbing the cradle" in Venezuela by signing guys who are 16 yrs old? I'm sure the Cubs have done that in the past...but I thought it was kinda funny none-the-less.

  • In reply to DetroitCubFan:

    They are in better position in many ways to carry Campana on the roster. I hope he helps them win a game or two.

  • Video on Jesus Castillo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOIucSxWG2I

  • Video on Erick Leal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht4s2NKDxwA

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    In reply to CubsML:

    Thanks for the vids

  • In reply to CubsML:

    Thanks CubsML!

    Just added those videos to the article.

  • I have this feeling Campana is going to really get in Marmol's head later this year and "steal" a game. At least we will only see him a couple times.

  • In reply to Mitchener:

    It'll be our luck that Campana totally runs the Cubs ragged every time they play the D'Backs.

  • And here's video of Arguello and Fels celebrating the news......

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rhcs2UeLrk

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    In reply to felzz:

    LOL! Definitely fits the description of what this event would look like.

  • In reply to felzz:

    Haha! Time to break out the good stuff.

  • Campana has value s a 25th man as pinch runner in close games. He actually would be a good late roster addition to a playoff team. I don't see Campana hitting with enough authority to keep the defense honest.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Agreed. I think he really becomes a factor late in the season. Can win you a big game or two with those legs.

  • I'm sorry. I'm sorry..... Show of hands. How many of you have been giggling for like 20 minutes straight?!!?! I've been giggling...

    Towers: I'll give you a 17 year old Venezuelan pitcher for Tony Campana.

    Theo: What!??!!!! A 17 year old pitcher???? You're serious????

    Towers: OK...Ok.... 2 17 year old pitchers....

    Jed: (whispering) Doesn't he understand tha-

    Theo: Shut up shut up SHUT UP........

    Ohh..... I'm totally amused.

    We are all Marcel.

  • In reply to felzz:

    LMAO, I can picture Jed and Theo snickering then entire time they are talking to Kevin Towers

  • In reply to felzz:

    2 funny!!

  • In reply to felzz:

    Ha! It's as if you were there in the room!

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    In reply to felzz:

    ROFL!!! Now that's comedy

  • two young arms for Tony C? "It's a miracle!"
    Could be first two signings to use new Dominican facility? Or are these guys past that stage already in the DSL? More Pitchers Please!

  • via azsnakepit :

    In a move that I would assume is about Outfield depth, or maybe it's just phase II in a world domination plan, the Diamondbacks have acquired Tony Campana from the Chicago Cubs for Jesus Castillo and Erick Leal. Campana was DFA'd by the North Siders just a few days ago.

    As far as the pieces the D'Backs sent to Chicago: Castillo put up an over 5.00 ERA in the Dominican Summer League last season, and Leal was considered the 35th best prospect in the system according to this very website back in August.

    According to Nick Piecoro, Campana has options left, so Reno may be his most likely destination. To make room for Campana on the 40 man roster, Daniel Hudson has been put on the 60-Day DL.

    You may now calibrate your pre-existing opinions of Kevin Towers for the inevitable 400 comment argument that is about to ensue.

  • In reply to jaxx51:

    Thanks jaxx!

  • Now that he's off the Cubs he'll probably turn into Vince Coleman.

  • In reply to eaton53:

    I think Campana would have loved the chance to play with those Whitey Herzog Cardinals teams.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    the Insect ball Cardinal teams? Jack Clark and the gnats?

  • In reply to eaton53:

    A guy who likes firecrackers?

  • Best of luck, TC!
    I like the return we got.
    I went all haiku.

  • In reply to Carne Harris:

    Nice :)

  • John, really two young arms for Campana? Do you think this could be way for Arizona to keep Peralta and send him to minors?

  • In reply to Scheider:

    I don't think so....at least I hope not. That'd be a pretty bad deal for the Cubs then. I think Peralta is coming back to Chicago before the spring is over.

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    At least they gave him a great going away party at the CC. I liked the way he played and wish him well. He just didn't fit in right now as the rebuilding is taking place and feel the FO made a great trade for 2 young pitchers that could have a great upside! Let's go Cubbies ! I have Spring fever yo!

  • In reply to freeagent24:

    I gotta admit.... He was my favorite player once he got on base, definitely the most exciting baserunner the Cubs have had in a long time.

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    Oh ya, as usual John ,nice article!

  • In reply to freeagent24:

    Thanks!

  • John, one of your tweets about the trade reminds me to ask, what is the status of the Cubs current IFA money pool? Do they still have money to spend?

    The last I heard about any signings was this sad news: http://www.bleachernation.com/2012/12/17/dominican-prospect-yerinson-tatis-killed-reportedly-just-one-day-before-signing-with-the-cubs/

    Since the deal was never signed I assume the Cubs still have at least 450k. Or have they signed players since? I assume the Cubs intend to max out their allotment. Are the Cubs still eyeing players?

  • In reply to CubsML:

    That was sad news. Assuming they're still scouting guys but it's still very early for the international FA period. Most of these guys sign in July.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John - isn't July 1 the first day of the international FA period?

  • In reply to DaveP:

    It is, but you'll see some guys sign earlier every so often. It's actually not earlier so much as they were guys from last year's period who were still unsigned for whatever reason.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Unsigned guys from last year still count against '12 IFA money pool, not the '13. Per Ben Badler the pool resets July 2nd (no carry over of unspent money). The Cubs still have some money to spend from the '12 pool.

  • In reply to CubsML:

    That makes sense...not arguing that, just saying you'll see some guys get signed between now and July.

  • I have to say I've always been puzzled by Campana being thrown to the MLB lions after only two brief stints in AAA for a total of less than 300 plate appearances. I hope he is given a chance to improve and capitalizes on it. In any case, this trade sounds better than we could have reasonably hoped for.

  • In reply to BudMan:

    I think he can help some teams. It's just tough to carry him on a team like the Cubs right now.

    Here's an interesting take for all the Campana fans out there...

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/diamondbacks-acquire-tony-campanas-base-stealing/

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    And another:

    http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2013/2/18/4002112/tony-campana-cubs-diamondbacks-grit

  • I like Leal good downward movement on his pitches. I think he has some serious potential. I like Castillo too but Leal is going to win this trade.

  • Getting two young pitchers for TC is a way too stockpile pitching on the lower level and somehow I can picture these kids as they progress learning all about the "Cubs Way." This is all about stocking the organization with pitching. I'm really looking to see who we pick with our #1 draft pick this year. It could be Ryne Stanek Arkansas Razerback RHP who could be MLB ready by 2015 or Austin Meadows a high school outfielder ; the wait will be longer on him especially if he moves through the system a level each year. I'm really pumped seeing the level of talent Theo is bringing to our farm. I wish I still lived in West Chicago,Geneva is right next door. Enjoy any games you see there John.

  • In reply to TheRiot2:

    Looking forward to see which of the top players separate themselves as we get closer to the draft. I'm hoping it becomes much more clear by draft time.

    I'll definitely enjoy the games this year. Can't wait for the season to start.

  • We have to get young pitchers any way we can. This year is very
    important with the 2nd and 43th pick in the draft and the
    international draft. Looks like getting a top prospect for Garza might
    not happen.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    Agreed. Keep stockpiling those arms!

  • For those who might be interested, MLB network's 'Clubhouse Confidential' will have Jed Hoyer on next (4:30 and replayed at 6:30 central). Probably puff-piece stuff but this shows does get more involved in the numbers and sabr stuff that folks on this blog get more than most others (they just had 2 segments on this year's PECOTA).

  • In reply to DoubleM:

    Thanks for the heads up DoubleM!

  • i absolutely love this trade. i just wonder what their ceilings are though

  • In reply to kingpro98:

    Hard to say right now. It's so early. Just happy that the Cubs got two arms with MLB potential.

  • Sure. A reasonable return for a questionable major leaguer without a roster spot.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    I agree Eddie. I hope Campana learns how to get on base, nice kid, but I am happy with this outcome.

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    If there *was* a side agreement on Starling Peralta with this deal, would it necessarily have been announced? (That is, do MLB rules require such things to be made public?)

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I suppose it could be an implicit, handshake agreement but I really don't think that's the case. Peralta is further along than those two, it wouldn't make sense from the Cubs point of view.

  • Here's BA's write up on the trade. It is interesting to note that they wouldn't have normally commented on such a minor deal "but due to the unique nature of the 17-year-old righties acquired, we decided to break format and cover the transaction in Trade Central."

    The Deal
    Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and the rest of the Cubs braintrust have emphasized the organization's need for pitching in its scouting and player-development pipeline. Chicago added two more arms in a trade with the Diamondbacks, acquiring Dominican Summer League righthanders Jesus Castillo and Erick Leal in a deal that shipped speedy outfielder Tony Campana to Arizona.

    Campana had been designated for assignment, but due to the unique nature of the 17-year-old righties acquired, we decided to break format and cover the transaction in Trade Central.

    Cubs Acquire
    Jesus Castillo, rhp
    Age: 17. Born: Aug. 27, 1995 in San Feliz, Venezuela.
    Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 1655.
    Bats: R. Throws: R

    Castillo was Arizona's most expensive international amateur signing in 2011, when he signed for $250,000 from Oswaldo Camacho's program on his 16th birthday. With his August birthday, he was one of the youngest signings in 2011 and pitched the entire DSL season at age 16. Castillo is from Valencia but has also lived in Spain. He used to play soccer, and his athleticism is evident in his smooth delivery, which he repeats well for his age. He has a long, loose arm stroke, a long stride and gets good extension out front. He threw in the mid-80s when he signed, but he now touches the low 90s and has a good changeup for his age, though his breaking ball is still a work in progress. Castillo did post a 5.40 ERA last year, but if he were born a week later, he wouldn't have even been eligible to sign until July 2, 2012, so he's an intriguing arm for the Cubs to take a flier on.

    Erick Leal, rhp
    Age: 17. Born: March 17, 1995 in Carabobo, Venezuela.
    Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 180.
    Bats: R. Throws: R.

    The Diamondbacks signed a 16-year-old Leal from trainer Robert Valera for $75,000 after the 2011 season, and he made his debut last year in the DSL. When Leal signed, he stood out for his size, delivery, ability to throw strikes and spin a breaking ball. He progressed quickly and in some ways became a different pitcher than scouts had expected. He threw from almost straight over the top when he signed, but he's since dropped down to a lower slot and gotten more life on his fastball, which was 85-88 mph when he signed but now sits around 88-89. Leal's best pitch is his mid-to-high 70s breaking ball, an advanced pitch for his age with a chance to be plus. He didn't have a changeup when he signed, but he's developed feel for that pitch as well, giving him the potential for three average or better pitches if his velocity continues to climb. He pitches inside, moves the ball around the zone and throws plenty of strikes, and he walked just 1.4 batters per nine innings last year. He did start to gain weight a little too quickly at one point, so he will have to stay on top of his conditioning.

    Diamondbacks Acquire
    Tony Campana, of
    Age: 26. Bats: L. Remaining Commitment: Under club control for five more seasons, 2013-17 ($483,000 salary in 2012).

    The 5-foot-8, 165-pound Campana lacks any trace of power, but his speed and glove in center make him a suitable part-timer or reserve. He has swiped 54 bases in 59 attempts in the big leagues and should be able to help another diminutive center fielder, D-backs rookie Adam Eaton, patrol the vast outfields of the National League West. —John Manuel

  • In reply to Quedub:

    Thanks Quedub.

  • I don't think the Cubs could've done better. I like young, very young, projectable arms with plenty of time to get better. Something from nothing. Amazing.

  • In reply to Quedub:

    Exactly. As some people have called it, they got a couple of lottery tickets for a guy who didn't have a place on this team.

  • Jed should call Towers back and see if he'd be interested in swapping Eaton or Parra for DeJesus. Maybe he'd be generous and offer both of them (one for David and one for Kim).

  • In reply to cubsin:

    Haha! Not Kim too!

  • Per ESPN Chicago, Soriano's given the Cubs a list of 6 or 7 teams he'd agree to be traded to. The teams are on the east coast and in the mid-west.

  • Wonder why he doesn't like the west coast?

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    That is interesting.

  • Leak looks like a big strong kid. He needs to hide the ball better or players will pick up his grip. But Castillo, he has a really fluid motion that projects a repeatable delivery. Where Leak pitches hard, Castillo's delivery might make him sneaky fast.

  • In reply to historyrat:

    There's some mixed opinion on the two. I like Castillo a bit better too. One thing that worries me is that BA report indicates that Leal has a tendency to put on a little weight...but apparently not the good kind.

  • His name was Tony.
    Tony Campana.
    He was the fastest Cub north of Havana.
    Tony!
    Tony Campana!
    Played with so much joy he looked like the batboy.
    Enormous glove.

    Will miss his highlight reel speed. But we'll always have the jump over tag play!

    All kidding aside. Love this trade these two dudes seem pretty projectable.

  • In reply to Furiousjeff:

    Didn't know you were a poet :) Projectability definitely the key word here.

  • John, what is the amount of time the Cubs have with these two 17 year olds until they are exposed to the rule 5 draft?

  • In reply to John57:

    They have 5 years from the time they're signed. Clock is ticking...

  • very excited about this trade, a more than solid return for a guy who really on had one skill (as tantalizing as that one skill was).

    john, ive noticed that people have been bringing up starling peralta, and i agree with your thoughts that he was most likely not involved in this trade and will probably be back in chicago's minor league system before the season starts, but it did get me thinking.

    if he was taken this year, theres a solid chance that he is taken next year as well. are there a lot of players that we're going to need to protect from next years rule 5?

  • In reply to jshmoran:

    Not a lot. I mentioned Jose Arias the other day but I don't think they'll protect him unless he really breaks out. Alcantara and Amaya will be eligible. Other possibilities are Jose Rosario, Hunter Cervena, and Dallas Beeler.

  • We traded away the 40th guy on our roster who could not hit........not Lou Brock.......relax people......

    Garza going for an MRI.....what a surprise.........Theo will not sign this guy to a 5 year contract...but will offer him a one year contract to insure a draft pick next year....can anyone say Rich Harden?

    So if Garza starts the season onthe DL, maybe Bowden will stick around....and maybe Cabrera be in the mix as a starter...

    Samardzija
    Jackson
    Feldman
    T. Wood
    Villanueva or Cabrera as the 5th starter

    As Harry Caray would say 'The Good Lord is with the Cubs".....because we now have "Jesus"!

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    I think if they have an opening they'll move Villanueva to the rotation and bring Rusin or Raley north.

  • I'll always remember Campana for that airborne slide into 3b and how he scrambled back safely to the bag after flying above the defender's glove. I just can't recall who the opponent was that day? Loved watching him run the bases but his value is as a pinch runner in close games. He will help any playoff team with that speed. More good work by the FO to get two talented young pitchers for him.

  • In reply to WSorBust:

    Houston Astros

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    Saw this post by a Cubs Fan on the main website and thought it was pretty funny.

    "Another bonehead deal by Huey, Dewey, and Lewey. They just want to get rid of anybody they didn't draft Casto will go too just like Soto after his flame went out. Campana would have been great off the bench to steal a base in a close game or score a run from first and he could be a good defensive outfielder late in a game he could run down anything near him. You can't teach speed, to bad the Flubs don't know how to use their players. They've got the slowest outfield and base runners it would have been nice to have some speed on this team."

    People like this are from what I like to call "the slums" of Cub fan civilization. lol

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I'm guessing the issue is they didn't teach him to use his speed to steal first base.

    Shame on Huey, Dewey, and Lewey.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    HA! Got that right.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    There's always going to be "negative Nellies" out there that live life for instant gratification. In one sense, I understand it (we all have been waiting for what seems like eternity), but what did we get for those instant gratfications? Not much. What bugs me most are the sportswriters who can't see the forest for the trees.

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