Today was the conclusion of the non-waiver trade deadline, with the biggest trade of the day being a three-team trade which sent David Price to the Tigers. Meanwhile, the Cubs were putting the finishing touches on their own trade, one which sent utility man Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell to the Atlanta Braves for a catcher in Low-A. Here is a review of the three players the Cubs received in the last week.
Darwin Barney to Los Angeles Dodgers for Jonathan Martinez
Eating some of Barney’s remaining contract proved to be a useful move for the Cubs as they received Jonathan Martinez. Martinez is a 20-year-old pitcher in his second year of A-ball. This year he has already logged 106 innings, with an impressive 16.7% K-BB% to go along with a 3.36 FIP. He has a three-pitch repertoire which features an average fastball, changeup and slider. His slider and changeup have improved this year and his ceiling is a back-end starter. There’s still a lot of risk involved with him as he has a slender frame and is in Low-A, but a decent return for Barney nevertheless.
PTBNL to Boston Red Sox for Felix Doubront
Prior to the trade, Doubront had voiced his frustrations about being sent to the bullpen and requested to be traded. Still just 26 years-old, Doubront has had a miserable season with the Red Sox and a change of scenery may be the remedy for the left-hander Doubront. In the last two years he has seen his velocity dip and this year his FIP has jumped up to 5.29. He’s another one of those reclamation projects whom Chris Bosio can hopefully figure out, similar to Jake Arrieta but with a much lower ceiling. He was just placed on the DL and will go to Iowa once he is off of it.
Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell, and cash considerations to Atlanta Braves for Victor Caratini
One of the biggest holes in the Cubs deep farm system is their lack of catching prospects. By combining two pieces, the Cubs were able to receive a solid catcher by the name of Victor Caratini. Caratini was ranked last week as the Braves #7 prospect according to MLB Pipeline and slotted in at #13 in the Cubs system. According to Ethan Purser of Baseball Prospectus, behind the plate
“Caratini has relatively soft hands a developing feel for receiving the ball; raw in the finer points of framing; occasionally goes elbow up on balls to his glove side rather than manipulating hand/wrist position to receive, dragging glove hand out of the zone; decent side-to-side agility and good blocking fundamentals; possesses the raw tools (non-arm) for continued development behind the plate.”
Due to his below average arm, Caratini may be more suited for third-base, but the Cubs will be sure to try him out for as long as possible at catcher. At the plate, he’s a switch hitter with a plus hit-tool and doubles power. He has a solid approach at the plate with a 9.3% BB% and 5 home runs in 365 PA’s at Low-A for the Braves, and will move to Kane County to make his debut with the Cubs organization.
Overall, the Cubs got a couple of intriguing prospects still in A-ball as well as a pitcher who was a middle-of-the-rotation starter a few years ago. A great return on three expendable players on a team 17 games below .500%.
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