Trade Updates: Rizzo to Yankees; Tepera to White Sox

The Captain headed to Bronx Bombers

It is a dark day and the end of an era. Sure, the Cubs had already traded a couple of minor pieces as part of their anticipated sell off, but it didn’t really feel real, not until now.

I haven’t had much of a chance to go over the return the Cubs received in exchange. Both prospects rated in the top 12 of the Yankees system and appear to have a high upside. RHP Alexander Vizaíno has only just gotten on the mound recently this season, and 18-year old outfielder Kevin Alcantara hasn’t played outside the complex level. I’ll update as I gather more.

Cubs Ship Tepera across town

The Cubs could not have asked for more out of their somewhat unexpected three-headed bullpen monster featuring Craig Kimbrel, Andrew Chafin and Ryan Tepera.

Kimbrel finished last season pitching as well as he ever has in his career, and then carried that momentum into this year, where he has somehow been even better. A trade deadline acquisition last season, veteran Andrew Chafin barely got to show Cubs fans what he offered as he was on the IL when that trade went down and only pitched a few games late in the year. He was healthy and ready to go this spring after re-signing with the club, and he too found a new level of success this season.

It was a bit more of a surprise to see Ryan Tepera become just as dominant this season. Sure, he’s always flashed very good stuff, but injuries and control issues have tended to hold him back. From day one of this season however, he was light’s out for the Cubs.

And now, he follows Chafin out the door. His trip will not be as arduous. While Chafin was shipped to the West Coast, Tepera is only being sent to the Southside.

In exchange, the Cubs received former 5th round pick LHP Bailey Horn.

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  • I am an Alcantara fan. I think that is a great start for Rizzo.

    Horn is a steal for Tepera.

    I will be first on record saying Rizzo re-signs with the Cubs in the off season.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Looks like we will see what Schwindel Vargas and Diechman have to offer. Then Steele and Thompson in the rotation. Will be interesting rest of the summer. Plus Morel, Davis & Young should head to iowa.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I’m honestly hoping you are right about Horn, but in all due respect, I’m not so optimistic. Seems like he’s got a long way to go. Also the massive overpay that the Sox squeezed out, for Q, still chafes me pretty good. I’d have been very pleased trading him to anyone else, in order to have the sox twist in the wind.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Horn is a steal in the aspect we turned a scrap heap RHRP for a 5th round LHP that sits mid-90’s and touched 98. He does have a long way to go but there is a lot to like right there. That is a high upside arm and exactly what I would hope we would secure as we move some of these guys.

    I’d still like to see Baez, Bryant, and Kimbrel moved today.

  • Only the best to say goodby to Anthony Rizzo. The Cubs made a
    great deal, but nobody played defense like The Riz. good luck in New York.

  • After reading reports from several sports writers, they were in agreement that the Cubs made a haul for trading a rental
    player to the Yankees for two top 30 players. The outfielder
    they received looks to have a high ceiling.
    Rizzo will always be loved in Chicago.

  • In reply to ronvet69:



  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    The point you are missing is no one wants those guys.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    and the worse our record is this year, the better draft position we get next draft.

  • In reply to John57:

    Absolutely !
    Happ and Heyward , two leftovers from the Theo disaster continue to screw up the Cubs. Getting a top ten pick in next years draft will help build up the Cubs farm system.
    How much money will the Cubs have to eat to rid themselves of Heyward ? Getting rid of Happ won't be as hard to
    release him as Heyward.

  • In reply to John57:

    I don't care much about draft position. The cubs won't be picking in the top 5 so tanking isn't part of the plan. The rest of this season should be about playing the game correctly. I'm talking small ball and defense. Figure out how to get a man home from 3rd with less than 2 outs for the love of...

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Right on DarBar. I want to see how some of the "kids" down in Iowa can do. Since the sell-off and retool is underway let's see what Steele, Thompson and maybe Marquez can do with regular starts or relief appearances.

    Assuming that a couple of Kimbrel, Baez and Bryant are moved today - get Wisdom, Duffy, Ortega (have liked him a lot so far) and maybe get Schwindel some reps if he keeps hitting in Iowa. I would love to see what Ian Miller can do.

    The only "good" news is that compared to the last teardown when Theo arrived the minor league system is fairly well stocked. Remember when Vitters and Jackson were 'the best' prospects in the Cubs system.

  • In reply to drkazmd65:

    I'm excited to once again watch the team build and progress, as opposed to the last few years. You're right, it should be a quicker transition with the talent this time around.

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Agreed. I'm more than a bit sad to see that Theo wave of guys go, but we'll always have 2015-2018 to remember - especially 2016. However, that window was pretty much closed, and it's time to move forward.

    There's absolutely no guarantee of course that the next 'wave' that's building is going to bring a WS back to Wrigley. But it'll be interesting to see how they do. I do hope that they hold onto Contreras and Baez, but if they get good returns for them, then it might be time for them as well.

  • In reply to drkazmd65:

    Don't forget Alfonso Rivas, a first baseman who was a forth round pick from Oakland. A high contact hitter, but not a home run threat,
    who would provide good defense at 1st base.

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    That's one of the Cubs problems this year is that they don't play small ball. Part of that problem is bad managing, lack of team speed, and terrible base-running.
    I like what the Cubs are doing , even if the prospects acquired don't work out ( I think some will work out ) the Cubs are moving in the right direction lowering their payroll to the point where and when they can make trades to help the club.

  • Best of success in the Big Apple, Anthony! Thanks for being such a great Cub and human being, too. You'll be missed. I wore my Rizzo jersey to bed last night. Is that weird?

  • My take on the Mets rumors regarding KB is that they were so heavily lowballing offers for him early that the Cubs FO just said "F&c! that, let's counter with an obscene highball offer to troll those bastards". I don't want the Mets to get KB. Even if they do eventually come back with a reasonable offer, I'd rather he go to any other team with a similar offer. The Mets whining before the trade deadline has even ended says a lot about how they make trades with other teams.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    The Mets got sucker punched on giving Lindor 341 M. The rumor mill is that S.F., L.A. Philly, and Tampa all have inquired about Kris. I would like to see Boston in on Kimbrel. They have got prospects, some MLB ready that would benefit the Cubs .

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Tampa inquired about Kris. They have a loaded farm with a lot of arms. I would like to get(plunder) a few good pitching prospects from them. They might be feeling the heat with what the yankees did yesterday.

  • So when the White Sox win the 7th game of the World Series World Series with Dylan Cease starting, Eloy hitting a home run, and Tepera setting up Kimbrel for the win am I allowed to cheer?

  • In reply to WFNCCubsfan:

    Yes, yes you are.......

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Or cry, depending on the feels............

  • Anthony Rizzo is my favorite Cub of all-tine, even surpassing my boyhood idol Ryno. He should have been a Cub for life, imo. Leaders like AR are hard to find, and worth overpaying for. Not signing him is a punch in the gut for me, and makes me doubt Hoyer as GM. Hearing the Rickets cry poor, which probably led to Hoyer's decision, makes me detest them. I'm not sure I can support an organization led by mealy mouthed Trust Fund babies, who lack moral character. For the time being I'm done with this team, and I'm not sure I'm ever coming back.

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