I almost wanted to leave that Padres recap up as a reminder that we ever thought this Cubs team might be good (dying laughing). With Anthony Rizzo being the first of the big ticket guys to be traded, I guess we should put up a new post.
The worst part of the Cubs window finally slamming shut is that I’m going to have to pretend to care about the minor leagues again (dying laughing).
So far, the Cubs have traded:
- Joc Pederson to the Barves for 23 yo high A 1B Bryce Ball (12th in Barves system)
- Andrew Chafin to the A’s for AAA OF Greg Deichmann (9th in A’s system) and A-ball P Daniel Palencia (12th in A’s system). Deichmann is a power hitter who is probably MLB ready. Palencia was an international signing from 2020.
- Ryan Tepera to the White Sox for A-ball pitcher Bailey Horn. Horn was a third round pick for the Sox last year. He’s not super high ranked due to command issues but has a solid background.
- Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees for A-ball OF Kevin Alcantara and A-ball SP Alexander Vizcaino, who are 7th and 11th respectively in a pretty good Yankees system. The Cubs are paying the rest of Rizzo’s salary for the year, which likely helped with the return on just a half season. Bonus to Rizzo, he can’t be given a qualifying offer this offseason.
I would be shocked if one of, if not both, of Craig Kimbrel and Kris Bryant aren’t moved by the deadline tomorrow…and I’ll update the post at some point if so.
It’s a bummer to see Rizzo to go, and I still wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up back with the Cubs next year. He’s been the public face of the franchise for some time and does a ton of community work. Here’s hopin’.
The Cubs kept busy right up to the trade deadline, and have now moved pretty much every position player or reliever of note.
- Craig Kimbrel went to the White Sox in exchange for 2B Nick Madrigal and RHP Codi Heuer. Both guys have big league experience, which is a change from some of the other returns. Madrigal is an extreme contact hitter, but is out for the rest of 2021 with a torn harmstring. Heuer looks like he might be a solid reliever, and has many years of team control. He was pretty good as a rookie in 2020.
- Kris Bryant went to the Giants in exchange for two kind of meh guys in OF Alexander Canario and P Caleb Kilian who are in the high-A to AA range. Looks like their ceiling might be league average player / back end starter, which isn’t nothing I guess.
- Javier Baez and Trevor Williams went to the Mets in exchange for the Mets first round pick last year, OF 19 yo Pete Crow-Armstrong. It sounds like he’s a solid defender who could be playing CF in the bigs right now if his bat didn’t have to catch up to his glove.
- Jake Marisnick went to the Padres in exchange for RHP Anderson Espinoza. Not a lot of details out there on the guy, but he has a weird 5 year gap on his B-ref page between A ball in 2016 and high-A ball in 2021.
Right now at best guess, the massively depleted Cubs starting roster probably looks like
- C Willson Contreras
- 1B Patrick Wisdom
- 2B David Bote
- SS Sergio Alcantara
- 3B Matt Duffy
- LF Ian Happ
- CF Rafael Ortega
- RF Jason Heyward
- SP Cyle Hendricks
- SP Zach Davies
- SP Adbert Alzolay
- SP Alec Mills
- SP The Shambling Remains of Jake Arrieta
- CL Rex Brothers?