Chicago Baseball Trade Deadline Recap
Neither Chicago baseball team is in playoff contention this year so they have been trading off high-value assets for younger players and prospects. Here’s a quick recap for who our beloved teams traded, and for whom.
- 7/30: Starter Jake Peavy traded to the Boston Red Sox in a three-team trade also involving the Detroit Tigers. The Sox received Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia, Red Sox pitchers J.B. Wendelken, Francelis Montas, and Red Sox infielder Cleuluis Rondon. Peavy, 32, hasn’t been his normal self this season with a 4.28 ERA, but he’s known as an innings eater, hard worker, and good teammate, although because of injury 2012 was his first full season since 2007. Garcia, 22, is a strong defender and great hitter with good speed. He was tearing up AAA this year, batting .374. Wendelken, Montas, and Rondon are all depth pieces who will improve the farm system for sure but may not make the Major Leagues this season. Garcia should be on the Sox at some point by the end of this season.
- 7/30: Reliever Jesse Crain traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for future considerations. Crain, 32, has been the best reliever in baseball this season with a 0.74 ERA, 11.3 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, and zero homers allowed in 36.2 innings. He even made the trip to the All-Star Game, getting a rare non-closer invite from the bullpen. The Sox and Rays will settle on the deal later from a predetermined list of players and possibly cash considerations as well.
- 7/12: Reliever Matt Thornton traded to the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Brandon Jacobs and cash considerations. Thornton, 36, has been one of the most underrated setup men in the game for years. He was the longest-tenured White Sox with the exception of Paul Konerko. Jacobs, 22, is a power and speed threat and had his best season in 2011 with Single-A Greenville, batting .303 with 17 homers and 30 steals. He has already gotten off to a hot start with the Sox’ AA affiliate, the Birmingham Barons.
- 7/26: Outfielder Alfonso Soriano traded to the New York Yankees for starter Corey Black. Soriano, 37, struggled through most of the first three months of the season before getting on one of his classic hot streaks, getting him to 17 homers and 51 RBIs in 93 games. The injury-depleted Yankees were desperate for offense so much so that they gave up Black, 21, a hard-throwing righthander with a good curveball in Single-A ball. The Cubs will pay about $18 million of the $24 million remaining on Soriano’s contract, which expires after 2014.
- 7/22: Starter Matt Garza traded to the Texas Rangers for starters Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards, third baseman Mike Olt, and a player to be named later. Garza’s asking price was extremely high, and the Rangers responded with a Major League starter in Grimm, extremely high-upside starter in Edwards, and former top prospect Olt. We covered this trade extensively in an earlier blog post.
- 7/8: Outfielder Scott Hairston traded to the Washington Nationals for starter Ivan Pineyro. Hairston, 33, struggled through 99 at-bats with the Cubs, mostly being used off the bench or in occasional starts for his power bat. Pineyro, 21, is pitching for the high-A Daytona Cubs where he has a 2.85 ERA and just one walk in his first three starts. He projects as a high-strikeout, low-walk starting pitcher who could move quickly through the minors.
- 7/2: Closer Carlos Marmol traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for reliever Matt Guerrier and international bonus slot money. Marmol, 30, had burned fans with tough blown saves and general wildness. Guerrier, 34, has been a solid middle reliever for nearly a decade with the Twins and Dodgers. He has a 2.38 ERA in his first 13 appearances with the Cubs. The international bonus slot money earned the Cubs the right to spend much more on international talent.
- 7/2: Starter Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger traded to the Baltimore Orioles for starting pitcher Jake Arrieta and reliever Pedro Strop. In the first major move of the MLB trade season, the Cubs snagged two young yet Major League-ready arms. Arrieta, 27, was the Orioles’ Opening Day starter in 2012 but overall struggled to live up to expectations over parts of four seasons with Baltimore with a 5.46 ERA in 358 innings. Strop, 28, also fits the Cubs’ mold of hard-throwing relief pitchers, and he was immediately placed in a Major League bullpen that has struggled this entire season.
Review time. That’s Jake Peavy, Jesse Crain, and Matt Thornton dealt by the White Sox for Avisail Garcia, J.B. Wendelken, Francelis Montas, Cleuluis Rondon, “future considerations”, Brandon Jacobs, and cash considerations.
The Cubs dealt Scott Feldman, Steve Clevenger, Carlos Marmol, Scott Hairston, Matt Garza, and Alfonso Soriano for Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, Matt Guerrier, international bonus slot money, Ivan Pineyro, Justin Grimm, C.J. Edwards, Mike Olt, a player to be named later (likely Neil Ramirez), and Corey Black.
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