On Friday afternoon the Padres agreed to a long-rumored deal with Chicago that sent Anthony Rizzo and Zach Cates to the Cubs for Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na.
Rizzo had become somewhat of a surplus for the Padres after the acquisition of Yonder Alonso – a player they prefer as a fit with their club – but many were convinced they’d hold onto him incase the combination of Alonso and Jesus Guzman scuffled. Unfortunately for the Padres every other team realized this surplus, degrading Rizzo’s value past a point many expected.
While he did struggle in 128 at bats in the majors last season, Rizzo is still widely regarded as a Top 50 prospect in the game. Yet, that extended cup of coffee in San Diego did reveal a few facets of Rizzo’s game that were underdeveloped. Continue reading “Padres send Anthony Rizzo to Chicago for Andrew Cashner” »