It would have been logical to brush off news of this weekend’s Cameron Maybin trade as completely irrelevant to the Chicago Cubs. Sure, the Cubs are hoping to deal with the Padres for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, but ostensibly, nothing in the Padres giving up a couple relievers for a young, inexpensive outfielder would affect those hopes.

Turns out, it would.

A source indicates that, prior to acquiring Maybin, the Padres were very interested in a couple young outfielders in the Cubs’ system: namely top prospect Brett Jackson and reigning Cubs minor league player of the year Brandon Guyer. With Maybin in the fold now – together with Ryan Ludwick, Kyle Blanks, Will Venable, Chris Denorfia, Tony Gwynn, Jr., and Ryan Cunningham – the Padres may turn their attention elsewhere.

From my perspective, it seems highly unlikely that the Cubs would have moved Brett Jackson anyway. And with the two excellent young relievers moved out from the Padres, perhaps the Padres will focus on acquiring young pitching (and when it comes to young relievers, the Cubs have talent in spades). You would have to expect the Padres to have interest in guys like Andrew Cashner, Chris Carpenter, Jay Jackson, and (the virtually untradeable) Chris Archer.

  • Bric

    Totally unrelated to the article but I couldn’t wait for Ace to post this so I’ll chime in:
    Micah Hoffpauer just signed with Nipon so he’s off to Japan to fight ham.

    • Ace

      Thanks, Bric. Just got it up. Fortunately in the near future, I hope to have site capabilities for you to post things just like that for everyone to see.

      • BT

        “Thanks, Bric. Just got it up. ”

        Is Bric the only poster that has this effect on you?

        • Ace

          Possibly. I know that you make me softer than Snuggle the Fabric Softener Bear.

        • Bric

          Sorry, I didn’t mean to start a fight about who’s the teacher’s pet. I just wanted to be the first to ring in on the ridculious name that’s soon to be on his jersey. Hamfighters? That’s no fight! Everybody loves ham.