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The weekend rumor mill was in effect…

  • Justin Upton was the hottest name making the rounds this weekend, as the Diamondbacks hinted at making the 24-year-old outfielder available, whether they’re in contention or not. Upton’s power is considerably down this year, and his attitude has come into question, but 24-year-old superstars on team friendly deals through 2015 don’t come along every day. Interest in Upton, therefore, has been intense, according to Jon Heyman. A deal is unlikely, as the Diamondbacks aren’t going to move Upton short of a perfect deal, but it’s fun to think about. The interest has come, you’ll note, from teams both in and out of contention, which makes sense given his age and contract. Would the Cubs be interested? Eh. Sure, in the sense that literally every team would love to have someone like Upton. But I doubt they’re interested in the sense that it would cost three or four of the Cubs’ very best prospects to land Upton – indeed, I’m not even sure the Cubs have the ammo to land him if they wanted (short of dealing Starlin Castro).
  • The Orioles are “going hard” after Zack Greinke, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, but could have difficulty putting together an appropriate package without Dylan Bundy or Manny Machado, neither of whom they’re willing to trade. The Orioles have reportedly had interested in guys like Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster, also, but they’d have the same trouble landing Garza (whom GMs believe has more trade value than Greinke). As for Dempster, that’s possible, but his price tag has never looked higher. While I stand by my “top ten organizational prospect plus another lower-ranked piece” trade value for Dempster, I would no longer be shocked if the Cubs do better than that. Maybe even considerably better.
  • Speaking of Garza, the Tigers remain interested, says Danny Knobler, but the talks have yet to become serious. As noted previously, the Cubs have had Special Assistant to the GM Dave Littlefield scouting the Tigers’ AA team (home to prospects Nick Castellanos and Bruce Rondon, for example). The Tigers’ side tells Knobler that a deal is unlikely. Jon Morosi also recently reported that the Tigers previously inquired about Darwin Barney, but we heard that a couple weeks ago. The talks did not progress, but it remains an intriguing fit – the Tigers are desperate for just a little production at second base (and it doesn’t hurt that Barney is playing Gold Glove defense). But could the Tigers offer enough for Garza and Barney without including guys like Castellanos and Jacob Turner? I don’t see it.
  • Ken Rosenthal suggests that the Red Sox remain a possible fit for Garza.
  • But the team that might be the most interested in Garza? The Blue Jays, according to Jon Morosi. The Jays prefer to pick up a pitcher with control beyond this year, so Garza and Wandy Rodriguez are high on their list. I’ve said it before: it would be excellent to deal with the Blue Jays, whose system is absolutely stacked with young pitching talent.
  • A tipster passed along a friend-of-a-friend type story, but one that was plausible enough (and, candidly, interesting enough) to share. All appropriate caveats apply. The story goes like this: apparently, the Cubs had the “highest” offer for Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig, who ultimately went to the Dodgers for seven years and $42 million (there were indeed reports that the Dodgers’ offer was not the highest bid, as crazy as that sounds). But, new owner Magic Johnson put on the hard sales pitch to Puig and his handlers, and he decided to opt for Los Angeles – I’m sure you can imagine what such a conversation might sound like. The other interesting tidbit? The tipster says Puig’s incredibly accelerated residency process in Mexico was partly due to some wheels greased to the tune of multiple millions of dollars. Is it true? I have no idea. Is it illegal if it is true? I also have no idea. Does it sound a little icky? Sure. But I’m also not certain I want to know all of the details of how Jorge Soler got his residency in the Dominican Republic, er, uh, Haiti. Setting that part aside, the story is interesting for the Cubs’ allegedly high offer. Of course, we don’t know the years (it could have been 10 years and $45 million – is that really the “higher” offer?), and we don’t know any other particulars of the offer that might have made the Dodgers’ offer the “best,” if not the “highest.” We do know that the Cubs had interest, and we do know that the Cubs have been willing to spend heavily on amateurs for the past year and a half. How would you have felt if the Cubs had landed Puig for, say, seven years and $45 million?
  • hansman1982

    T was interesting to see that puig was a lesser Prospect until the dodgers signed him and suddenly he’s five-tools and worth every penny. While more prospects at any talent level is preferable I’m not too sad we lost out on Puig

  • Karena

    I like Garza. Would hate to see him go to a Red Sox team that has so much turmoil. Thankfully, the Cubs didn’t hire Bobby V to manage.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      I just do not understand what the Sox were thinking there. With the exception of last September, the Sox did just fine with their Animal House clubhouse. It made good press, but it didn’t stop the Sox from making post-season in ’03, ’04, ’05, ’07, ’08 or ’09, and it didn’t even stop a very improbable drive in ’10.

      However, I’m betting (and certainly hoping) that Bobby V. is out after this year and a more Tito-esque manager is in there.

      • ETS

        Why are you hoping for that?
        1) I hate the Saux
        2) If bobby V gets the boot it’s possible he will start broadcasting again. Shudder.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          That fact that you hate the Sox has not bearing on my feelings towards the Sox. I grew up rooting for the Cubs and Sox (my dad was from Wilmette, my mother from Haverhill), and I still do.

          However, the thought of Bobby V. broadcasting again is pretty horrific. In this case, your feelings do bear on mine as we are responding to the same stimulus.

  • Brian

    I hope it wasn’t the Cubs greasing the wheel, then not land him!

  • Edwin

    Landing Puig for that much would be incredibly stupid. He’s just a prospect, and not worth paying that much. If they had that much money to spend, I’d rather they spend it elsewhere on more efficient ways to make the team better.

    • Joey Collins

      Totally agree. I’d almost rather that money go to facilities or continue to upgrade the scouting process. Just seems like a lot of money on such a big question mark.

  • hansman1982

    Also, I really do hope the cubs deal Barney this month…while he provides a good glove, he has all of 4 XBH since June 1. Time to sell high.

    • Drew7

      Agreed. The Tigers seem like too good of a fit for it not to happen. You know 2nd base is an offensive-black hole when Barney would improve the OPS there by .13!

      • DocPeterWimsey

        The Tigers could and might very well move Barney to SS and Peralta to 2nd. That would put the team up both offensively and defensively. (Santiago actually is scoring a negative dWAR according to FanGraphs, which makes his mighty 0.59 OPS look [even] less impressive….) Peralta has been about break-even as a SS, so he probably would do that well at 2nd, but with somewhat fewer balls hit to him.

    • @cubsfantroy

      I really hate to agree with you on this, but I do agree with you. They should at least get something out of him now.

  • Joey Collins

    Landing Puig would have been an interesting twist. I’m not sure how i would have felt about it though. The quick pace of the deal felt odd and it seemed like more of a risk than Soler, but I’m still in “Trust this front office” mode so i guess i would be excited/optimistic to see how it panned out.

  • Drew7

    Im just not sure we’d have enough info to deem it “incredibly stupid” or “brilliant”. I’m gonna give both the guys they signed (Soler, Concepcion) and didn’t sign (Puig) at least a full year in the minors before I even start to make a judgement.

  • CUBS4LIFE

    Would something like this work?

    Dempster, Garza, Barney, Vitters

    for

    Turner, Castellanos,Rondon, Burgos

    • Patrick G

      That’s giving up way to much. I know Castellanos is regarded a great prospect, but I don’t know I think you could get a great package from another team for just Garza or Dempster

      • CUBS4LIFE

        I guess I was more looking for what if we packaged demp and garza together.

        • josh

          we wont package demp and garza together, they have way more value alone than together, i dont think a team would be willing to give up what it took to get both guys.

    • djriz

      Pull Dempster out, then maybe. Splitting them up to different teams probably nets you more players.
      Unless, of course, you feel Castellanos is ELITE, and I mean ELITE!

    • DocPeterWimsey

      The Tigers are not going to trade Castellanos.

      • djriz

        Probably right…

  • Toby

    When did the Cubs hire Dave Littlefield?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I want to say in the offseason…

      • Toby

        Wow, I thought he was still in Pittsburgh.

        • Scotti

          I’m fairly confident that he was a Hendry hire.

    • Spriggs

      He’s been in the organization for several years now. Hendry hired him in 2007 according to my 2010 Media Guide.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        For some reason I thought he left and came back. Could be wrong.

        • Spriggs

          Maybe, but he is in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 media guide. They all state the same thing… that he was hired in December 2007 as assistant to the GM and scouting dept… Then gives his pre 2008 history (mainly with the Pirates).

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            I’m probably thinking of something I read in the offseason where the new regime had opted to keep him on board, so I had “this offseason” in my head.

  • Don

    I think you could get Turner, Castellanos, and Rondon for Garza, Barney, Vitters and Voglebach. Then trade Demp. to the Dodgers for some young pitching. Trade Sori and Baker to Cleveland or TB for some pitching prospects.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Again, the Tigers have said a couple of times that Castellanos is untouchable, and I do not doubt them. The Tigers are built not just to win now, but for a few years down the road. Castellanos is a big part of that plan: they move him to 3rd next year or the year after (moving Miggy to DH or Miggy to 1B and Prince to DH).

      • louis

        I’m not sure they would risk not winning the world series to not get the big piece they need. Nobody is untouchable.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          The Tigers and every other team have a better shot at winning the WS by getting there year after year than they do by trying to fill up the 2012 Egg Basket.

          • louis

            Can’t win the world series if you don’t get to the playoffs unfortunately. They’ll do what they have to do.

            • Drew7

              You’re right…and giving up the projected runs they feel Castanellos will generate in the next 10 years for 1.5 years of Garza wouldn’t do much for their chances of getting to the playoffs each year.

            • DocPeterWimsey

              And you don’t get to the playoffs as easily in 2013, 2014, etc. with Castellanos on another team. Again, this Tigers team is not built for just this year a la the 1997 Marlins. It’s built to compete for a few years, and Castellanos is part of their plan. They would be very foolish to risk so much potential WAR over the next few years for a couple of wins this year.

  • bt

    We can’t spend money on the draft. Teams aren’t letting impact players make it to free agency. Therefore large amounts of cash will burn holes in teams pockets. Money will be spent on mediocrity. Puig isn’t “worth” that much money, just as Concepcion probably isn’t worth what we spent on him. It has to be spent somewhere though.

  • Mick

    My prediction for the order of Cubs I think gets traded and the guys I like in return are:

    1. Ryan Dempster-to the Dodgers for Zach Lee and Ryan O’Sullivan
    2. Matt Garza-to the Yankees for Manny Banuelos, Gary Sanchez, and Adam Warren
    3. Bryan LaHair-to the Pirates for Jeff Locke and Rudy Owens
    4. Alfonso Soriano-to the Rays for a cracked fungo

    The Blue Jays are interesting but if they’re trying to compete next season I don’t see the urgency to buy during this trade deadline. It seems more logical to address their rotation in the off-season.

    As for the Tigers, I just don’t see Garza and/or Barney being the guys that are going to put them over the top on teams like the Rangers, Angels, Yankees, or Rays. From the Tigers GM’s perspective, an elite 3B (Castellanos) prospect, future closer prospect (Rondon), and top of the rotation propect (Turner) seems like a steep price to pay for Garza whose performing somewhere in between Scherzer and Porcello right now.

    The Braves seem reluctant to trade any prospects, the Red Sox don’t seem to fit with their prospects and our needs, Rangers rumored to be landing the big fish in Cole Hammels, and the Orioles reluctant to trade either Bundy or Machado (rightly so).

  • Featherstone

    Brett/Luke: If the GM of every team in baseball said to you “We will give you any 1 prospect (i.e. not Harper/Trout etc..) for Matt Garza straight up” would you do it? for who? and why? I am genuinely curious to know who you guys think the best prospect in baseball is and who would fit best for the Cubs along with the relative value of Garza vs a blue-chip prospect. Thanks for answering my question.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Without researching, I’d be hard pressed to say no to Bundy, straight up, even as risky as that is.

      • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

        Completely agree Brett. I caught Bundy’s outing yesterday and I noticed mostly everything was down and hard. Also threw a power breaking ball. Let go a couple of hits but not a big deal. I definitely saw why he’s rated the #1 prospect.

      • Featherstone

        Wow, I knew he was good, but didn’t know he had that kind of ceiling. Very interesting take, I’m very curious at what other people think as well.

        • djriz

          I’ll go out on a limb here, as highly as Bundy is rated, 19 yr old pitchers scare me.
          If you match team needs and a players ceiling, I’d go for ………….

          Wil Myers….

          Castro, Rizzo and Myers will generate a bunch runs, for a very long time.

    • Spriggs

      Profar from the Rangers would do it for me. I forgot he was a switch hitter too.

    • Richard Nose

      Can we do this? Garza and entire Iowa Cubs roster for Mike Trout?

      • hansman1982

        I would do Garza, Dempster, Soriano (all 3 with their remaining salaries), Jackson, Vitters, Soler, Maples and Barney for Trout.

    • Noah

      There are a bunch of prospects I’d trade Garza straight up for: Bundy, Cole, Profar, Machado, Walker, Hultzen, Myers, and I’m sure a few others as well. But it would both have to be someone very high ceiling who is fairly close to the Majors (I could be wrong, but I think everyone I listed but Bundy is in AA or above right now, and Bundy will be in AA by Opening Day 2013 at the VERY latest).

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Am I the only one who is consistently laughing when reading anything about the Orioles? Yeah we want Grienke, and Garza, and Hamels… Buuut you can’t have one of our top two prospects…. “Hello?… You still their?.. All 3 of em have hung up on me now!!” Really they hung up? Wow what a surprise, cause we really got a ton of talent past Machado and Bundy. The Orioles have been out of contention for sooo long they forgot when you make a deal for a top of the rotation starter you have to give up top prospects. If the Orioles really are 100% on saying those 2 are untouchable then they have no business even calling the Brewers, Philles, or the Cubs. Same with every contending team. We want your best pitcher but this guy and that are untouchable… If your a GM and you say that get ready to be hung up on.

    • Noah

      I wouldn’t trade Machado or Bundy for Matt Garza, a very good but not great pitcher, or for a third of a season of Hamels or Greinke when they can’t get any compensation back and can’t hope to afford to be able to re-sign them. Machado and Bundy are both better than any prospect the Cubs have. Why trade away either of two extraordinarily talented prospects on an extremely long shot at making the playoffs out of the toughest division in baseball?

  • Mike S

    Looking at next year’s draft class, here’s a list of the Top 50 2013 High School prospects. It is headlined by RHP Clinton Hollon. Read an article about #4 Prospect C Jeremy Martinez, who is already drawing comparisons to Yadier Molina. Could be a fit for the Cubs who should have a Top 4 pick next year.

    http://www.maxpreps.com/news/Amvt0VXioEOFxFBjBxs-Uw/maxpreps-top-50-class-of-2013-high-school-baseball-players,-presented-by-new-balance.htm

    • Richard Nose

      Good stuff. I’ve read Austin Meadows comparison to Josh Hamilton (big athletic freak). These comparisons are brutal though. I compare myself to a raw, unpolished Steven Segal.

      • djriz

        That’s funny, because I compare myself to a raw, unpolished Richard Nose.

        • Richard Nose

          That’s unfortunate. My ceiling is extremely ustable. One day my ceiling is Ernest (from Ernest Goes to Camp), the next day it’s Oprah Winfrey.

          • djriz

            That’s where we differ. I can’t get off my ‘floor’.

    • Richard Nose
      • Mike S

        Austin Meadows looks like a stud. His name is even studly. Josh Hamilton II

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Not sure you’d want to be the team that drafted Josh Hamilton II.

          • Mrp

            Maybe if you subtracted all the drugs and alcohol.

          • Richard Nose

            Indeed. Austin Meadows, Rule 5, 2019?

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              DON’T TRADE HIM TO THE REDS!

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Ok im not an expert by any means but does anyone get the feeling a Cubs-Red Sox trade is brewing? I know Theo loooooves Xander Boegarts. He also knows that system better then anyone. Just a thought, but I think Theo wants to trade with his old team because of the familiarity within the organization and farm system.

    • Cedlandrum

      I don’t love there system. Here is the complaint, sound familiar? Not enough elite prospects. 3 of their top 10 were drafted last year. That isn’t a great sign for them. Beyond Boegarts who is a great prospect, I don’t love who they have. Barnes maybe, but not sure they have what it takes.

      I guess for someone lesser then Garza. I guess I could make the argument that Matt Barnes and a lesser player for Dempster.

  • Jason “Thundermug”

    RT @jimcallisBA #Cubs agree w/1st-rder Albert Almora on $3.9 mil (pick value=$3.25 mil). Florida HS OF w/lots of tools & polish. #mlbdraft

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Wow. They got it done sooner than I expected. There are still whole days before the deadline.

      • Carew

        Obviously its very high, but whats the ceiling? And who are comparisions?

        • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

          Some say Adam Jones. Others say Ryan Braun. I see Braun more then Jones.

          • Cedlandrum

            Those are some incredibly lofty comparisons.

          • Carew

            Holy crap

          • Noah

            I have never heard anyone compare Almora to Ryan Braun. He won’t hit for as much power as Braun, but will be MUCH better defensively.

            I’d say your best aiming incredibly high comp would be Andrew McCutchen, at least at the plate.

    • Jimbo

      The “pop” I just heard, was that the sound of a certain someones mind being blown? smh.

    • Assman22

      Still contingent on Almora passing a physical. I know it’s usually a given he’d pass, but Cubs already had one prospect fail a physical earlier. If all goes well, the official announcement will be made Thursday. $3.9 isn’t bad, now pray they sign Hickman….

      • Carew

        Who failed his physical?

        • Assman22

          Austin Pentecost. 29th rounder with a lot of promise but had a torn labrum, among others supposedly

          • Carew

            Thats really unfortunate

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Great news for the Cubs and their Fans! 2015… Castro in the 2 hole, then Almora, Rizzo and Soler. Throw Baez in the 6 hole and the Cubs got a helluva future line-up. I do think that out of those 5 Almora will be the best all around player.

    • Spriggs

      At this point, I know it’s dreamland, but throw in Szczur or Jackson in the lead-off spot and that looks like it could be really, really exciting. And who know’s who else might be plugged into that lineup after a high draft pick next year and after the trades of Garza, Dempster, etal…

      • Cyranojoe

        That… wow. That really *is* exciting. Presuming they all pan out… damn!

        • Spriggs

          The negiative is that – by then, a bunch more Cubs fans will have died without seeing …. well, you know.

    • JP

      Help me out with this as I am a casual baseball fan getting more invlolved because of the mancrush on TheoJed.

      For the last 10 years, the Cubs have drafted 50 baseball players each year. That is 500 players who could have been good players for the Cubs.

      Excluding a Castro, or a Barney, or a RP or 2, most have been collossal failures:
      –Brooks Kieschnick.
      –Felix Pie
      –Cory Patterson
      –Etc.

      With TheoJed running the show, I am just as excited about our FA and international pickups and draft picks as everyone on this message board.

      But why?

      Why did the last 10 years fo drafts suck so badly?

      And why are we so excited for this year?

      Was there an organizational philosophy for the last 10 years I am unaware of (i.e. we’ll draft crap players and focus on Free Agency pickups), that has been dramatically changed with the arrival of TheoJed?

      Or are we all just completely buying into the fact that Hendry was an awful drafter of talent and TheoJed are 50 to 100 times better?

      • dabynsky

        Well there are a lot of factors involved here. On the one hand, the Cubs certainly did a poor job of drafting during much of the Hendry era (particularly when John Stockstil was the director of scouting). Player development in the minors could also be heavily questioned consider the outdated tools and methods that were employed during the previous regime. You also have to factor in that the Cubs weren’t big spenders on the draft and amateur talent prior to the past couple of seasons. So while the Cubs track record has been bad, I think there is a fair bit of optimism that it will change in the future. You just have to keep in mind that prospects is a numbers game. A lot of these guys will fail, but if you hit just a few homeruns it can completely change the look of the franchise.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Great summary. The money was a huge issue, but the other pieces definitely played a part. There was also probably some bad luck.

          • djriz

            Bad luck is a good way to put it. From 2000 to 2010, the Cubs had 10 1st round picks. 7 picks were players that were ranked right about where they were picked. The fact none of those panned out (Vitters and Jackson still debatable) could be a matter of bad luck. The 3 others, Brownlie, Colvin and Simpson was simply bad drafting. None of those players was projected anywhere near as high as they were picked.

            • Scotti

              Calling Colvin “bad drafting” is just silly. A) most first rounders drafted around where he was selected don’t even get a cup of coffee and B) what players were selected immediately after Colvin (from his draft year) who have played better MLB ball? Colvin was certainly a good pick.

              Brownlie and Simpson were both injured though Brownlie was injured before he was drafted. That entire draft by Stockstill was just a gamble and fewguys panned out.

      • Jack Weiland

        As mentioned by others, you really, really have to realize that the fail rate for prospects is absurdly high. Drafting someone who even plays in the Major Leagues is generally considered a success.

        Prospecting is great fun, especially when your ML product sucks, but you can’t get so focused dreaming on those guys that you forget they’re competing for an extremely select job. There are only 750 ML jobs at any given time … in the world. And if you’re talking about becoming star level players, you’re talking about being among the best 10-20 in your field at your time. It’s really hard to do. Really, really hard. And people don’t always appreciate that. They think a high draft pick should just always pan out and if they didn’t someone must have messed up. Entirely untrue. Sometimes guys just don’t develop like you hoped. If people could tell the future that easily we’d have much fewer problems in the world.

  • Jason “Thundermug”

    Well I guess after the Underwood signing both parties knew how much could be spent on Almora without Cubs surrending a draft pick on being over 5% which helped speed things along

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    almora is taken care of… and the newest piece of this growing cubs farm…wonder where he ranks in the system and in baseball as a prospect now?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      He’s Top 4 in the system and somewhere in the Top 100 league wide.

      • http://bleachernation loyal100more

        wow really? ive heard hes quite polished for a HS guy… does he head to arizona now?

      • Spriggs

        Plus I think I read somewhere that either Callis or some BA writer said he would rank Almora above Baez immediately after he’s officially signed.

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    so soler, underwood, johnson, and almora, in arizona right now?! is this correct luke? wow!!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Soler is there and Johnson are in Mesa but not playing in games. Underwood is either in camp or on his way there. Almora, since he just signed, probably won’t officially arrive until later this week.

      Underwood, Soler, and Almora I expect to appear in a AZL game, probably a few games, before they are reassigned (if they are). Johnson could be sent straight to Boise.

      • http://bleachernation loyal100more

        WOW!!

    • Dustin S

      And Dan Vogelbach too…wouldn’t mind getting to one of those games.

      • Spriggs

        Bring your own water… and roster… and everything else. No concessions. No PA. No nothing. Not even fans.

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    upton is a hell of a player… id imagine only the best prospects in a very good system, the steepest price on this guy. i mean he is young (24) and proven, and quite far from his prime. its gonna be real interesting to see if anyone is able to pony up for this guys asking price… i bet on he stays in arz. for now anyway.

  • Edwin

    Luke (or Brett),

    Do you think there’s a chance the Cubs could pry Tyler Collins away from the Tigers? He walks a decent amount, doesn’t strike out too much, has decent power, and good speed.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      If I answered as though I’d heard of Tyler Collins before your comment, I’d be a phony. On a very quick look, he seems to be a modestly interesting prospect, but not someone you’d single out as a guy you’ve got to have (particularly as an outfielder). Is there some reason you targeted him specifically? On a glance, it seems like the answer to your question – could the Cubs get him? – is an easy yes.

      • Edwin

        I don’t think he’s talented enough to be a centerpice of any deal, but so far he’s shown above average skills across the board in his league.

        Basically, I went to Fangraphs and downloaded a spreadsheet of the leaders for the FSL. I then sorted it out to find out which players were above average at BB%, K%, ISO, and Speed score. Collins was one of three players above average at all of those.

        Maybe he’s just average, and as he moves up the system he’ll get weeded out, but I wonder if there is value to be found in prospects who do a multitude of things well, but no one thing great.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          I think that’s a clever approach to finding value – but probably not the guy at the top of a trade, which I think is what you mean.

        • Jack Weiland

          His ISO is .145 … that’s above average? I buy the rest, with the obvious caveat being age relative to league … at 22 in High-A he’s going to need to show success at higher levels to become a bigger prospect. But as of right now he’d be an interesting add-on to an existing deal.

        • Jack Weiland

          I like your thinking, DLing the stats and what not, I would just make sure you include age, or somehow adjust for age. It’s a HUGE deal.

  • cb

    “How would you have felt if the Cubs had landed Puig for, say, seven years and $45 million?”

    I’d feel pretty damn good right about now!

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