So Long, Tony: Cubs Trade Campana to the Diamondbacks for Two Young Pitching Prospects

tony campana little buddyTony Campana had trade value after all.

A week after designating the speedy outfielder for assignment to open up room for Scott Hairston, the Cubs managed to trade Campana to the Arizona Diamondbacks (ACQUIRE ALL THE OUTFIELDERS!) for a couple of 17-year-old Venezuelan pitching prospects.

The pitchers are both righties, Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo, whom I will now research extensively. Jed Hoyer called them “projectable arms,” which means the Cubs don’t hate them. Still, we’re talking about teenagers who’ve only played professionally in the Dominican Summer League (below rookie ball), so there isn’t a whole lot of certainty here.

It’s likely a worthwhile return for a guy who simply didn’t have a spot on the Cubs right now. Campana will get a shot to play off the Diamondbacks bench, and I can’t help but wish him well.

By the way: Tony had clear trade value. If the Cubs had resorted to waiving Campana, the Diamondbacks would have had the 7th highest priority for claiming him. That means that, because they gave up actual value to trade for him, they expected (1) another team was going to trade for him, and/or (2) one of the crappy NL teams would have claimed him first if he’d been waived. Seems pretty clear now that the Cubs knew they could trade him when he was DFA’d.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

132 responses to “So Long, Tony: Cubs Trade Campana to the Diamondbacks for Two Young Pitching Prospects”

  1. hansman1982

    Over/Under on comments? I’d say 200

    1. Vulcan

      +250

    2. willis

      Way over. I’m glad they got something for him. Pretty impressive.

    3. JoeyCollins

      Under. Not sure why, probably just wishful thinking.

    4. Miggy80

      Under – the scrappyness has worn it self out

  2. Vulcan

    Good for him. Wish him well.

  3. justinjabs

    He was a fun player, and I am glad that there was some sort of minimal return that wasn’t just losing him on waivers. Good job Cubs.

    1. justinjabs

      And good luck Tony!

    2. Fishin Phil

      This ^

      1. Cyranojoe

        Ditto. To both.

  4. Marcel91

    Cubs did well getting anything at all for Campana. Good job.

    1. Nate

      I know I’m gonna get a ton of crap for this, but Tony Campana was a better base stealer than Michael Bourn. Seriously.

      1. Marcel91

        And that’s about all he could do well.

      2. RickyP024

        If only he could get on base to prove your point.

  5. Stinky Pete

    I am too busy/lazy to do a thorough investigation, but I would bet there are more comments complaining about the pro-Campana arguments than there are pro-Campana comments. Just Sayin’.

    1. hansman1982

      GAAA CAMPANA SUCKS!!! ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE IS A DOPE!!!!!!

      CAMPY-SMASH!

      …smh

    2. DarthHater

      At the moment, there are more comments complaining about the complaining about the pro-Campana arguments. Congratulations.

      1. Stinky Pete

        And there are just as many congratulatory comments complaining about the complaining about the pro-Campana arguments.

        1. DarthHater

          Well, I think that dead horse is now duly beaten. ;-)

  6. Nate

    But… but… but… BABYFACE IS GONE!!! :(

  7. DarthHater

    I’d like to be the first to nominate Lou Brock as the person who should introduce Tony when he is inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Diamondback. :-P

  8. Mike Taylor (no relation)

    Hooray! We pulled off a trade! The name Jesus Castillo sticks out to me for some reason…

    1. Coldneck

      Probably because you talk about him at church every Sunday.

    2. Mike Taylor (no relation)

      Holy Cow, Castillo is 16 and Leal is 17. Both are pitchers who play in the Dominican Summer league.

      Leal’s stats:
      2.44 ERA, 12 GS, 70 IP, 58 H, 11 BB / 70 SO, 278 BF, 0.986 WHIP (1 SHO)

      Castillo’s stats:
      5.40 ERA, 8 GS, 46.2 IP, 57 H, 17 BB / 41 SO, 207 BF, 1.586 WHIP

      1. DarthHater

        Leal’s stats look good, but I think most of those strikeouts came against Josh Vitters. ;-)

  9. Drew7

    Should have seen this one coming. With Campana’s sCRAP+ factor being so high, there’s no way Towers was going to pass up an opportunity to get him.

    Good luck, Tony.

  10. Dan

    I like the campana deal. Campana was one of my favorite cubs players, but he was speed and speed only. He couldnt hit out of a wet paper bag, and his defence was okay basicaly because his incredible speed. I will take two 17 year old pitchers with potential for a outfielder (which the cubs have plenty of depth) who has already reached his potential and that potential is the MLB 25 th man at best. GREAT DEAL

  11. Drew7

    Also farewell to Jay, who I’m certain is now a DBack’s fan :)

  12. DarthHater

    “Jed Hoyer called them “projectable arms,” which means the Cubs don’t hate them.”

    I’m just wondering: if the Cubs did hate these two guys, what would Jed have called them?

    1. hansman1982

      DarthHater

      1. DarthHater

        You’re mean. :-P

  13. Ryan

    Campana isn’t the best fit on this team at least, but it’s hard not to root for the guy. He has a great story and I wish him the best.

  14. TommyK

    I had a scary moment when I just read that Jesus Castillo was 28. It looks like there are two baseball players named Jesus Castillo.

  15. Rob

    Miss him already Brett.

  16. DB Kyle

    Hahaha, awesome. We got something, anything for Campana. Arizona is in a weird state of mind right now.

  17. MJ

    At least the Cubs got something for him. He probably won’t make the D-Backs roster, either.

  18. FawnLeibowitz

    I think that they traded Tony for his own safety.

    If Zambrano had seen that photo and realized that he hadn’t smashed every Gatorade cooler owned by the Cubs, he might return and get that one too…

  19. Mike

    Arizona just brought itself one step further to their next World Series with this move. Good luck, Tony and the DBacks…..you’re both going to have a very good year.

  20. Believe in 2015

    I’m glad the Cubs got something in return for him. Got to keep stocking up the pitching depth

  21. BD

    How many outfielders does one team need?

    1. Spencer

      Over 9000

  22. Jim

    #pendingphysical?

  23. Patrick G

    Leal with 9 k/9 and 1.4 bb/9 look pretty good for a 17 year old even if it is Dominican League.

  24. Patrick G

    Paul Sullivan: Garza could miss start of season. Will have MRI to find extent of his lat strain.

    Nooooooooooo

  25. dan

    With all the arms the cubs are stocking up on one or two might just make it !!!!

  26. MightyBear

    Are you sure one of those two Venezuelans wasn’t named “el Broglio”? Glad to see the Cubs get some prospects for Campana. More depth in the farm especially pitching.

  27. Cubbie Tim

    Can’t believe he went to the Dbags. Still love that slide/dive over the 3rd baseman. F’n awesome. Much love Tony, much love. Brett u gotta post that video. Have a blessed day & a Baba Booey to u all. Hey Now!!!

  28. Cubbies4Life

    In my brain, I knew that Tony wasn’t long for the Cubs. But in my heart, I hate to see him go. He brought some enjoyment to a dismal 2012 season. When he did get on base, it was fun to watch the opposing pitchers fret about him! Good luck to you, Tony C! Be happy – stay scrappy!

  29. joe
    1. Patrick G

      Very nice sound delivery. Hopefully can use his legs more as he gets older but his overall mechanics look good

    2. Robert W

      Looks like he is pitching down by US Cellular. ;)

  30. Freshness21

    Sad to see him go, but that seems like one of the few places it doesn’t hurt to see him land.
    Best of luck, Tony!