hisanori takahashiAre you a veteran with the Chicago Cubs on a minor league, currently toiling away at AAA Iowa?

If so, don’t plant too many roots, because you’ll soon be shipped out of town. So it is today with lefty reliever Hisanori Takahashi, who, like Brent Lillibridge and Alberto Gonzalez before him, briefly made some time with the Cubs before heading down to Iowa. And, like Lillibridge and Gonzalez, Takahashi has been dealt for a player to be named later, according to Troy Renck.

Takahashi was one of the Cubs’ more promising non-roster invites to Spring Training, but he was caught up in some early ineffectiveness coupled with a roster crunch. He had been pitching ridiculously well at Iowa, posting a WHIP well under one and an ERA well under two.┬áHe heads off to a competitor in Colorado, where he’ll likely serve as minor league depth on a team more likely to need him than the Cubs. Indeed, he could eventually move into their bullpen and contribute meaningfully in the second half.

As with Gonzalez and Lillibridge, I don’t expect the return here to be particularly noteworthy.

With more and more space clearing out at AAA, we’re likely to see some promotions from AA to AAA at some point in the coming weeks.

MINOR UPDATE: The Cubs have now announced the deal, and it comes with the “or cash” appended to the end. That confirms that the return is going to be fairly unremarkable, which you already knew.)

  • JoeyCollins

    Can teams trade for international spending pool space now, or do they have to wait until july 2 to make those trades. It’d be nice if some of this AAA house cleaning can net the Cubs a little more spending power on the international side. Not sure how much the other teams value that pool though, and what type a player it would take to give up one of their slot allotments.

  • Ben (BG2383)

    Are Takahashi or Lillebridge decent enough to snag a block of Intl. spending?

    • ChicagoMike702

      I’d be very surprised.

      • Josho

        Theoretically, it actually makes a little sense, at least with the Rockies. As far as I know, the Rockies never seem to be very active in the Intl market. So from their perspective, it may make sense to give up some of their pool, that they weren’t going to spend anyway, and acquire a piece that has a chance to be useful for them down the stretch in a very tight division.

  • cubsfan123456789

    I’m sure International spending pool money is much more valuable then Takahashi or Lillebridge. Maybe they could fetch us $20 bucks a pop of a team International signing pool. All kidding aside I believe we wont get much

  • JeffR

    I’m curious what it will take to get a significant amount of additional international spending money as well. I’m wondering if it something that all teams value differently.

    • JoeyCollins

      Im sure each team has a very different opinion on the value of international pool money. If you didn’t do a lot of heavy international scouting, or there isn’t anyone you have to get, I can see teams completely down to trade some slots.

  • Die hard

    Making room for Castro at AAA?

    • Carew


    • notcubbiewubbie

      hopefully making room for you on the southside.

    • Geo

      Lol, he needs it . How else will he learn that his mental lapses are unacceptable? They have to make examples, this ain’t right & if it continues sianara!

      • caryatid62

        That’s utterly ridiculous.

      • Josh

        You okay in the head?

    • scorecardpaul

      don’t you ever get tired of yourself?

      • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

        Don’t mind Diehard. He is just looking for some of that belly fire that only other men can provide. Unfortunately, he hasn’t found what he is looking for.

  • Chad

    Anybody know why Almora was taken out of the game in the 7th inning of last night’s Kane County game?

    • demz

      lack of hustle.

  • cms0101

    At a glance, it would appear international pool slots would be too valuable to include in a trade like this or the Lillibridge trade the other day. However, the Yankee’s last slot is for $139,600 and the Rockies is for $206,400. I agree, it’s not likely either of these trades leads to bonus pool money. But if the Rockies weren’t planning on using all of their allotted amount, just giving the Cubs their left over slot, but no actual money, might be a realistic expectation. I don’t think the Yankees are looking to move their pool money, but it’s at least slightly possible the Rockies would consider it.

    • JoeyCollins

      I saw that 139K slot for the yankees and was curious if they would give that up for lillibridge and gonzalez. I still think it’s not enough but that is one of the smallest slot amounts and two players they owe the Cubs either a PTBNL or cash.

      • cms0101

        I was thinking the same thing, but I realize the Yankees always go hard into international free agency.

  • http://www.survivingthalia.com Mike Taylor (no relation)

    I wish we could trade for lefty, corner outfielder Corey Dickerson; he just made his MLB debut tonight and went 2-4 with an RBI.

  • koyiehillsucks2

    between this and the lillibridge trade the cubs will make around $200 and I still feel they got the best out of those deals…