It all started with a tweet, as things do these days.
Good luck to my boy @TrevorGretzky with the angels. Not going to be the same without u my man, gonna miss you for sure.
— Daniel Vogelbach (@DanielVogelbach) March 20, 2014
There wasn’t really much reason to doubt Dan Vogelbach, since he would know what’s happening with his friend as well as anyone. But, in the age of fast-moving info and fun-loving young folks, you couldn’t quite rule out a misunderstanding or some joking around.
Not so, says Patrick Mooney:
Source confirms @Flowbro3 report: The Cubs have a minor deal in the works that would involve Trevor Gretzky going to the Angels.
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) March 20, 2014
So, we’ll see where this goes.
Trevor Gretzky, 21, was a part of the Cubs’ spending binge in the draft in 2011, and he was always a lot more projection than production. He’s likely been squeezed out at the lower levels of the minors by the Cubs’ influx of positional talent, and this move could simply be about getting him to a place where he’ll have a clearer path to success. In parts of two years in the Cubs’ system, and ranging from Rookie Ball to Low-A, Gretzky hit .288/.335/.332.
I’ll update as more becomes available.
UPDATE: It’s a child-of-well-known-guy trade all around, apparently:
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) March 20, 2014
That is one of the craziest minor league trades you’ll see, and I have to wonder about the familial implications of the Angels sending out the son of their manager. Was this just both organizations doing each other a favor? I don’t want to be too cynical, but maybe the Angels didn’t want to just release the manager’s son from the organization, so they worked out a trade? And, in the process, the Cubs get to do Gretzky a solid by giving him a better shot?
In any case, Scioscia is a 25-year-old catcher/first baseman, who was also a 2011 draft pick (out of college, though). He hasn’t played above High-A, and his offensive numbers are, eh hem, not good. He didn’t play catcher last year, so I’m not even sure if this is a catching depth move. Perhaps, like his father, Scioscia is a future coaching candidate? No, the Cubs didn’t get much in return here, but Gretzky was not considered a great prospect at this point, and the Cubs are stacked on the positional side.
In the end, it’s a minor deal all around. Best of luck to Gretzky in his new organization, and we’ll see what the story is with Scioscia over the coming days/weeks/months.