Quite a Trade Anniversary, the Rizzo Trade Tree for the Padres, and Other Bullets

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Quite a Trade Anniversary, the Rizzo Trade Tree for the Padres, and Other Bullets

Chicago Cubs

To the non-Bears, or even the non-football, fans among you, today I dub you mandatory Bears fans. The Chicago football club is appearing in the playoffs for the first time in eight years, which is one year LONGER than the Cubs’ mini-drought between the 2008 and 2015 postseason appearances. Using that for context, you can appreciate the hype.

Meanwhile …

  • Pretty important anniversary, eh:

  • Although it wasn’t the first trade made by the new Theo-Jed-Jason front office (that was the trade that sent D.J. LeMahieu and Tyler Colvin to the Rockies for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers (whoops)), getting Rizzo will always be remembered as one of the most important trades in the history of the Cubs organization.
  • Of the trade that primarily swapped Rizzo for righty Andrew Cashner, then-Padres GM Josh Byrnes said, “Having both [Yonder] Alonso and Rizzo in spring training would have been a little like having a quarterback controversy. We didn’t want that and we felt that Alonso might fare a little better at Petco Park.” Well, we can’t know what Rizzo would have gone on to do with the Padres, but we certainly know what he’s done with the Cubs. As for Alonso, whom the Padres had specifically gone out and acquired earlier that offseason, he posted a modest .271/.339/.386 (104 wRC+) line over four injury-filled years with the Padres. He was traded to the A’s in a deal that netted Drew Pomeranz, who pitched well there, and was traded to the Red Sox for Anderson Espinoza, who is still considered a good, but not elite, prospect. So … Rizzo for Espinoza anybody?
  • Bonus, here’s Rizzo high fiving his first base coach:
(Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
  • That 2011 season was Will Venable’s worst at the plate until his final year with the club a few years later (.246/.310/.395, 99 wRC+), but he can still say he smoked his teammate Anthony Rizzo (.141/.281/.242, 59 wRC+).
  • Bonus Rizzo because I happened to see it and it’s insane:

  • Javy Baez hanging out in Puerto Rico with Trevor Bauer is a thing that happened:


  • The Pirates are now 8% more gritty:

  • Two of my favorite pitcher highlights to watch, because how:



  • Let’s go. (And apologies for Hawk, but it actually is kinda funny …. )

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.