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Report: Red Sox targeting Cubs pitcher McNutt

Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:29 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 12:34 pm
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McNuttBy Evan Brunell

As the Red Sox and Cubs continue talking about compensation for GM Theo Epstein, one name has filtered out as to whom Boston wants.

The Red Sox are reportedly focusing on starting pitching prospect Trey McNutt, a 22-year-old who is the best pitching prospect in Chicago's system but a clear step down from top prospect Brett Jackson, as CSNChicago.com writes. Jackson, a center fielder, has already been ruled out as potential compensation for Epstein, who is expected to be named Chicago's new GM in the next two days, prior to the World Series starting.

McNutt had blister problems in 2011 and finished with a 4.55 ERA in Double-A Tennessee over 95 innings. He struck out 65 and walked 39 a year after breaking out, splitting 2010 between two Class A levels and Double-A. All told, the righty punched out 132 batters in 116 1/3 minor-league innings last season, walking 37 and checking in with a 2.48 ERA in 25 starts.

Red Sox drama
McNutt was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2009 draft and wasn't highly regarded coming out of community college in Birmingham, Ala. Astros infielder Matt Downs is another active baseball player who came from the same college.

McNutt has a chance to be part of the rotation for the Cubs in 2012, which could scuttle discussions, but that's also the same reason why Boston would want McNutt. The Red Sox are severely lacking in upper-minors pitching depth and McNutt would be a major boost and could even potentially win the No. 5 starter's job out of spring training, although he more likely figures to be a late-season option.

Two prospects in total are expected to be part of the package heading to Boston.

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Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Report: Red Sox targeting Cubs pitcher McNutt

Wow if the negotiations are taking this long because the Cubs are unwilling to give up Trey McNutt, there is something seriously wrong with the organization. Unless maybe that 2<sup>nd</sup> player is someone more promising (which I doubt if it isn’t Jackson).




Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Report: Red Sox targeting Cubs pitcher McNutt

DO IT !!!  And on with this !!



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Report: Red Sox targeting Cubs pitcher McNutt

Seriously? -
McNutt has a chance to be part of the rotation for the Cubs in 2012
McNutt had blister problems in 2011 and finished with a 4.55 ERA in Double-A Tennessee over 95 innings.
I know the Cubs rotation was aweful last year, and their farm system appears to be pitching challenged, but how bad must it be if a 32nd round community college guy with these numbers is considered to be a potential rotation guy in the upcoming season? Uch. Hopefully, there is more hope for the 2012 rotation than this Trey McNutt - Cubs and Epstein have a lot of work ahead of them.



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Report: Red Sox targeting Cubs pitcher McNutt

If Boston's farm system is in that bad of shape, we got the wrong guy.


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