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Cubs, Rays, others call on Rizzo

Posted on: December 18, 2011 8:52 am
Edited on: December 18, 2011 11:43 am
 

The Padres began receiving calls on first base prospect Anthony Rizzo almost immediately after they acquired another young first baseman Yonder Alonso in their widely praised 4-for-1 trade that sent pitcher Mat Latos to the Reds, and the Cubs and Rays are among teams that emerged as being interested in Rizzo.

Rizzo could easily go in in trade, as he was acquired by San Diego by the previous general manager Jed Hoyer and apparently isn’t held in quite the same regard following a rough cameo in San Diego last year. New Padres GM Josh Byrnes, who pulled off the Latos trade, rather candidly said that Alonso is now ahead of Rizzo on San Diego’s depth chart for first base. Hoyer, not coincidentally, is the new GM in Chicago, so it’s no surprise the Cubs are interested. The Rays have been seeking a first baseman, so their involvement isn’t a surprise, either.

Rizzo, only 22, had an up-and-down year with the Padres, looking every bit like the future star they envisioned when they sent superstar  Adrian Gonzalez to Boston while at Triple-A Tucson before struggling mightily in his short stint with the Padres. Rizzo hit .331 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI and 1.056 OPS at Triple-A Tucson, then hit just .141 with one home run and nine RBI in 128 at-bats for the Padres. He had a .523 OPS in San Diego, almost exactly half his mark in Tucson. He also struck out 46 times in 128 at-bats, as his stock fell with some. “He has holes in his swing,’’ one N.L. scout said.

However, it was only a short callup, and he still has admirers. The Padres could seek a starting pitcher in trade with either team. Wade Davis, who is available, could be a possibility if they deal with Tampa. The Cubs could also send prospects to the Padres. The Cubs already owe the Padres a prospect or two for their acquisition of Hoyer, Byrnes’ predecessor in San Diego.

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 1:48 am
 

Cubs, Rays, others call on Rizzo

If I were the Rays, I would not trade Davis for Rizzo.

Good thing you're not in charge of the Rays then because if that's all they need to trade to get Rizzo, consider it done sir.  That being said in my opinion there isn't a chance in hell they would trade Rizzo for Davis and nothing else, that's laughable at best. 

Rizzo is only 22 years old and started this past season in AAA as a 21 year old and he put up MONSTER NUMBERS.  A .330 average with 26 hr's and 101 rbi's is awesome.   Ditto for the .404 OBP and 1.056 OPS.  Tell me all you want that putting up big numbers in AAA doesn't count but you're wrong, it sure does count.  Anytime a kid starts a season at 21 years old in AAA and dominates like he did, it means he's one hell of a talent.  Maybe he wasn't ready for the big leagues this past season as he struggled in a little over 100 at bats but at his age that means nothing.  

Somebody will pay big for this kid... just wait and see.  


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Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:06 pm
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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 8:30 pm
 

Cubs, Rays, others call on Rizzo

The Rays don't want Pena back.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Cubs, Rays, others call on Rizzo

So far the cubs have been linked to just about every single player, manager, and adminstrator this year.  Makes you start to wonder if these "experts" are just making this stuff up.  I hope that they pass on Rizzo and focus on building the team from the farm system...not off of the failed prospects of other teams. 

And, in a sport where ego reigns supreme, I highly highly doubt the Padres would trade Rizzo, they guy they got in the fleecing that sent Gonzales to Boston and put in place by Hoyer and Epstein, to the Cubs for just about anything.   



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Cubs, Rays, others call on Rizzo

The Cubs are interested in every player this off season and really have done nothing.  The are in it to make their fans think they are dong something this year besides rebuilding.  All in efforts to support ticket sales for a bad team.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 4:07 pm
 

Cubs, Rays, others call on Rizzo

Tampa couldnt even get Carlos Pena back for Wade Davis. 
 Yep. Davis makes Mike Pelfrey look good.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Cubs, Rays, others call on Rizzo

If I were the Padres, I'd take the deal.
Then you'd be wrong. Davis is a mediocre pitcher.



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Cubs, Rays, others call on Rizzo

I dont know what the deal is with Rizzo, i am not sure if he can play OF or not. What I do know is you do NOT trade this guy for Wade Davis, keep that garbage. You better be talking Hellickson or Moore or Jennings. San Diego is not stupid, in fact they make great hauls when they trade a player or they let him walk for picks (see Heath Bell). Tampa couldnt even get Carlos Pena back for Wade Davis. 



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Cubs, Rays, others call on Rizzo

If the Padres could get Wade Davis and a Promising prospect from the Rays I would send Rizzo to Tampa in a NY Minute!
The Cubs really dont have much 2 offer the Padres for a Blue Chipper like Rizzo. But they sure could use him! Well the Cubs could use any1 these days.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 2:19 pm
 

Cubs, Rays, others call on Rizzo

If I were the Rays, I would not trade Davis for Rizzo.


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