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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: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Cubs, Rays, others call on Rizzo

Hey Blazer,
"...However, you really messed up that ..." punctuation. It's Padres' with the apostrophe at the end. 
You think the Padres can do better than Wade Davis for Rizzo, who's a prospect and whose stock has dropped?  I disagree.  If I were the Padres, I'd take the deal.




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:27 am
 

Cubs, Rays, others call on Rizzo

However, it was only a short callup, and he still has admirers. The Padres could seek a starting pitcher in trade with either team. , 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.


First all welcome Jon Heyman! CBS finally gets someone who knows the game and how to report to join Scott Miller. Hopefully, this ushers out that no nothing blob Danny Knobler. Finally, a real insider. However, you really messed up that Pujols prediction on MLB Network. I mean you thought the Angels weren't in at all. Other than that, I've enjoyed your work there and on SNY. I also liked your work @ Newsday. Welcome and I look forward to real baseball insight and news. IMHO, a great addition by CBS.

Wade Davis does fit the Padre's needs in the fact he's signed fairly long term and at a deecent price, but he's at best a backend pitcher. They can do much better.


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