|Tony Campana, purveyor of grit. (Getty Images)|
The Diamondbacks this offseason have famously placed a premium on grit and the promise of dirty uniforms. Adhering to said strategy already has cost them Justin Upton and Trevor Bauer, and now it's prompted GM Kevin Towers to trade -- as in actually part with things of value -- for Cubs outfielder Tony Campana.
Campana is 5-foot-8 and quick of foot, and therein lies his appeal. The reality, however, is that the 26-year-old Campana has a career slash line of .262/.306/.300 in parts of two major-league seasons. He can play all three outfield positions fairly well and is a plus base-runner, but the on-base skills are pitifully lacking for a player of his profile (i.e., a player without even the sketchy rumor of adequate power). Campana can have his uses if carefully deployed on just the right roster, but the current organizational psychology is such that he's ripe to be overused by the big-box retailer of grit that is the 2012 D-Backs.
As for the return package, the Cubs will receive two 17-year-old right-handers -- Erik Leal and Jesus Castillo -- who have shown the ability to miss bats at the bottom-most levels of the D-Backs' system. It's likely they'll never achieve much of consequence at the highest level, but parting with even one lottery ticket in exchange for a player like Campana is hard to justify.
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