They traded a lefty reliever who they could replace with a guy already on the team (Russell) for 3 players who could be part of their future.
Aram , it was not going to be worth paying him what he wanted for 3 more years , his defense has gotten pretty bad the last few years. He was one of my favorite Cubs ove the last decade, but it was time for them to move on.
That young new GM just took a Padres farm system from a #29 ranking when he arrived to a top 5 when he left in a 3 year time frame.Yes their major league team currently blows but thats mainly due to them not being able to afford to keep good players and their system is loaded and should start providing a steady flow of talent now. Something they will need if they have to continue to operate on a low budget.
Z was a cancer who was never going to be part of this clubhouse again, maybe you missed what some of the players said about him?
I loved Sean Marshall, didn't want him traded but fully understand why he was traded and I'm not going to use the excuse of money like others have.
Good GM's learn to sell high on certain players, thats not something we're used to seeing from the Cubs.
It will take a while to determine how well this deal ends up being because I think Torreyes is the key.You don't often get 3 players in return for a bullpen arm and show me how many bullpen guys not named Mariano Riviera sustain success for as long as you see Marshall doing it 8-10 years ?
come on man, I'd say 1-3, you never know when bullpen arms are going to go south , they are always very unpredictible.
And they have James Russell and I'm not taking time to post the stats again, but he was very close to matching Marshalls numbers last year out of the pen and he's moved into Marshalls role quite well so far and they have Maine and Belliveau to replace his role.You traded him at a highpoint of his trade value and you have replacements.