Cubs’ Rebuild Begins As Rizzo, Bryant, Baez, Kimbrel Dealt

Cubs’ Rebuild Begins As Rizzo, Bryant, Baez, Kimbrel Dealt

The Chicago Cubs have been this season’s largest sellers at Friday’s MLB commerce deadline as they’ve unloaded a number of large names and fan favorites.

Down within the standings with little probability of recapturing their 2016 World Sequence magic, the Cubs traded first baseman Anthony Rizzo, third baseman Kris Bryant, shortstop Javier Baez, nearer Craig Kimbrel, outfielder Jake Marisnick and bullpen pitcher Ryan Tepera. 

The Cubs’ strikes come as their largest stars Rizzo, Bryant, and Baez are all in contract years and will probably be free brokers this winter. The Cubs regarded like they have been going to be patrons in mid-to-late June, once they have been in first place within the Nationwide League Central.

However after throwing the franchise’s first a mixed no-hitter in opposition to the defending World Sequence champion Los Angeles Dodgers, what adopted was an 11-game shedding streak that left them 8.5 video games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers.  



The primary domino to fall in was Tepera as he was dealt to the cross-town rival Chicago White Sox for LHP Bailey Horn, who has posted a 2.63 ERA in eight video games of Single-A ball to this point this season. 



The most important title had been Rizzo, who was traded to the New York Yankees along with their acquisition of Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo. In return, the Cubs will obtain OF Kevin Alcantra and RHP Alexander Vizcaino. This season Alcantra has been slashing .360/.448/.520. Vizcaino has posted an ERA of seven.50 in six video games this season within the minors.

Rizzo just lately handed fan-favorite Aramis Ramierez for sixth all-time in house runs with the staff. In his profession with the Cubs Rizzo hit .272/.372/.489 with 242 house runs, 871 RBI’s, and an OPS of .861. He was a three-time All-Star, gained 4 gold gloves, a platinum glove, a silver slugger with the staff. 



The following large bat to go was third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant to the San Francisco Giants. Bryant was named Nationwide League Rookie of the 12 months in 2015 and Nationwide League MVP in 2016. Bryant has confirmed to be one of the vital versatile gamers in baseball as he has performed six completely different positions this season, making him probably the most coveted hitter in the marketplace.

Bryant has been the Cubs greatest participant this season slashing .267/.358/.861 and is second in staff house runs with 18. The Giants look to counter the blockbuster deal the rival Dodgers made final night time buying ace pitcher Max Scherzer and All-Star shortstop Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals. 



Baez was traded to the New York Mets and the deal is about to be finalized pending medicals. Baez, recognized for his velocity and his aggressive swing is a talented shortstop who gained a gold glove in 2020 and has grown to be a fan favourite in Chicago. Baez is hitting .248/.292/.484 and is main the staff in house runs with 22. 

The trio of Rizzo, Bryant, and Baez made up the core of the Cubs lineup since 2015 and have been key contributors within the Cubs 2016 World Sequence championship, giving the North Facet their first World Sequence crown since 1908. The trio will probably be fondly remembered for being one of the best gamers within the best period of Cubs baseball. 



Kimbrel was to the Chicago White Sox for second baseman Nick Madrigal and RHP Codi Heuer. In his profession, Kimbrel has confirmed to be one of many best closers of all time as he ranks ninth on the all-time save record. Kimbrel has been probably the most coveted reliever in the marketplace as he has recorded 23 saves this season with a 0.49 ERA, making his eighth profession all-star look this season. 



Outfielder Jake Marisnick was despatched to the San Diego Padres for Anderson Espinoza, who has posted an ERA of 5.20 in 12 video games within the minors this season. Marisnick has batted .227 with 5 house runs to this point this season.