It’s days like today that make me believe that we aren’t the only team making questionable off-season decisions. The Padres just made a doozy: Anthony Rizzo and Zach Cates go to the Cubs for right-hander Andrew Cashner and minor league outfielder Kyung-Min Na. Um, is it just me or did Epstein just complete the greatest “loan” in history, giving the Padres Rizzo as part of the Adrian Gonzalez trade, only to take him back for peanuts.
Epstein selected Rizzo in the sixth round of the 2007 amateur draft as the Red Sox GM, so you know he knew what he had. I know Rizzo had a hard time the few games he played last season, but by all accounts the kids is legit. In AAA he posted a .331/.404/.652 line with 26 homers in 413 plate appearances.
Am I missing something here, or did the Padres just hand over a potential Ferrari for two Hyundai’s?