Could Darwin Barney and Nate Schierholtz Be On The Move?
I have to admit that I am truly disappointed in the trade of Trevor Gretzky to the Los Angeles Angels for Matt Scioscia. It’s not that it’s a big deal, but folks; it’s a huge deal to me. You see, that name is huge in Canada. Very huge. That name is beside a record 50 goals in 39 games. That’s how big that name is. I am of course, talking about the Great One, Wayne Gretzky. Trevor’s old man.
The thought of wearing a Cubs jersey with Gretzky 99 on the back excited me. It was a connection to my youth and a nod to the future. Wayne Gretzky won four Stanley Cups and I hoped that Trevor would hold up that World Series trophy for the Cubs. Do you realise how many more Cubs fans there would be in Canada? Blue Jays who? Trevor come back, please come back!
There, I’ve said my peace.
There are rumblings in the Cubs camp about a possible trade of Darwin Barney and Nate Schierholtz This would be a very good deal for the Cubs. Don’t get me wrong, I think Barney and Schierholtz are really good players and class acts, but given Barney’s struggles at the plate and Javier Baez’s potential at playing second base, this would be a great move for the team. Nate Schierholtz had a great season last year and his trade value increased tremendously.
Really, I’m salivating at the thought of a Mike Olt, Starlin Castro, Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo infield. Now, the Cubs need some pitching to cement their rotation. On paper, this is the Cubs weakness for the future. They’re a long ways away from rotations in Washington, St.Louis and Detroit. Those are championship calibre teams and dangling Darwin and Nate in front of possible suitors would be the next step for the emerging club.
So forget about dealing Jeff Samardzija. He’s not the problem and neither is Travis Wood. The Cubs tried to get Masahiro Tanaka, tried desperately to put him in the rotation, but those damn Yankees proved just a little more appealing to the Japanese flame thrower.
Think about it. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and the Ricketts have some money to throw around if they were willing to chase Tanaka. They’re just waiting for the right opportunity to land that high profile ace when one comes around. Remember? Forget Committed, patience is the word in the Cubs organization.
Imagine when Jorge Soler, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant get the call. it’s going to be one heck of a lineup. The Cubs are up to something and a deal that would send Darwin Barney and Nate Schierholtz off to another club, I feel is the final piece to something very special.