Chicago Cubs: The team is trying, regardless of what some fans think

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Chicago Cubs: Edwards traded to San Diego

I’ll admit, even I was a little sad that Carl Edwards Jr. was traded. But I feel it was a move that was long overdue. Mostly, so Joe Maddon wouldn’t try to stick him in high-leverage spots right after he was called-up. Edwards was a pitcher that could handle the spotlight once, but he hasn’t in several seasons.

Last season, on the surface, his numbers appeared to be pretty good. He posted a 2.60 ERA in 52 innings–but that didn’t tell the whole story. Eight of his 21 inherited runners scored for a 38% inherited score percentage. That was up from the previous year when he allowed just nine of 36 to score (25%). This season he allowed eight of his 12 runners to score, a whopping 67%.

The ‘string bean slinger’ has moved on, and maybe he’ll find success in San Diego like Tommy La Stella found in Los Angeles for the Angels. Change can be good, and it was definitely time for it. The Cubs in return received Brad Wieck, a large human. Seriously, though.  He’s 6-foot-5, 255 pounds. He’s in just his second year, and the Cubs have control of Wieck through 2024. Edwards wasn’t working out, so maybe Wieck will.