Chicago Cubs: The Jake Marisnick trade got lost in all the chaos on Friday
While the MLB world was fixated on the massive Kris Bryant trade, the Cubs made another deal that sent Jake Marisnick to San Diego. While Marisnick is certainly a solid player, certainly no one could’ve seen him netting the kind of return they got.
In return for Marisnick, the Cubs got right-hander Anderson Espinoza, the Padres number eight prospect according to Fangraphs. At 23 years old, Espinoza has an FV of 40+, and with three plus pitches to work with, there’s some serious development the Cubs can do with him. Espinoza has had Tommy John surgery twice in his career, but has rebounded from both, and is still a strikeout machine.
Marisnick is a great defender and a decent enough hitter, but this was another great move by Hoyer. Getting any sort of value for Marisnick was a win, but getting a team’s top 10 prospect to add to a suddenly stacked farm of your own is a massive win.