Chicago Cubs: Re-grading the fateful 2021 trade deadline

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Jake Marisnick / Chicago Cubs
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Don’t sleep on what the Cubs got in the Jake Marisnick trade, either

Perhaps the strangest trade of the deadline was the Padres’ decision to part with Anderson Espinoza in exchange for Jake Marisnick. Marisnick is a solid fourth outfielder, but San Diego’s motive behind dealing a pitcher with nasty swing-and-miss stuff in exchange for someone that had just a .472 OPS in 54 plate appearances for them looks even stranger.

As for Espinoza, he’s still flashing the high strikeout numbers in Tennessee. Espinoza currently sits with an 11.5 K/9 and has cut down on his walks lowering his BB/9 to 3.7. He has a high home run rate as of now, but if it drops, Espinoza could be a dangerous weapon for the Cubs in the future.

Whether it be out of the bullpen, or as a starter, Anderson Espinoza has a chance to be a huge bang for the Cubs’ buck.

  • Original Grade: A+
  • New Grade: A+