6 genius decisions by Jed Hoyer - The Ben Brown trade
The Trade Jed Hoyer pulled off last season for Ben Brown in exchange for David Robertson, who was set to become a free agent in a matter of a couple of months, has the potential to go down as one of the ultimate fleecings in recent trade history for any team. Of course, Brown will have to work out at the major league level for this to transpire, but he is well on his way and appears to be in line for a call-up at some point this season.
The 23-year-old currently owns a 2.53 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He started red-hot in Tennessee, striking out 30 over 20 frames with a 0.45 ERA before getting promoted to Iowa. Brown owns an incredible 13.6 K/9, fanning 88 batters in 58.1 total innings pitched on the season. Brown has all the making of a starting pitcher who should have no problem finding himself in the middle of the Cubs' starting rotation soon. When he does, this trade will potentially be the best of the Jed Hoyer era.