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A Cubs trade thought exercise: Pedro Strop

Would you trade one of the Cubs’ more reliable relievers to help bolster the farm system?

A few weeks back, I started an article about fear. It started well, but never was completed. Baseball fans tend to fear the unknown. In baseball, the unknown can be frightening, but the familiar is okay. Pedro Strop is the centerpiece of my fake trade rumor.

Strop is the Cubs‘ all-time post-season pitching appearance leader with 19. He’s been largely solid in his appearances as a Cub, both in the regular season and in October. My primary gripe with him was when he wrecked his car in the Dominican Republic shortly after Oscar Taveras had done the same. Despite his value to the Cubs through the years, his success gets disregarded by some. In part, because he wears his hat crooked. No, this trade idea won’t be popular.

The starting point for this exercise is that relievers are notoriously streaky and fluky. A reliever is of value, until he hits a cold spell. My best 2018 case for that has been Wilmer Font. He went from “going to replace Kenley Jansen as the Dodgers closer” to “DFA’d twice” in a month …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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