In a deal that’s been rumored for months, the Cubs sent a stocky, lefty-hitting galoot with great makeup and clubhouse presence but without a solid position to an AL team in exchange for a power lefty relief pitcher. Though it didn’t have the sex appeal of Kyle Schwarber-for-Andrew Miller, the trade of Dan Vogelbach (and Paul Blackburn) to the Mariners for Mike Montgomery (and Jordan Pries) allowed the Cubs to address a big need without spending big to do it.
It feels like we’ve been talking about Vogelbach’s imminent departure for the last three years or so, a function of his lack of versatility in the field and the presence of a decent first baseman blocking his way in Chicago. Despite raking at every stop along the way of his minor league journey, the guy really only had value to the Cubs as a trade chip. Vogelbach, that is, not Anthony Rizzo. Trouble is, that value was also limited by the very things that kept him from see the Bigs with the organization that drafted him.
Under the circumstances, the Cubs brain trust appears to have pulled off quite the coup. Make no mistake, the Mariners are getting a guy who could …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider