The transaction analysis shown below, written by BP’s own Meg Rowley, originally ran as part of a larger piece on the main site. We trust you’ll enjoy its inclusion here.
Chicago Cubs: Acquired RHP Joe Smith from Los Angeles Angels in exchange for RHP Jesus Castillo. [8/1]
The real issue, of course, isn’t that Joe Smith will have to change his name again. It’s that no one watches Angels baseball now, but everyone is going to watch the Cubs come October. Joe will be on the mound in a critical inning, and we’ll see the slightest flinch before a wild pitch. We’ll attribute it to postseason nerves or a momentary misfire of the body, but the chill runs deeper and terrifies more completely than we’ll know.
Is this the pitch? Is this the close up where the broadcast camera lingers a moment too long and suddenly, Vinny will look up at his TV, and recognize me as the accountant who got in too deep and ultimately turned state’s evidence in exchange for a new name and a new future?” Somewhere in the back room of a New Jersey Italian restaurant, Vinny squints up at that TV, before turning to a mustachioed confidant and nodding. “That’s him.” At least Joe will get a ring. And the Cubs will get another bullpen piece for Joe Maddon to play with. Sure Smith’s home run rate is up and his strikeout rate is down, but he gets grounders, and I guess you can’t really have enough bullpen help.
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