Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Leading off, for the Chicago Cubs it's...

"Nobody said I was going to be pretty."

The Cubs aquired center fielder Juan Devon Pierre (yes that is his real name) from the Florida Marlins in enchange for 3 young pithers: Renyel Pinto, Sergio Mitre and Ricky Nolasco. My first reaction is, "that's a lot of pitching to give up," especially considering that Pierre will be eligible for arbitration in one year. But there is no question that in the short term, the trade is a tremendous boost for the Cubs. And while the Cubs gave up 3 quality young arms, they still managed to hang on to Hill, Guzman, and Pawalek, all considered to be better prospects. There is naturally some risk here, but it was a risk that the Cubs felt they had to take. I think so too.
However, what concerns me the most is not that this pitchers will develop into studs like Jon Garland and Dontrelle, but that the cubs have that many less trading chips to use this offseason. We won't really know what the Cubs really gave up for a year or two. In the meantime, they have a very special player. Pierre is one of the best leadoff hitters in the league, and he fills a hole the Cubs desperately needed to fill.
It's not easy to find a player who has more stolen bases than strikeouts, infact, he may be the only one. Pierre is an incredible contact hitter and is ridiculously fast. He gets around 200 hits per year (mostly singles), steals around 60 bases a year, and gets on base about 36 percent of the time. He has a reputation for being one of the hardest working and well conditioned athletes in the league and plays literally every single day. Plus, he is, by all accounts, a fantastic teammate; the kind of player that makes everyone around him better.
He should make a huge impact next year for the Cubbies and change the character of the entire team.
Sure, you can complain that the Cubs gave up too much pitching, but my advice is: get over it. Remember, this is a fire sale they are having down there in South Florida. The Cubs were the one taking advantage of the situation here. If the Marlins could afford to keep Pierre, they would have.
Despite what happened in 2003, I feel sorry for what the Marlins are going through now, and I give their organization credit for blowing up their team in style. They are doing a good job of stockpiling young talent. I heard Hendry say in an interview that he was impressed with how good their scouting was, and that they knew our prospects as well as we did. Good for them...I guess...


Anonymous Renyel Pinto said...

Really? The Marlins wanted me? I don't understand. Are you sure they didn't confuse me with somebody else? Maybe they were thinking of Joel PiƱeiro of Seattle? It's an easy mistake to make.

5:58 PM  

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