The Chicago Cubs continued to make off-season moves Friday, making a trade for first basemen Anthony Rizzo and right-handed pitcher Zach Cates from the San Diego Padres, who acquired right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner and outfield Kyun-Min Na in exchanged. The news was broke by FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal via Twitter.
Here's a brief scouting report on Rizzo via HardBallTalk.com's D.J. Short (Dec. 17):
"Rizzo, who was acquired from the Red Sox in the Adrian Gonzalez trade last December," writes Short, "made his major league debut this past season and batted just .141 with one home run and 46 strikeouts in 128 at-bats. However, it’s way too soon to call the 22-year-old a bust, as many still like him for his patience and power potential. In fact, Baseball America ranked him as the organization’s top prospect earlier this week. Of course, it’s possible new GM Josh Byrnes views him differently than Jed Hoyer did."
Meanwhile, Cates, 22, was the Padres third-round pick (91st overall) in the 2010 MLB Draft.
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