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Dutch Boy–Shaggy Trade

May 29, 2016

Dutch Boy gives: Jackie Bradley Jr., Javier Baez

Shaggy gives: Ben Zobrist, and, presumably, cash considerations

This one is just out there and shows the damage that can be done when Mendoza doesn’t secretly vet Dutch Boy’s trades. Neither Zobrist nor JBJ are going to finish the year hitting .350, but JBJ isn’t 50 years old and one slump away from losing his place.

Who would take Zobrist’s place? Well, ironically, how about Javier Baez? No, it’s not happening right now, but like Zobrist, Baez can play anywhere. Well, not anywhere in the sense that Kris Bryant is at third, Addison Russell is at second, and the outfield’s full. But he’s 12 years younger than Zobrist and the Cubs would be just as happy to see him take Zobrist’s job.

Zobrist hasn’t finished as season with over .310 BABIP since 2009. This year, it’s .369 so far, at age 35. The cliff is coming.

I don’t know. Maybe Dutch Boy’s just given up?


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