8/7 Cubs Inbox
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Q: With the possible exception of Arodys Vizcaino – and even he’s a question mark coming off Tommy John surgery — it appears the Trade Deadline came and went without the Cubs acquiring any high-level prospects. I was wondering when was the last time the Cubs traded a veteran for a prospect that ended up making a lasting impact at the Major League level? Do we really have to go back to Ryne Sandberg? — Aaron M., Lexington, KY
A: I asked Cubs historian Ed Hartig for some help, because I had a tough time coming up with names, and we both agreed with you that Sandberg was the last one.
Q: Darwin Barney has been making some great defensive plays this year to go along with the best fielding percentage in the NL. Do you think he could get a Gold Glove? — Ethan T., Pittsburgh.
A: He could. Barney would have to unseat the Reds’ Brandon Phillips, a three-time Gold Glove winner (2008, 2010, 2011).
Q: There was a lot of talk about Dillon Maples after the Cubs paid him big money in the 14th round last year to skip college. Since then, I haven’t heard his name mentioned. Is he pitching somewhere? — Gary J.
A: Maples had an elbow injury, and is pitching for the Cubs’ Rookie League team in Mesa, Ariz. In two starts, he’s given up one earned run on one hit and four walks over 2 1/3 innings.
Q: Is Anthony Rizzo considered a rookie this year? How many at-bats do you need to be a rookie? — Wesley H., Chicago
A: Rizzo is a rookie. A player is considered one unless during the previous season or seasons, he has No. 1, exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or No. 2, accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club during the 25-man limit in effect from Opening Day through Aug. 31. Rizzo came into this season with 128 at-bats and 68 days of service time, but 24 of those days were in September.
Q: With the recent trade of Jeff Baker, the Cubs got two players to be named later. Are those players coming from the Draft in 2013 or from the other team’s farm system? — Ray D., Columbus, OH
A: Usually, the two teams decide parameters before the deal. For example, the Cubs and Tigers might have agreed to players from the Class A level and set a soft deadline as to when the Cubs need to make a decision.
– Carrie Muskat