2/18 Cubs deal Campana to D-Backs

The Cubs dealt outfielder Tony Campana to the Diamondbacks on Monday for a pair of 17-year-old Venezuelan pitchers, Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo. Campana, 26, did lead the Cubs in stolen bases last season but struggled to get on base consistently. He was designated for assignment on Feb. 10.

– Carrie Muskat

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I wish Tony best of luck. I thought he’d work out with the Cubs, but I’m glad this great player caught on with another great organization.

I agree and I think “struggled” was a little too harsh a term for his on base “issues”, certainly not enough to give up on. I hope Campana sees some play offs with the Dbacks and would admittedly take some satisfaction if this trade haunts the Cubs. Campana should still be a work in progress WITH THE CUBS. Go Dbacks!

I agree. Tony should still be with the Cubs as a work in progress. What a sad day for us. He has been one of the most fun and scrappy players and I hope he does really well with the Dbacks. He deserves the BEST. Good luck Tony I will still be watching your progress and will not lose sight of you. Run and run like an Arizona bunny.

Yes, he was scrappy. Yes, sometimes — sometimes — he was fun. Unfortunately he wasn’t/isn’t a very good baseball player. Sorry, joeyda, what you saw is what there is, and there ain’t no more. One question, though: Didn’t anyone in the D’backs front office check with Brenly?

He wasn’t a VERY GOOD baseball player you say? Ok, I can’t argue but if that is the criteria for DFA’ng a player than DFA Soriano, DeJesus, the yet to get a Cub AB Schierholtz, Stewart, Valbuena….get it? None of the above are VERY GOOD baseball players, some in fact are bad baseball PLAYERS and have only a few if not ONE dimension to their game. Campana although not a VERY GOOD baseball PLAYER had some unique VERY GOOD attributes that if used properly could help any team, especially the Cubs team which has a roster full of mid-level talent. At least he could claim to be one of the FASTEST young players in the game and who wouldn’t want to work WITH that kind of young player? The Cubs evidently. It seems to me that this was an unnecessary move considering a few candidates on the 40 man roster are dead weight. Our team now has no guaranteed base stealer and few if not no very fast pinch runners for are suspect outfielders.

I think the cubs are stuppedfor trading Campanawho was the fastest man on the teamAnnie had more steals and anybodythat’s all I have to say I might be trading teens

Now seriously, who can argue with THAT?

TONY C WILL BE MISS WE WISH HIM WELL EXCEPT AGAINST THE CUBS MY WIFE OF 5 YEARS IS VERY NEW TO BASEBALL AND DO NOT WATCH IT LIKE US LIFE LONG CUBS FANS SHE WILL WATCH WHEN TONY C PLAY SHE JUST WANT TO SEE TONY RUN I WOULD BE WATCHING THE GAME AND SHE WOULD ALWAYS AS WHERE IS TONY AND SHOUT AT THE TV PUT TONY IN JUST TO SEE HIM RUN SHE IS VERY HURT THAT TONY IS GONE

Take a guy like Campnana who everyone likes. Then add he would have to beat out Schierholtz, Sappelt, Dejesus, Hairston and Soriano for a spot on the 25 man roster. Then realize thats not going to happen.
So you trade him to the D Backs who give you two 17 y/o Dominican Pitchers with very high up upside who can help you long after Campnana is out of baseball and complain about it.
Thats a Cub fan.

Jasper, I agree with Clarence that we who see value in a young FAST player like Campana are making valid points about HIS VALUE and not just emotional points about “missing” lil’ Tony.
Remember, Hariston and Schierholtz were additons to a team that has OBVIOUS inadequate outfielders and Campana would not have to beat out all of them…..Sappelt? Schierholtz? C’mon.

Hey Jasper we true diehard fan donot complain we make passioned comment to express ourself so donot mistake us with fair weather fan please

Who will agree with me that Tony Campana was the fastest Cub since Ced Landrum? I’m going to miss Campana, I think its a mistake that he had much talent and unlocked potential!!

Are you guys NUTS? Why harbor some one who rides the disabled list? I know the Cubs is trying to rebuild and give us a World Series Title. Tony’s speed in the outfield and on bases is what the Cubs need. Here we go again, get rid of a good player and it comes back to bite us just like in the past. Good Luck, Tony. You deserve better.

Yep. And we all know what a disaster it was when the Cubs unloaded the talented and potentially unlocked Ced Landrum. Folks, not every fast guy the Cubs give up on turns out to be Lou Brock. . . . Having said that: Good luck, Tony Campana. You didn’t win many games here, but you won hearts.

So we get rid of Campana because he “couldn’t get on base” But play Dejesus and go out and get Schierholtz. Tony hit .264 with a .308obp. Schierholtz hit .257 with a .321obp and Dejesus was .263 and .350obp. Neither one was much better nor do they have the potential to even come close to 30 stolen bases with 500ab’s (Tony only had 174) But, this is typical Cubs stupidity.

308 obp to 350 obp is a pretty significant jump…… if Tony put up a 350 OBP he would still be a Cub… but he can’t do that right now… he a good AAA player thats it

Not when your only looking at 174 abs compared to over 500.

Why didn’t they send Soriano to the desert since he is open to a trade now and keep Campana?

Roger, the article stated Soriano was open to a trade to 6 or 7 east coast teams. Also, even at Sorianos age, he is much more valuable in a half year than Campana will be in the next 4.
Dejesus and his 350 OBP is much more valuable at the top of the order.
Bottom line was and is: Campana would not have made the Cubs 25 man team this year.

Best of luck Tony!!

Hope you do better and maybe come back with us! LOL

Earlier, I voiced my opinion about Tony’s trade to the D’backs. Needless to say I am still not happy about it. I just want ot add the Cubs have had players that were trade like Reed Johnson, Ferige Jenkins, Greg Maddox, ect. that went to other ball clubs and gave the best years of their careers that could had been spent with the Cubs. When are the Cubs going to learn? Yes, I would dearly love to see a World Series Title in Chicago. The ball players make more money now days but have no sense of loyality the their present ball clubs. Those players that have proven themselves should be kept and just maybe they would win. This is a voice of a Long time -Diehard Cubs Fan since 1965. Please reconsider. Thank you.

o ok they are probably on the phone now trying to renig on the deal… give me a break its done… move on… its tony campana not Fergie or Maddux.

TO petrey10….you proably said the same thing when Fergie or Maddox got traded, you might had carried on, point being The Cubs needs to get the Head out of their duffle bag, end of story.

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