What the Scott Evros trade says from the Cubs about their direction on Deadline

The Cubs indicated that they had been open for business for months. Wilson Contreras and Ian Hap already snapped mental images of Wrigley Field, hugging each other tightly in the dugout last week after their final at home before the trade deadline. David Robertson, Chris Martin and Michael Givens seemed like obvious candidates to be traded from the moment they signed their one-year contracts with the Cubs after Major League Baseball’s 99-day shutdown ended in March. Without the August deal-waiving period, left-handed shooters Drew Smiley and Wade Miley represent inexpensive insurance policies for the extended term, as long as a contingency plan can be put in place with Miley building back up from a strained left shoulder.

With so many possibilities and so many players on standby, awaiting the Tuesday 5 p.m. deadline in St. However, Evros will be no surprise in the visitor’s hall on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, nor will he be an option in the ninth inning for David Ross once the Cubs coach clears his side after Robertson was traded to an opponent in the playoff.

In trading Evros to the Yankees for Hayden Wisinsky on Monday, the Cubs opted for a potential starter rather than a credible mitigator, betting on the aging curve of a 24-year-old potential client and trusting their roster change process, which is not currently attached. to a consistent competitive schedule. With 61 games left this season, there are no really big influential roles available for the 41-60 team.

Effross remains a true success story for Cubs, as he transforms himself from an unlikely into a legitimate late-night dweller by switching to sidearm in 2019 and really capitalizing on it. Right earned promotions to Triple-A Iowa and Chicago last season and was an instant hit, then built that up by improving the slider and using their pitches a little differently this season. It has resulted in a 28.1 percent strike rate, 6.2 percent walk rate and 45.6 percent ball rate, peaking at a 2.66 ERA in 44 runs this year.

Effross has been thrown into a variety of situations, coming in with men at base early in the game, capturing the first save of his career last week, and even making an instant start at short notice. He handled all those moments with confidence, showed gracious demeanor off the field and carried himself with great confidence on the hill. It’s fair to wonder if the Cubs will be missing out on those intangibles when the club turns upside down again.

Most importantly, Evros has an impressive ability to use all four of his pitches, allowing him to attack all quarters in the area. He gets a lot of hits when he throws pitches in the area and a great deal of chasing, which drives the opponent crazy as he keeps them constantly guessing. Even when they do connect, he has an impressive ability to miss barrels—that 3.4 percent barrel rating in the 95th percentile in the game—resulting in some of the best predicted stats in baseball according to Statcast data.

For Cubs fans, the question is: Why would we switch from a local facilitator who was so effective, only had five more seasons of club control left and he wasn’t even eligible to referee for another two years?

There are several reasons behind this: The cubs have shown that they can develop relief pitchers now, which means they have confidence that they can replace Effross through their farm system. Evros is also 28 years old. He played with Kyle Schwarber in Indiana. He was recruited out of college in the 15th round in 2015 and eventually turned into a sidecar that meant he took a longer developmental path than usual. The Cubs have younger arms they hope to put on their to-do list as they try to build a competitive squad for next season.

Of course, the Cubs must be right about all of this. The comeback is significant, as Wisinski is a rookie who has seen his performance slightly since he was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 draft out of Sam Houston State. After years of underperformance in player development—and criticism echoed by the Cubs’ big-picture analysis—the Yankees recently had massive success with bowlers after revamping the division. Wesneski appears to have four middle or higher pitches, with the passer and the two-seam fastball being key offerings.

Cubs assistant coach Daniel Moskos, who spent the 2021 season as a double-A throw coach for the Yankees, previously worked with Wesinski at that level and had a role in this organizational transformation. Moscus’ insights and his relationship certainly had some influence on this decision. It wouldn’t be a complete surprise to see Wesneski reach the major leagues this season as he will need to be added to the 40-player roster this winter in order to protect against draft rule 5.

Amid a downward spiral since their 2016 World Championship win, the Cubs have been trying to catch up with the Yankees and Dodgers and begin rebuilding a similar machine across the Exploration, Player Development, R&D and High Performance divisions. It was noteworthy that the Cubs acquired companion player Zach McKinstry, 27, from the Dodgers at Martin’s trade last weekend in lieu of a lottery ticket from the lows of the minor leagues. Cubs McKinstry has added to their active roster and will give the left-footed hitter an extended opportunity that hasn’t materialized with several All-Stars winners and MVPs working at Dodger Stadium.

“I felt like an animal trapped in there, lounging on the bench,” McKinstry said.

The Cubs have to be creative or else this rebuilding process that is already testing the fans’ patience will last much longer. One free agent Cubs has likely targeted this offseason is already off the plate as Joe Musgrove has agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract extension with the Padres. The Cubs must also root with the Giants to trade Carlos Rodon on deadline, so that the all-star bowler cannot be distinguished by a qualifying offer and offset the selection to enlist when he chooses to terminate his contract. As Contreras said, Monday will feel like a long day off in St. Louis.

“It’s just part of the job,” Smiley said. “I’ve been traded on the deadline before. I’ve been traded (twice), once by the Cubs already. So we’re all as players looking to play between the lines and there’s nothing else we can do about it. But we all know the Cubs are going to do what they think It will make the best team move forward.”

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