Tony Campana Designated for Assignment
The 32-year old Hairston signed a two-year contract that will reportedly pay him $6M ($5M guaranteed plus another $1M in potential perfoemance bonuses).
Because he was an Article XX-B MLB FA post-2012, Hairston will have automatic "no trade" rights through June 15th. He can waive this right, but if he does, he can be traded for cash and/or player contracts with a maximum aggregate value of $50,000.
The Cubs 13th round draft pick out of the U. of Cincinnati in 2008, Campana hit 262/306/300 with 54 SB (5 CS) in 184 MLB games over the previous two seasons (2011-12), and is considered to be one of the fastest players in MLB. He will be 27 in May.
A reminder about how the DFA process will work with regard to Tony Campana:
1. The Cubs have ten days to either trade, release, or send Campana outright to the minors. (He cannot be returned to the 40-man roster because he was replaced on the 40 by another player).
2. Outright Assignment Waivers must be secured by the 10th day, so Campana can be placed on waivers no later than next Monday (2/18), and thus the Cubs will have until 2 PM (Eastern) on Monday 2/18 to trade Campana because the "waiver ride" takes two business days (actually it takes 47 hours, including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays during Spring Training and the regular season, not including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays during the off-season). So in this case, the Cubs only have eight days to trade Campana, not ten.
3. The Houston Astros have first priority on Outright Waiver claims at this time. (The previous season's standings are used to determine waiver claim priority during off-season, Spring Training, and up through the first 30 days of the MLB regular season, then the standings as of the morning the players clears waivers are used beginning on the 31st day of the regular season). Whether it is an American League team or National League team making a waiver claim does not matter EXCEPT for Trade Assignment Waivers (required to trade players on the 40-man roster beginning on August 1st up through the conclusion of the MLB regular season), where clubs in the waived player's own league get first priority over clubs in the other league, even if the club in the other league has a worse record than the club in the player's own league.
4. Campana CANNOT elect to be a free-agent if outrighted because he has not accrued at least three years of MLB Servicve Time, he is not a "Super Two" player, and he has not been outrighted previously in his career. He would not be eligible to be an MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agent (6YFA) until post-2014, although he would be eligible for selection in the December 2013 Rule 5 Draft if he is not added back to an MLB 40-man roster in the meantime.
5. If waivers are secured and Campana is outrighted to the minors and then is added back to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster prior to the conclusion of the 2013 MLB regular season, he would burn a minor league option (he presently has two left), even though he was outrighted (not optioned) to the minors. (No minor league option would be spent if he is outrighted to the minors and then is added back to the 40-man roster AFTER the conclusion of the 2013 MLB regular season)
Even though this is the best time of the year to sneak a player through waivers (because most MLB 40-man rosters are full), I think it's fairly likely that Campana will get claimed. I believe the Cubs would have had a much better chance of getting Ian Stewart through waivers (as they did with Blake DeWitt and Manny Corpas about this time last year) than will be the case with Campana.
I believe Campana could have value to a lot of MLB clubs as a "5th outfielder" (pinch-runner & late-inning defensive replacement), so it's possible that the Cubs will be able to trade him to another club before he has to be put on waivers, in exchange for a "second-tier" type prospect who is not on the other club's 40-man roster.
I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.
This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.
btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.
I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.
Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.
Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath of the Chapman trade:
SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete
EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin
There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.
And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .
I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.
I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.
Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).
chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).
The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.
McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.
There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.
to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.
I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?
And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?
We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.
Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place.
Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.
Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout) he was seen as a long-term project.
I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before.