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  1. I’m sure glad Ruben Amaro JR went with a proven ‘production’ guy like Delmon Young instead of keeping Nasty Nate for less than $2 million bucks.

    Comment by Nik — June 21, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

  2. I’m sure this have been covered elsewhere, but he seems to be a logical platoon partner with Mayberry in PHI. Did the Phils non-tender him so they could sign Delmon Young? Sounds odd.

    Comment by D — June 21, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

  3. Part 40 in “Dave Cameron loved the Cubs 2012-2013 offseason”

    Comment by This Guy — June 21, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

  4. Seemed like they were looking for two lefties and two rightiesin the corners and already had Dom Brown and Lance Nix.

    Comment by Tim — June 21, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

  5. They signed all the guys I like!

    Comment by Dave Cameron — June 21, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

  6. This Guy must be a Sox fan!

    Comment by Chicago Mark — June 21, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

  7. The problem was that they gave Nix a 2 year contract and instead of cutting him loose they decided to give up a more productive player in Schierholtz. The Delmon Young signing came afterwards.

    Comment by Nik — June 21, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

  8. Finding three good outfielders isn’t easy, and most teams will have an opening on their 2014 roster for a solid average player under team control at a minimal cost.

    Comment by Sandy Alderson — June 21, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

  9. A dagger through the heart of the phillies fans who have to put up with Delmon Young in the line up.

    Comment by DaveP — June 21, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

  10. Dave, no concern for his “breakout” largely only coming at Wrigley this year? His road splits this year look like his career numbers which don’t look like an upgrade for anyone.

    Comment by Pirates Hurdles — June 21, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

  11. This is probably a stupid question, but the Pirates are really lacking in a shortstop with Clint Barmes. Do you think Castro will ever be put on the block or is he a no-no franchise player when the trade deadline rolls around?

    Comment by mch38 — June 21, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

  12. Nori Aoki is equally inexpensive, hasn’t started arbitration yet, and is a quality every day player. What could the Brewers get for him, given his age?

    Comment by Bob M — June 21, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

  13. I love that guy, I hope to see him add some serious value to some team in the chase

    Comment by mch38 — June 21, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

  14. I’m not Dave but I think the cubs have been upset with his work ethic, attitude & such. They have Baez & Alcantara on their way down on the farm. I’m sure if the pirates came calling with some big time prospects the cubs would be willing to at least listen.

    Comment by ElToroStrikesAgain — June 21, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

  15. Its nice to see Nate healthy so far. He’s had a start-stop career with injuries and inconsistent play. He may play like a tweener, but he has power. If the Rockies don’t fade, they would benefit from picking him up. He absolutely mashes there. Yeah yeah, Coors field… but absolute bombs at Coors field. Nate’s arm has given Giants fans a lot of thrills in the past few years. Solid player.

    Comment by Shankbone — June 21, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

  16. Love Schierholtz as a pirates fan, and although he does have wrigley splits, PNC isn’t exactly hell on left-handed batters, that’s only for righties. I think he’d be a clear upgrade on Snider, not sure where he’d fit in the lineup, 2 perhaps? Being that Alvarez & Jones will both be towards the middle vs RHP.

    Comment by ElToroStrikesAgain — June 21, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

  17. You’ll have three openings!

    Comment by BX — June 21, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

  18. With Pagan down and out, the Giants should trade for Nate LOL

    Comment by Kumar — June 21, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

  19. He’d be a good pickup for Cleveland to platoon with Drew Stubbs.

    Comment by isavage30 — June 21, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

  20. His career numbers would be a huge upgrade at either corner for the Yankees…

    Comment by Preston — June 21, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

  21. Hey Yankees’ front office,

    Are you reading this?

    Comment by mercy — June 21, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

  22. Sure other teams should want him, but the Cubs don’t have great options at OF if they trade him, and their young outfielders are in a constant state of fail. While I do want the Cubs to trade him (and Garza, Feldman and Kevin Gregg as well), everybody who writes these blurbs neglects to say what the Cubs should accept in return. If all they can get is a marginal asset for Schierholtz, et al, the Cubs should keep them vs trading them for nothing to a division rival.

    Comment by JamesDaBear — June 21, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

  23. Loved this guy as a Giant. Glad to see him doing so well

    Comment by pbjsandwich — June 21, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

  24. That goes against most reports out of Chicago. Word is that he IS a very hard worker, the biggest complaint is that he occasionally loses focus out in the field, but that’s a long way away from having a poor attitude. I’d be absolutely shocked if the Cubs parted with Castro, but I suppose if someone will really overpay, they’d listen on anybody.

    Comment by Poppinthekap — June 21, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

  25. Yeah that Baker signing was genius

    Comment by Hank — June 21, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

  26. Are you really suggesting that every article about a potential trade target contain a caveat statement about how they shouldn’t make a bad trade just to get rid of him?

    Comment by Oh, Beepy — June 22, 2013 @ 9:06 am

  27. Excuse Me?

    Comment by Eric Young Jr. — June 22, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  28. My early scouting report on Nate when he came up was “a 5-tool 4th OF”. So many uses for that guy.

    Comment by Cuban X Senators — June 22, 2013 @ 11:57 am

  29. To be fair, Marlon Byrd has been just about as good as Nate.

    Comment by vivalajeter — June 22, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

  30. EY’s name is written into the 2014 outfield in very light pencil, at best. There are a hundred MLB outfielders better than him.

    If I had to guess, I’d say two out of the three 2014 opening day outfielders for the Mets aren’t with the organization (Duda might still be the LF). With the pitching almost ready for playoff contention, they may actually go for it and sign some quality hitters.

    Comment by Jay29 — June 22, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

  31. Package him with Garza and send them to the Rangers for Olt and Perez. Rangers are always interested in Garza and may need an outfielder when Cruz gets his suspension. Cruz is a FA after this year too so the Rangers could use him in th OF next year too.

    Comment by Gcheezpuff — June 22, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

  32. That is not at all what I said… but these articles are pointless if it doesn’t identify at least what a breakeven deal would be for both sides. The title says “Z player is worth going after.” Well, that’s not true if you’re only going after the player if you can get him for nothing. As much as he might be worth going after, he’s worth it for the Cubs to keep too.

    Comment by JamesDaBear — June 22, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

  33. I think what he’s suggesting is that it’s not worthwhile to suggest trades in a vacuum, every trade requires a countertrade. We could easily say, yeah, the Cubs should trade Carlos marmol, or they should trade for Giancarlo Stanton – but for the thought to be complete you have to suggest what compensation would make the trade both feasible and worthwhile.

    Comment by Skmd — June 22, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

  34. The Olt ship may have sailed – we already have one of those, his name is josh vitters

    Comment by Skmd — June 22, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

  35. The Rangers already have two left-handed starters in the outfield with Murphy and Martin, so they would probably rather look for a righty should Cruz get suspended. Also, with the health concerns Texas may not be willing to part with two key prospects when they have Lewis and Harrison coming back eventually.

    Comment by map — June 22, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

  36. The real dagger would be for Rube to pick him up at the deadline.

    Comment by Brian — June 22, 2013 @ 11:20 pm

  37. A list of all the MLB assets approximately equal to Nate Schierholtz would be a fascinating read!

    Comment by Paul Wilson — June 23, 2013 @ 3:49 am

  38. I was disappointed when the Giants sold low on him, I always thought he was a solid player. And his defense was a perfect fit for AT&Ts large right field.

    Comment by BillWallace — June 23, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

  39. The process was good. There was upside with Baker. The process was good. It’s important, if difficult, to wrap one’s head around not solely judging a decision based on the outcome.

    Comment by rogue_actuary — June 23, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

  40. It’s also as important when the result is bad not just to default to good process because the front office is highly regarded.

    A lot of times good process means the result may be bad, but clearly I could not have mis-analyzed something so I’ll just chalk it up to “good process/bad result” and claim people are using confirmation bias of the result. Or in this case since the front office was highly regarded it must have been a good move that just didn’t work out.

    A 1 year deal at 5.5mil to a pitcher coming off TJ surgery who wasn’t likely to be ready for opening day was a roll of the dice. You also have to factor in that starters coming off of TJ surgery are not operating at 100% and it may take 3 months, sometimes as much as a year to really get back to pre-surgery in terms of command. So perhaps you can explain the upside of the potential of ~5 months of a pitcher, who will probably be at a suboptimal level for at least half that time if not all of it.

    And how that could be viewed as one of the 10 best offseason moves (according to Dave)? If Sabean or Amaro, Jr makes this move is it viewed through the same prism?

    Comment by Hank — June 24, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

  41. I feel that any discussion about Schierholtz should include park factors. AT&T is brutal on LH power. Nice to see him doing well!

    Comment by Jason — June 25, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

  42. My favorite was the Tango signing.

    Comment by Newcomer — June 26, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

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