There’s another consideration: Lake is out of minor league options after this season. So, if the Cubs had kept him, he would have taken up a spot on the 40-man roster all offseason, and then, if he didn’t make the 25-man big league roster out of Spring Training next year, the Cubs would have to waive him, and risk losing him for nothing.
So, whatever your feelings about the talent swap here on paper, the deal makes a ton of sense.
Pineyro recovered from a forearm injury last year and was actually pitching well at AA this year, but, as I’ve mentioned before: he’s a Rule 5 eligible guy. The Cubs won’t be able to roster them all, so this is what happens
Another sign that Theo is always on the ball. 2 of the 3 minor leaguers he gave up today were guys the Cubs would have lost for nothing anyway inside 9-12 months.
So even if someone isn't blown away by getting Haren and Hunter, Theo literally gave up NOTHING for them, or, 2 guys that would have been lost anyways inside a calendar year.
Bottom line, people tried to pry away some of his minor league system, but he wouldn't deal unless we were getting a great deal out of it. So he stood his ground, and we wait for 2016.
If we can stay in the hunt til the end of the year, that's great progress from last year when we were trying to tank to make sure we kept our top 10 draft pick.
Last year was a step forward
This year has been a step forward
Next year will be another step forward.
Everything is coming into focus.