Re: Anthony Rizzo Signs 7 Year, $41 Million Deal
The Cubs absolutely fleeced the Padres in that trade. Cashner is a pretty good pitching prospect. He can throw hard. But his control isn't great, his secondary pitches aren't great and he already has a history with injuries. Score one for Theo.
However, Theo cancelled that out by making the boneheaded decision of giving Edwin Jackson $13 million per season for four years ($52 mil total). Theo is known for making bad free-agent decisions. Right, Carl Crawford? You hear me, John Lackey? Theo gets all the credit for the Red Sox winning 2 WS titles, but people tend to forget about all the horrible moves he's made.
He won this one though. Rizzo > Cashner and it's not even close. Course, the Padres had a surplus of first basemen and needed pitching once we traded them Alonso. But that still doesn't excuse not getting a good-enough return for Rizzo.