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Cubs Trade Yu Darvish To Padres

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  • Cubs Trade Yu Darvish To Padres

    The San Diego Padres made their second trade for a star pitcher in as many days, acquiring righty Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini from the Chicago Cubs.

    In return, the Cubs acquired right-hander Zach Davies and four young prospects: outfielders Owen Caissie (18) and Ismael Mena (18) and shortstops Reggie Preciado (17) and Yeison Santana (20).

    Darvish, 34, is in the middle of six-year, $126 million contract he signed with the Cubs before the 2018 season. After an elbow injury sidelined him that year, he began to come into his own in 2019, leading to a stellar 2020 campaign. He compiled a 2.01 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP in 76 innings, finishing second in National League Cy Young Award voting to Trevor Bauer.

    Caratini, 27, was Darvish’s personal catcher in Chicago. He debuted with the Cubs in 2017 and has since offered passable offense relative to his position, having batted .250/.327/.372 in 677 plate appearances.

    Davies was somewhat quietly a top-tier starter in 2020, his only year as a Padre, as he recorded 69 1/3 frames of 2.73 ERA/3.88 FIP ball with 8.18 K/9 and 2.47 BB/9. He should look good alongside. He’ll earn a projected $6.3MM to $10.6MM via arbitration next season.

    Preciado, 17, might have the highest ceiling of the group after signing out of Panama in 2019. He is a toolsy, switch-hitting athlete who international scouts believe was one of the best players in his signing class.

    Caissie, another under-the-radar prospect, was a darling of computer models in the 2020 draft because of his age, exit velocities, and relative inexperience. Caissie is a 6-foot-4 outfielder with excellent speed and athleticism.

    The potential with Santana was clear in 2019, when he slashed .346/.429/.494 at 18 in the rookie-level Arizona League.

    Mena, 18, signed with the Padres out of the Dominican Republic during the 2019-20 international signing period. Baseball America lauded Mena’s speed, range and potential 15- to 20-home run power earlier this year.