In a deal involving minor leagues, the Cubs traded OF Trevor Gretzky to the Angels for 1B Matthew Scioscia.
Scioscia, 25, was the Angels 45th round pick in 2011, and after 12 games in the Arizona Rookie League in 2011, hit .234/.271/.303 in 75 games for Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League. He only played 14 games in the field, spending most of his time at DH. Scioscia started 2013 in the California League but was put on the DL in early June with a torn left meniscus. He played in 12 rehab games in Arizona starting in mid-July and finished the year as the DH/1B back in the MWL (.182/.260/.182, 18 games). He hasn't shown much at the plate and has only three career homers.
This trade may have been more about giving each player a new start. Gretzky didn't have much of a chance advancing to the majors in the Cubs organization and Scioscia can get away from an organization where his dad is the manager.
Gretzky missed the 2011 season after recovering from a torn labrum and spent 2012 in the Arizona Rookie League, hitting .304/.372/.330 in 35 games. The 21-year-old split last year between short-season Boise and Kane County, hitting .306/.333/.408 in 14 games at Kane County in the Midwest League.
The Cubs also assigned LHP Tommy Hottovy to minor league camp. Hottovy was signed as a free agent in the off-season and is expected to be on the Iowa roster. There are 44 players left in big league camp.