Cubs Land Vizcaino in Shrewd Move

Patience is a quality that can often enable teams to make the smartest trades. The Chicago Cubs know going in that the prize of their deal with the Braves, Arodys Vizcaino, will not be a factor in 2012. But, rather than settling for safer second rate prospects in exchange for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson, they landed a young pitcher with immense upside.

The Cubs hope that they are on organization on the rebound. If that rebound is going to happen, they need to make trades like this. They could have very easily landed a solid, yet uninspiring package of prospects for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson. Instead, the Cubs rolled the dice on a tremendously talented young pitcher that had Tommy John surgery this spring in Arodys Vizcaino.

Along with the the 21-year-old Vizcaino, the Cubs will reportedly receive another righty pitching prospect, Jaye Chapman. The 25-year-old Chapman is more of the type of prospect you'd expect to find in this type of trade. He has solid stuff across the board and has a middle relief upside. His command is going to need to make some progress if he's going to reach that upside, however.

The focus of this deal, though, should really be on Vizcaino's potential impact. It appears likely that we will see him make his return if all goes well sometime next spring, and if his stuff is even close to where it was prior to the injury the Cubs could have a real gem on their hands.

In his 2011 stint in the big leagues, we got a glimpse of the electric stuff Vizcaino possesses. He worked at 94-97 mph with the fastball and mixed in a hard, late breaking curveball. Vizcaino was still very raw before the elbow injury, so it's going to take some patience as he tries to rebound from the procedure.

The good news is that both the Cubs and Vizcaino have time on their side. He's still just 21-years-old and the Cubs, if they do things right, have a bit of a road ahead of them in rebuilding the organization. It may take a few years for this one to pay off, but this was a gamble Chicago had to take.

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