Hello and happy Wednesday.
I don’t usually plan on using this space to talk about baseball teams that aren’t the San Francisco Giants. And I sure as hell don’t usually plan on using this space to talk about the San Diego Padres.
But desperate and ugly times call for desperate and ugly measures.
Just a few days after the Padres agree to trade for 2018 AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell, they’re back at it. The Padres are bringing Yu Darvish back to the NL West, as they traded for the Chicago Cubs ace who finished second in Cy Young voting in 2020.
The deal is done: The Cubs trade Yu Darvish, Victor Caratini and cash to the Padres for Zach Davies plus prospects Reginald Preciado, Yeison Santana, Owen Caissie and Ismael Mena.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) December 30, 2020
Side note: I want to commend Craig Edwards, or whoever at Fangraphs writes headlines, for the masterpiece on this news: Padres Give Up Prospects for Yu Darvish While Cubs Give Up.
Anyway, the NL West just got tougher for the Giants, though we may be at the point where the Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers are so stupidly, hilariously out of the Giants league that it’s best that they give up farm pieces for win-now pieces and lessen their future, when the Giants can actually compete with them. Sure, why not. Trade your top prospects for Mike Trout while we’re at it!
Old, random MCC article for you to read
The 2017 Hall of Fame ballot is a reminder of the magical 2010 Giants season (Nov. 21, 2016 — Grant Brisbee)
- John Shea catches up with Bruce Bochy, who describes his quarantine and lists his All-Bochy team (SF Chronicle)
- Andrew Baggarly on the Padres big offseason, and why it doesn’t impact the Giants plan (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Alex Pavlovic on why the Giants could see leaps from some prospects next year (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Tim Kawakami reveals his Hall of Fame ballot, which includes Barry Bonds (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Katie Woo on Buster Olney’s report that the Giants will likely pass on big name free agents this offseason (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Jay Jaffe reveals his Hall of Fame ballot (Fangraphs)
How many days until Opening Day?
There are 92 days until Opening Day. That’s not that many.
Have a terrific Wednesday, friends.