Of course this one was gonna happen.
Andrew Chafin dealt to Oakland for AAA outfielder Greg Deichmann and low-A righty pitcher Daniel Palencia.
You can read more about them at Trade Rumors, but the general talk is this is a pretty good deal for the future Cubs.
But you and I are so gonna miss Chafin's excellent/reliable arm, crazy-funny outlook on life, and that 'stache.
A genuine baseball character, the kind you really don't see at all any more.
Anyway, 4 days to go now so just be ready.
And I'm gonna say this out loud just because it's in my brain.
At this point in this particular season, the value of Craig Kimbrel may be more to other teams than the value of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo or Javy Baez.
I expect the Cubs to get a legitimate haul for Kimbrel.
But should any of The Core go, well... in addition to being just sad about it, I also expect to be underwhelmed with the return.
Be ready for that so it doesn't slap you too hard.
The Cubs got a pretty great 6-5 W last night vs the Reds.
Kyle Hendricks was not himself, more student that professor, gave up 5 runs on 9 hits in 4.1.
But then Morgan/Brothers/Thompson/Kimbrel shut it down.
Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras hit homers, but the big hit of the night was Javy Baez's.
With Patrick Wisdom, Ian Happ and Nico Hoerner on and 1 out in the bottom of the 9th, Baez pinch hit the first pitch he saw over the Red center fielder's head.
Hit it off historically angry Amir Garrett.
Then Javy did some serious celebrating on the way to first.
Very entertaining and feels great short term, but Garrett... that guy's liable to throw at people.
Hopefully we don't see that tonight.
Cubs vs Reds. Wrigley at 7:05.
It would be really great if Alzolay started stringing together some nice, controlled, less homer-givey-uppy starts for the rest of the season so he can come into next year with momentum.
Okay here's the trade map, sure to get busier this week.