Cubs Acquire Coello From Red Sox

The Chicago Cubs have traded minor league second baseman Tony Thomas to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for right-handed pitcher Robert Coello.

Coello made his major league debut last September with Boston and had a 4.76 ERA in six relief outings. He had been designated for assignment by the Red Sox last Wednesday. In three minor league seasons he is 13-10 with a 2.91 ERA.

Thomas batted .276 with 11 homers and 73 RBIs for Double-A Tennessee last year after being chosen by the Cubs in the third round of the 2007 amateur draft. In 405 minor league games, he is hitting .269 with 34 homers and 196 RBIs.

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  • Larry Horse's Arse

    Nice pick-up by FUBAR Hendry.
    This trade alone should end the 103 year drought.

  • mike in Davenport

    What’s the problem? The Cubs have a backlog of second base prospects, and have no room for one with “meh” numbers in AA. You can never have too many arms.

  • Larry Horse's Arse

    No problem Mike, it actually makes sense.
    My real problem is that the new owners should have canned FUBAR Hendry on day-1.

  • Jake from da Burbs

    To me, I really dont see how the Cardinals let Pujols walk away. He may not sign today and even though there maybe a public dissolution of contract talks, I think the talks between agent and management will continue behind the scenes. They may even take a few weeks off but I would highly doubt that they would cut off talks completely for the entire year. For Pujols, he just doesn’t want to know, be involved or doesn’t want to be bothered or distracted this year by the media.

    For the Cubs, I really dont see how they can drop 30M for Pujols unless Ricketts is going to pay upwards of 150M-175M for the payroll and with Wrigley Field, they just dont have that much revenue to sustain a large payroll. Soriano and Zambrano’s salaries are highly prohibitive and even moving forward, if we were to get Pujols for that money, the rest of the team would need to be shrewdly put together with a good mix of young/veteran and cheap-modestly paid salaries. With Pujols at 30M, you wouldn’t be able to afford any other player at the 20M range.

    Thats why Pujols to Cubs just dont make sense financially and I’m not even talking about the 10 year length of the deal which would cripple the Cubs. And if Pujols is given the Hendry special, he’ll be given a no-trade clause and his backloaded contract would mean that he would make like 50M a year in 2020.

    Realistically, Pujols and Cards will come to an agreement on a long-term deal that includes Pujols have a lifelong deal with the Cardinal organization. I can also see deferred money and a contract that reads something to the effect of a 10 year deal that guarantees 5 years and based on health and games played would trigger 3 more years and then trigger 2 more years to give him his 10 year deal.

    • Jake from da Burbs

      Oopss… posted this in the wrong area…

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