Angels & Cubs




Angels & Cubs

November 8, 2019


Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Bote 26 Majors 3B 2B Medium 7.0 26.9 14.9 12 9.3 11.7 14
Contreras 27 Majors C Low 3.0 34.8 22.5 12.3 10.3 13 15.8
Quintana 30 Majors SP Low 1.0 19.3 11.5 7.8 5.8 7.8 9.7


Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Adams Minors OF 8.4 6.7 8.4 10.1
Fletcher 25 Majors UTIL Medium 5.0 43.9 22.4 21.5 17.1 21.5 25.9
Smith 31 Majors C High 3.0 -2.0 1.3 -3.3 0 0 0
  1. Robert Wietecki

    I think this trade has a potential of a “win-win” for both teams.

    Contreras – three years of control who has been made expendable by the play of Caratini and the Angels need a catcher as well as batters overall with some pop in the bat besides Trout
    Quintana – Angels need starting pitching bad and Quintana is a reliable, every five-day, guy on reasonable terms that can serve as a stopgap in 2020
    Bote – replacement for Fletcher who is similarly multi-dimensional, has more pop in the bat, and is on a team-friendly long-term deal

    Fletcher – great OBP, contact rate, and leadoff guy who could fill those needs for the Cubs as well as the gap at 2nd for the Cubs or move to 3rd
    Adams – 3rd ranked Angels prospect likely blocked in the outfield for the foreseeable future by a combination of Trout, Upton, Goodwin, or top prospect Adell – could help backfill the Cubs farm
    Smith – serviceable backup catcher for Caratini and the Cubs

    Cubs could use the savings from moving the above players (~$16M) to sign a top starting free agent to upgrade from Quintana leaving the rotation net-net in a better position. One of the Minnesota pitchers, Ryu, or Wheeler all have predicted AAV’s in that range.

    I’m curious to hear what Angels fans have to say about this trade, as I have a feeling they’ve grown fond of Fletcher and would be hesitant to let him go.

    • John Bitzer

      This one is interesting from both teams’ perspectives. I could see it.

    • Larry Krueger

      I’m not a Cub or Angel fan so I’m looking at this from an unbiased viewpoint. I like your summary and reasons for the trade and I can see a benefit for both teams. I think the trade favors the Angels but if the Cubs value Fletcher and Adams enough, then I can see the trade happening. The Cubs saving of $16m to use for a free agent is just like getting another good prospect and probably evens the trade out. Good job except I was hoping my team could get Fletcher but my team couldn’t compete with what the Angels would get from the Cubs.

      • Robert Wietecki

        Thanks for the feedback! Will be interesting to see what the Brewers do this offseason since they have a lot of needs to fill and don’t necessarily have internal replacements or a propensity to spend.

        • Larry Krueger

          Your welcome. I agree, It will be interesting to see what David Sterns has in mind. As of now he’s dumping salary (Chase Anderson and Eric Thames) so I think he plans to spend some money in Free Agency. If you’re interested, you can check out and look at the fanposts. Some interesting roster possibilities are being submitted by Brewer fans.

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