So the Padres seem to suggest they don't value the services of Anthony Rizzo after they made Yonder Alonso the center piece of the deal for Mat Latos. With less than 200 ABs, the Padres must not have valued him after Hoyer made him the centerpiece of the Adrian Gonzalez deal. The reports are that Rizzo will go to AAA to fix his swing but if that was really the case they had a first baseman of the present in Jesus Guzman + they have Kyle Blanks to spell him. So it begs the question, what does the brass really think of Rizzo-mania?I think the trade itself suggests what they think; I do not believe that Grandal or Volquez were the real cornerstone of the deal with the Reds, even though both will become useful pieces (at least I hope Volquez will). So Rizzo is likely to go but where?
Tampa Bay - needs a 1B and has needed one for a while. They have one of the deepest systems in baseball but what do they have that would best fit our needs? I'm not sure Wade Davis is what we need, Desmond Jennings might but I'm not sure he's available for trade.
Chicago Cubs - makes the most sense. Send the former Red Sox prospect to be with all the former Red Sox front office people. And they have a player that would fit in right field today and end the garbage about Will Venable; Brett Jackson. Would a one for one work for you knowing that the cubs have a very weak farm system?
Seattle - Also desperate for first basemen since the whole Justin Smoak thing isn't working out for the better. But if the Cubs have a poor farm system, Seattle's is basically barren. The only person I could think of asking for is SS Nick Vincent but there's alot of questions about not only his hitting ability but his defense and ability to remain at SS. I'd pass unless they blow me away.
Random thought; would Baltimore be willing to acquire Rizzo as part of a deal for Adam Jones? Baltimore is in worst shape then we are and though they have Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis, neither fit the 1B bill that Rizzo would. Jones could slide into RF where his great range, speed and obscenely powerful throwing arm would wreak havoc in Petco park. His power and speed would be a great addition to the line up with Maybin and Alonso hitting after them. Could see a lineup of Bartlett-Hudson-Maybin-Jones-Alonso as being very powerful