Re: How about the Cubs 2012 First Round pick (#6 overall) for the Theo Compensation?
posted at 1/30/2012 12:25 PM EST
I emailed the Red Sox, Cubs and the Office of MLB my suggestion. The Cubs have already responded:
Thank you for contacting the Chicago Cubs. Offering up our 2012 First Round pick for Theo is an idea I haven’t heard yet, and I like that you’re thinking a little out of the box. I can tell you, however, that this scenario is extremely unlikely for a couple reasons.
For one, teams place a ton of value on the First Year Player draft. Any first round pick is looked at as gold among every front office in the game. Now take into account that the Cubs have the sixth overall pick. There is a great chance (especially after bringing in scouting whiz Jason McLeod) that the Cubs could bring in a future superstar with that pick. Just look at some of the guys that were drafted with the 6th overall pick over the last 30 years:
Barry Bonds (1985)
Gary Sheffield (1986)
Derek Jeter (1992)
Zack Greinke (2002)
Ricky Romero (2005)
The Cubs would be devastated to lose the potential to draft at such a high slot. Now that the compensation issue is in Bud Selig’s hands, the final decision will come down to the Commissioner. Baseball teams are not allowed to trade draft picks, and Bud is not going to want to set the precedent that picks can be passed between teams in any sort of way. So, because he is making the decision, he’s not going to let that happen.
At the same time, he’s not going to let the Cubs get away with sending nothing. If I had to guess, we’re going to see a mid-level prospect sent the Red Sox way. Perhaps SS Junior Lake? Or RHP Rafael Dolis? Both are ranked among the team’s top ten prospects and would be (in my mind) the best the Red Sox would receive. Or maybe, they’d get a guy further down on the chart like LHP Jeff Beliveau.
Regardless of who is sent Boston’s way, we just want to see this issue resolved. Spring training is under a month away, and it’d be nice to know exactly what the team is heading to camp with.
All the best,
Wrigley Field Ambassador