The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin in a deal with the Detroit Tigers. This was one of several moves that the Cubs made right at the deadline. Multiple sources believe the Tigers will receive infield prospect Zack Short in return. Short is listed as Chicago’s 21st-best prospect.
Outfielder Cameron Maybin has been traded from Detroit to the Chicago Cubs, source tells ESPN.
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Short was on the brink of making the Cubs roster to begin the season. He was drafted in the 17th round of the 2016 draft, and has been in the minors ever since. He’s a shortstop that just hasn’t quite found his swing at the plate. It seems Chicago was done waiting for him to develop.
Short is a bit undersized at 5’10, but he has shown an ability to hit for power on occasion. He probably won’t be a star by any means, but he will be one of the best infielders in the Tiger’s farm system. Detroit may end up getting more out of this trade in the long run, but it’s a reasonable deal for both organizations.
More Depth to Strong Outfield
Maybin is a veteran and should be a quality bat off the bench. The 33-year old has only played fourteen games this season. Chicago will be the ninth team that he has suited up for. He has a slash line of .244/.311/.415 in 2020. Overall, the Cubs may have added him for his defense and speed on the bases. They weren’t in desperate need of another outfielder, the move simply adds more depth. The acquisition comes right after the team made history by having all three outfielders hit multiple home runs in one game.
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Clearly, they are loading up to make a deep playoff run. Maybin will compete with Albert Almora, and Steven Souza Jr. for at-bats. There will certainly be plenty of options to choose from for manager David Ross. Chicago will be an exciting team to keep an eye on throughout the remainder of the season.
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