Will Yoder
Saturday January 7th, 2012

The Chicago Cubs have acquired first baseman Anthony Rizzo and right-handed pitcher Zach Cates from the San Diego Padres, according to MLBTR. The Padres received right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na in the deal.

“The acquisition of Yonder Alonso provided us the flexibility to make this trade and acquire a quality, young power arm in Andrew Cashner,” Padres GM Josh Byrnes said in a statement. “We are happy to add a pitcher with the pedigree of Cashner and an outfielder with the athleticism of Na.”

Rizzo, 22, was considered one of the best prospects in the Padres system. In 93 games in Triple-A this season the first baseman hit .331/.404/.652 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI. In 49 MLB games, however, he hit just .141/.281/.242 with one home run.

The Cubs recently hired former San Diego Padres general manger Jed Hoyer to help aid Theo Epstein in Chicago’s front office. Hoyer played a major role in Rizzo’s development in the Padres’ farm system. With the acquisition of Rizzo, it is unlikely the Cubs will continue pursuit of free-agent slugger Prince Fielder.

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