Chicago Cubs trade Sergio Alcántara to Arizona Diamondbacks for cash
The Chicago Cubs traded infielder Sergio Alcántara to the Arizona Diamondbacks today for cash. It probably sounds weird, but once you saw the rules for the list, it was sort of a no-brainer.
The Cubs, who slated Alcántara for assignment last week (he’s out of minor league options and wasn’t on the Opening Day roster), were likely hoping they could get Alcántara through. by waivers and send him directly back to Iowa. This trade means they knew it wouldn’t happen.
Because the Diamondbacks – and only the Diamondbacks – were soon to have Alcántara anyway. Teams in the same league as the renouncing club have priority over claims, with last year’s worst record being first. In other words, the number one priority of waiver for Alcántara? The Diamondbacks. If they wanted it, they were going to have it.
UNLESS the Cubs find another team willing to trade something of value. The fact that the Diamondbacks made this trade means that (1) the Cubs likely found a team willing to trade money or a player in the organization they didn’t like enough to want to count towards the limits of their minor league roster, and (2) the Diamondbacks wanted to make sure they got Alcántara in case the Cubs decided one of those other offers was slightly better. Of course, since the Diamondbacks had top priority, they knew they wouldn’t have to offer much to get it, because the Cubs can’t call their bluff!
Anyway, that’s all to say that this trade means there were no good trade deals and the Cubs intended to give up Alcántara, which the Diamondbacks intended to claim. So instead of a waiver request, the Cubs get some extra cash. Probably something slightly more than the cost of a waiver request ($50,000). This is, in effect, a waiver request – just a bit more expensive.
So, when it comes to the tightening of the roster to 40 players, three situations have been resolved: Alcántara to the Diamondbacks, Harold Ramirez traded to the Rays and Tommy Nance claimed by the Marlins.