It took only another week for the Padres to move arguably the biggest piece they acquired in the Adrian Gonzalez deal. Anthony Rizzo, 22, has pop—a lot of pop. That's what the Cubs were looking to acquire this offseason at first base. The Cubs were interested in signing free agent Prince Fielder, but Theo Epstein said that the Cubs are going to do it the right way, which means that they are looking to build their team from the ground up, and focus on scouting and player development, what the Rays and Marlins are famous for accomplishing. Theo and Hoyer are both familiar with Rizzo, who was drafted by the Red Sox back in 2007—when Theo and Hoyer were both members of the Red Sox front office.
In 128 official at-bats at the major league level Rizzo has struggled, hitting only .143 and only one home run. The minors is another story for Rizzo. Rizzo killed the ball last season in Triple-A hitting 26 home runs and hitting in 101 runs. In 375 career games in the minors, Rizzo has hit .296 with 64 home runs. The Padres felt like having both Rizzo and Alonso in Spring Training could be bad news. "Having both Alonso and Rizzo in spring training would have been a little like having a quarterback controversy," said Byrnes. "We didn't want that and we felt that Alonso might fare a little better at Petco Park. The acquisition of Alonso provided us the flexibility to make this trade and acquire a quality, young power arm in Cashner."
Cashner will likely move into the setup role/late inning role for the Padres this season, and either eventually find himself closing or in the starting rotation. Over his 48 minor league appearances (42 starts), Cashner was 10-8 with a 2.82 ERA. In 2010, Cashner went 2-6 with a 4.80 ERA in 53 appearances out of the bullpen. In 2011 with a 1.69 ERA, allowing just three hits in 10 2/3 innings.
Kyung-Min Na, 20, was also sent to the Padres and the Cubs received Zach Cates, 22.