Colorado Rockies Got a Steal with DJ LeMahieu from the Cubs

Paul Francis SullivanChief Writer ISeptember 28, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 24:  DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies hits an RBI single to score Chris Nelson of the Colorado Rockies and give the Rockies a 3-2 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning at Coors Field on September 24, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Colorado Rockies infielder DJ LeMahieu is making the Cubs look very bad these days.

When Aramis Ramirez left the Chicago Cubs last offseason, the new front office in Wrigley led by Theo Epstein made a trade to fill the hole at third base.

The Cubs sent Tyler Colvin and another player to the Rockies for Ian Stewart and a minor league pitcher named Casey Weathers.

Stewart flopped in Chicago and had wrist surgery at midseason. And, according Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times, Stewart has been spending more time tweeting about USC football than interacting with his new teammates. And Weathers is having a bad season in the Cubs farm system.

Meanwhile, Colvin has made the Cubs look shortsighted by giving up on him after only one subpar season. He has hit for power and a good average plus a .864 OPS for the Rockies.

Granted, Coors Field helps all hitters. But Wrigley Field is not exactly a pitchers ballpark.

But now the trade looks even worse as the other player in the deal, LeMahieu, is contributing to the club.

The former LSU star has filled the void left by the since-traded Marco Scutaro at second base. And when Troy Tulowitzki got injured, LeMahieu filled in ably.

He homered against his former club yesterday, September 27, and helped the Rockies beat the Cubs 7-5.

He is batting .294 and can play either second or short.

With LeMahieu, Colvin, Tulowitzki, Jordan Pacheco, Josh Rutledge and Chris Nelson, the Rockies have the makings of a remarkably deep infield going into 2013.

Perhaps the Cubs, desperately needing new young talent, shouldn't be packaging them off in bulk to Colorado.