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February 19, 2014

Painting the Black

Cash/Rizz Everything Around Me

by R.J. Anderson


As easy as it is to forget, the Jesus Montero-Michael Pineda deal was not the only trade made during that month in which a young pitcher was moved for a young hitter. A week earlier, the Cubs and Padres exchanged Andrew Cashner for Anthony Rizzo as part of a four-player swap. Though not a challenge trade by the strictest definition—the two players did not man the same position—it nonetheless felt like one, in large part because of the executives who were involved.

Josh Byrnes and Jed Hoyer weren't strangers when negotiations began. Previously the pair had worked together under Theo Epstein in Boston. Eventually they broke off to run their own teams, but after Byrnes was fired from Arizona he reunited with Hoyer in San Diego—coincidentally enough, just days before the Adrian Gonzalez deal that sent Rizzo to the Padres. Roughly 12 months later, Hoyer had joined Epstein with the Cubs and Byrnes had taken the reins in San Diego. The Rizzo-Cashner trade came together within months, and those on the outside had to wonder to what degree Byrnes and Hoyer differed in their evaluations of the first baseman.

That doesn't mean much on its own, but it reinforces what should be an obvious point: Smart people—even those within the same circles and front offices—can evaluate players differently.

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