The Padres dealt Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs for likely relief pitcher Andrew Cashner. Cashner missed a lot of time because of an injury and it’s expected that he’ll move from the rotation to the bullpen for the Padres in 2012. He’s a hard thrower and could do well in that role.
Rizzo was one of the main guys the Padres got in the Adrian Gonzalez deal and now he rejoins Theo Epstein with the Cubs. When the Padres got Yonder Alonso from the Reds, Rizzo became expendable and when you combine it with his poor season in 2012, it made the decision easier for the Padres to deal him.
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