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Diamondbacks acquire Tony Campana from Cubs

Feb 18, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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After designating Tony Campana for assignment last week the Cubs have traded him to the Diamondbacks for a pair of 17-year-old pitchers named Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo.

Leal and Castillo aren’t considered significant prospects, but getting two live arms with any sort of upside for Campana is pretty solid work for the Cubs considering he’s a fairly standard fourth outfielder-type who combines elite speed and range with a poor bat.

Campana has hit .262 with a .605 OPS in 184 games as a big leaguer, which is about what you’d expect based on his minor-league track record. If he ever got a chance to play regularly he’s capable of stealing 60-plus bases, but at age 27 that’s unlikely. He’s often described as “gritty,” though, and the Diamondbacks seem intent on cornering the market there.

  1. sleepyirv - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    If Campana can gritty the 2012 Cubs to a 61-101 record, imagine what he can do for the Diamondbacks!

    And Theo makes them pay for the privilege! If he’s not already, the Ricketts should put him in charge of getting the stadium deal done. The man has a future in Chicago politics.

  2. vallewho - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    this will put the DBacks @ 76 wins this year

  3. thebadguyswon - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    He does fit right in with them though.

  4. gbrim - Feb 18, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Kubel’s defensive replacement and/or pinch runner late in games. Not earthshaking, but neither are the young arms traded away.

  5. chacochicken - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Campana painfully excretes grit from every orifice. Its a rare condition, that’s why Tony is on this team and Justin isn’t

  6. tone360 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I remember when Augie Ojeda beat our heads in during our playoff series against AZ. We wont be in the playoffs and neither will AZ but still. Good Luck Tony C.

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