Sunday, February 10, 2013

Campana would be a nice pick-up

When the Cubs made the Scott Hairston signing official they needed to make room on the 40 man roster.  OF Tony Campana was the casualty of the roster crunch and has been DFA.  Campana is now in limbo, the Cubs have 10 days to place him on waivers or to release him.  There has been some speculation that the Cubs waited this late in the off-season hoping teams didn't have room to claim him and maybe they could slip  him through waivers.  But for the next ten days the Cubs have the opportunity to make a deal with a team, after that the waiver process begins.

As far as the Mets needs Campana isn't a perfect fit since he's a lefty and as a lead-off hitter he isn't walking enough but he'd still be a nice addition.  The Cubs use him mostly as a number two or seven hitter, in the two hole he hit .282.  He's only 26 y/o and his base path speed is incredible, in his first two seasons he's stolen 54 bases in a 154 games.  He can play a solid center field and would only cost somewhere around 500k while still having options left....

By making this move late, the Cubs increased the odds that teams may let him pass through. Most teams have their 40 man rosters set at this point. However, Campana offers a unique skill with is top of the scale speed. Coupled with his ability to play CF, he could be useful for a team that can afford to carry him as their 5th outfielder. I have to think he'll get some interest and there is a good chance he gets claimed, even as teams head into the spring with full roster. source Chicago Now