On Sunday, the Chicago Cubs sent longtime pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino back to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for rookie second baseman Tommy La Stella. Atlanta also obtained Chicago’s number two, three and four bonus slots, while the Cubs received the Braves’ number four slot. That will increase Atlanta’s chances to sign an international player.
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La Stella, who’ll turn 26 in January, registered a .251/.328/.317 batting line with a homer and 31 RBIs in 93 games during his first season in the majors. The left-handed hitter was expected to be Atlanta’s starting second baseman in 2015, however now he’ll be heading to a crowded middle infield. Because of this, he may be trade bait so the Cubs can acquire pitchers that they are looking to reel in.
The Braves have picked up a pitcher that they previously owned the rights to. Vizcaino first arrived to Atlanta in the Melky Cabrera deal with the Yankees in 2009, and was later dealt to the Cubs for Reed Johnson, Paul Maholm in 2012. The 24 year-old, who was recovering from Tommy John surgery for the past two years, appeared in five games for Chicago in 2014, posting a 5.40 ERA while allowing 3 runs, three walks and four strikeouts in five innings.