Jake Fox will be an All Star with Oakland. I really believe he’s that kind of player.
With the chance to play everyday, especially given the DH role, I see Fox hitting 25 HR and driving in 90-plus RBI.
Strangely, the Cubs never had a place for Fox to play, which makes little sense for a player of his talents. And for that I fault Jim Hendry.
When you hand out bad contracts the likes of Soriano, Bradley and Miles, that’s how you end up with potential All Stars like Fox on the trading block.
So let’s just say it’s not the ideal business model for an aspiring contender.
That reality aside, Jake Fox and Aaron Miles to Oakland for pitchers Jeff Gray, Ronny Morla and blue chip OF prospect Matt Spencer, is a smart move.
Fox’s stock is at its peak and Miles just needed to go after turning in his worst-ever season in the big leagues.
Of course, it never hurts to deal for a couple of young arms and the Cubs also get in return a possible CF of the future and a little cash-back to boot.
Losing Fox hurts, but given the circumstances, it appears Hendry bargained a fair and wise deal in return.