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Where Tony Campana fits with the Diamondbacks

By bullpenbrian at 02.19.2013 Leave a comment.

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Two pitchers for Tony Campana? What a steal.

I figured Campana would hit waivers, get claimed, and the Cubs would simply enjoy freeing up a roster spot.

Instead, the Cubs receive two 17-year-old, right-handed pitchers in return: Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo.

Who knows where either pitcher ends up with the Cubs? They’re barely legal age, let alone, years off from making any sort of run at the big leagues. But the fact is, at least the Cubs got ‘something‘ for Campana, which is a bonus.

Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks, who have a formidable club this season, finished 12/16 in the National League in stolen bases last year. And only Pittsburgh (52) was caught stealing more times than Arizona (51).

Campana is 54/59 in stolen bags the past two seasons, including 30 swipes in 2012. He immediately helps replace the 18 stolen bases lost to Atlanta with the trade of Justin Upton, who tied Paul Goldschmidt for the team lead last season.

Trading for Campana is obviously a move that makes sense for Arizona, who will need every edge competing against the defending world champion Giants and the heavy firepower of the Dodgers.

But this is also an opportunity for Campana to hear new voices and receive new instruction on becoming a better hitter. His fate is ultimately tied to improving his bat and his on-base percentage, which he didn’t do in Chicago.

Campana lovers, pay attention. The D-backs have one scheduled visit to Wrigley Field this upcoming season. It happens during a three-game weekend series from May 31 to June 2. The Cubs then travel to Arizona following the All-Star break for a four-game series from July 22-25.

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