Transaction Analysis

Cubs trade for Matt Stairs

This is a move that is hard to analyze until the Cubs finish the rest of their off-season moves.  Right now they don’t need a corner outfielder as they have Sammy Sosa and Rondell White.  Does this mean they are going to trade Sosa or White?  Can’t tell.  Maybe they just think they need a top-notch fourth outfielder since Rondell White gets hurt a lot.  Or maybe they'll could put Stairs at first base when Mark Grace leaves town.  If they don’t sign a free-agent first baseman, the last option is the most likely.  They traded for Stairs at the right time as they gave up very little for him as he had a down year.  He’s usually a good on base percentage guy with okay power. But we still need to see where he fits on this team.

Triple Steal Rating: Double

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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