Bleed Cubbie Blue believes that the PTBNL in that trade could be Tim Lahey, in which it would allow the Cubs to demote Lahey to Triple-A at the end of Spring, instead of giving him back to the Twins. Lahey, 26, is a right-handed relief pitcher who was taken with the first pick of the Rule V Draft. The only thing is that Lahey has really held his own this spring. Here are his results:
- 3/1 - vs. Angels - 1 IP
- 3/3 - vs. Mariners - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- 3/5 - vs. Diamondbacks - 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB
- 3/7 - vs. Mariners - 1 IP, 2 BB
- 3/10 - vs. Brewers - 1.1 IP, 1 K
- 3/13 - vs. Padres - 1 IP
- 3/15 - vs. White Sox - 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
He has a low-90's fastball, a hard sinker and a solid slider. He's a former catcher who's still new to pitching, but he could be a solid reliever when all is said and done.
The Twins don't have a lot of room in Rochester, which may make it an easy decision to make that kind of trade, but I'm sure the Twins would love to have him back in the organization.
Nonetheless, I think it was an interesting scenario.
Here's a good article on Lahey from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette (Lahey is from Worcester, Massachusetts).