Cubs Acquire Anthony Rizzo From Padres For Andrew Cashner

Anthony Rizzo of the San Diego Padres hits a double against the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Well, here's a story to take our minds off, um, other events of the day. It's been tweeted by several reporters; here's one from Bruce Miles:

#Cubs get 1B Anthony Rizzo and P prospect Zach Cates for Andrew Cashner and OF prospect Kyung-Min Na in trade with Padres
Jan 06 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

It's clear to me that Theo and Jed expect Rizzo to be the Cubs' starting first baseman, given the status of Andrew Cashner as a possible key part of the rotation or bullpen for 2012; you wouldn't give up someone like that unless you thought the return was going to be a starting player.

Rizzo clearly has big upside at his age (just 22) and he is familiar to both Theo & Jed, since Theo traded him to Jed last offseason as part of the Adrian Gonzalez deal.

I don't know much about Na nor Cates; perhaps Josh can fill in those details.

Talk about a rebuild -- man, now we have a rebuild. Have at it.

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