The Cubs announced Tuesday morning they received 21-year old right handed pitcher Marcelo Carreno from the Detroit Tigers as one of the players to be named later in the deal that sent Jeff Baker to Detroit on August 5. When the Cubs announced they dealt Baker to Detroit in August, it was supposed to be for two players to be named later. The reports Wednesday morning seemed to indicate that the deal with Detroit for Baker is now complete. MLB.com ranked Marcelo Carreno as the 11th best prospect in the Tigers’ system.
The Cubs have not finalized the trade with the Rangers for Geovany Soto. The Cubs will receive either a player or cash from Texas for Soto and the deal is expected to be completed by October 31.
Updated 1:37pm CDT – According to a report from ESPN Chicago, the Cubs agreed to receive Marcelo Carreno and a cash consideration from Detroit for Jeff Baker and not a second PTBNL. The deal with the Tigers for Jeff Baker has been completed. Marcelo Carreno spent the 2012 season with Class-A West Michigan. The 6-foot-1, 170 pound righty posted a 9-8 record with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. In 27 games, all starts, Carreno struck out 119 batters while walking only 28. Carreno surrendered 129 hits (five home runs) in 139 1/3 innings.
Receiving a pitcher with the upside of Marcelo Carreno for a rental such as Jeff Baker (Tigers later DFA’d Baker and traded him to Atlanta) seems to be a solid deal for the Chicago Cubs.
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