From the Wire … Cubs Trade Hisanori Takahashi to Rockies for PTBNL or Cash

According to a report from Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Cubs traded Hisanori Takahashi to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash. Takahashi is the second player the Cubs have dealt in the last 24 hours that was on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster but was playing for the Iowa Cubs when the trade was made. Brent Lillibridge was traded to the Yankees on Friday afternoon for a PTBNL or cash.

Takahashi is expected to report to the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate.


The Cubs signed the veteran southpaw to a minor league contract last winter that included a non-roster invite to big league camp. Hisanori Takahashi made the team out of Spring Training as the second lefty reliever behind James Russell. There was talk during camp that Takahashi could end up as a starter but that never proved to be the case.

Takahashi was 1-2 in nine appearances, two starts, in the Cactus League with a 4.42 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Takahashi pitched in just three games for the Cubs before he was designated for assignment on April 16. Takahashi was 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP in 20 games with the Iowa Cubs.

Hisanori Takahashi is the third player that began the season on the Cubs’ active roster that has been traded by the front office while playing for the Iowa Cubs.

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  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Take the PTBNL over the cash.

    • Tony_Hall

      Take the Intl $$$ over the PTBNL

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Tony, that is what I am thinking on both of the deals.

        • TheWrongGuy

          HELL yeah TAKE the CASH!!!

          The cash gives us more money to pay on possibly trading Sori’s contract.

          • Tony_Hall

            Intl cash not a check. Big difference. Intl cash increases the amount you were allowed to spend on Intl free agents.

          • TheWrongGuy

            still I say take the cash.

          • Tony_Hall

            That makes no sense. We don’t need cash. We need players or the ability to spend more money on draft picks or Intl free agents.

          • texcubnut

            Cash for Cubans!

      • Dorasaga

        Can you do that??? written in the latest CBA??

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