From the Wire … Cubs Trade Minor Leaguer Ronald Torreyes to Houston International Slot Money

The Cubs added to the International bonus pool on Tuesday when they traded minor league infielder Ronald Torreyes to the Houston Astros for two of Houston’s international slots (No. 2 and No.3) worth $784,000. Torreyes was acquired from the Reds along with Travis Wood and Dave Sappelt for LHP Sean Marshall.

The Cubs made three deals on Tuesday, all of which included international slot money. The Cubs added $963,100 to their bonus pool money of $4.56 million and upped their total pool to $5,520,300. The Cubs have reportedly signed RHP Jefferson Mejia for $850,000 and shortstop Gleyber Torres for $1.7 million.

Ronald Torreyes was hitting .260/.337/.381 with 13 doubles, four triples and two home runs in 64 games with the Smokies this season.

Ronald Torreyes’ Page on Baseball-Reference

The Cubs are expected to sign the top International prospect, OF Eloy Jimenez, and would need the additional pool money in which to do so. Reports have suggested that Jimenez will sign for between $2.5-$2.7 million.

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  • Theboardrider

    Boom! I think we’re going to look back on this day as possibly crucial to our rebuilding. Second guess Thoyer at your own risk.

    • John_CC

      Agreed. Of course the perpetual and insistent naysayers will pan individual trades today, separate parts of each trade, etc. while blindly ignoring the big picture. Like the fast stock piling of young middle infielders which allowed the trade of Torreyes, a good young player that has been replaced on the depth charts by better prospects. The collection of “potential” short term assets like Feldman that panned out enough to return a couple options that could help out the pen, and of course some more money to help them sign the #1 international free agent.

      It’s pretty cool to see how the big picture is playing out on a day like today. It gives me more confidence.

      • DWalker

        I just don’t get the marmol deal where they gave away slot money on the deal.

  • mutantbeast

    Seems to me this team FINALLY has a decent owner and a fron t office with a clue about what they are doing. Now go get Jiminez.

  • DWalker

    Interesting to see Torreyes go, but if it gets Jimenez, its probably well worth it. Thats another potential top prospect.

  • 07GreyDigger

    Houston must love their short second basemen.

    • Ray Ray

      Maybe they are trying to field a 5’6 and under rec basketball team :))))

      • Neil

        Houston measures everything in Altuves

  • triple

    Okay, this is all starting to become clear that all of these moves are geared towards that slot money and while we won’t see the impact immediately, all of today’s trades really should help this team in the future.

  • Dorasaga

    Wow. Good deal for the Cubs. Wish them use the 2-3 slots wisely.

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