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Why Cubs’ Scott Effross-Hayden Wesneski swap smartest deadline deal

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The smartest trades the Kabs made before 2022 originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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With all the criticism cubs Gained after holding Ian Happ and Wilson Contreras’ best trading chips on deadline, trading Scott Effross for the Yankees was a smart move.

Yes, working with one of the most reliable and frequently used pitchers, David Ross, is hurting the Cubs at the moment.

But acquiring promising starting pitcher Hayden Vesnesky is a move that could pay dividends in the near future and years to come for both sides.

“A difficult exchange in the sense that I really think Scott is a great pitcher and we’ve had him under control for five years,” team president Jed Hoyer said of the deal that sent 24-year-old Wesnesky to the Cubs.

“At the same time, given what we’re trying to build here, I thought this deal really makes sense for the Cubs.”

The Cubs could keep Effross, who is under club control until 2027 and is an organizational success story after transition to personal weapons in 2019 and quickly climb the corporate ladder.

One thing they’ve shown year after year is that they have a knack for pairing good boxes with homegrown pitchers and experienced free agent additions. Effross’ move is a signal of confidence that they are developing pitchers.

They struggled to develop a homegrown starting pitch, and although they began to resist the trend, Effross’ move added a potential long-term rotation to an already promising pitching pipeline.

“Teams are always much more willing to forgo value when it comes to a player who has been under control for a few years and obviously had a great year,” Hoyer said, calling the Effross market “aggressive.”

“I’m thinking about Scott’s world,” Hoyer added. “He was in the organization for a long time, went through a lot of ups and downs – obviously he gave up his hand to continue his career and it couldn’t have worked better.

“I have a lot of respect for his path. But for us, we just felt that the opportunity to add a really talented starting pitcher made a lot of sense.”

According to MLB Pipeline, Vesnesky was the Yankees’ 7th prospect and the Cubs’ 8th overall. He finished fourth overall and was the top Yankee player by Baseball America.

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The Cubs are familiar with him as assistant pitching coach Daniel Moskos was Wesnesky’s pitching coach in 2021.

The Cubs assigned Wesnesky to the Iowa Cubs and he had a good year in Triple-A: 19 starts, 3.51 ERA, 1,149 WHIP, 83 strikeouts, 28 walks, 89 2/3 innings.

Hoyer had no idea if he could make his major league debut this season. But what the right-hander has done this year shows he’s just around the corner.

“I don’t want to go there just yet,” Hoyer said. “But of course we’ll be keeping a close eye on him in Iowa.”

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