The other day when news broke that the Cubs and Rays had agreed on a trade to send Matt Garza to Chicago we knew all five prospects that they were sending to Tampa. However we had no idea the other two players the Rays were sending to Chicago. Well now we do.
So the Rays receive Lee, Fuld, Chirinos, Guyer and Archer while the Cubs get Garza, Zachary Rosscup and Fernando Perez. So who are these other two guys?
Well Perez, 27, has a little major league experience. That experience came mostly in 2008 and fun fact scored the winning run in game 2 of the ALCS against the Yankees. In 2009 he was hurt during spring training and didn't get called up till September and then spent the entire 2010 season in AAA. He might be a 5th outfielder or pinch runner, he stole 43 bases in 2008 while in AAA, but I wouldn't really expect much from Perez in a already crowded outfield.
So what are they getting in lefty Zachary Rosscup? Possibly a decent bullpen arm who is a few years away. Rosscup, 22, was drafted in the 28th round of the 2009 draft. He appeared in 10 games, 9 starts, in 2009 while in rookie ball. In 2010 he started the year back in rookie ball for 3 games, only starting 1, but then got moved up to single A for 9 games which 7 he started. He has four pitches with his fastball being pretty average. He also throws a slider, curve and change up. He doesn't walk many and sounds like the Rays were going to move him fulltime to the bullpen but with how the Cubs treat pitchers moving them back and forth who knows.
So overall if Perez is healthy and gets a chance he does have some decent talent to make an impact while Rosscup might be a name we never hear again except when we look back at this trade five years from now if the Rays are winning with Cubs talent.