The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Chicago Cubs are in deep discussions to acquire Mark Teahen from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for pitcher Sean Marshall and infielder Mike Fontenot.
The Cubs have been looking for a left handed bat in the outfield but to be honest, I’m not quite sure why they think Teahen is their answer. He’s a career .268 hitter with mediocre power at best.
Lefty Sean Marshall split time last year between the rotation and the bullpen but overall had a very respectable 3.86 ERA. At 26 he certainly doesn’t appear to be the next Greg Maddux but he could quite easily be a cheap back of the rotation starter for years to come.
Fontenot batted an impressive .305 and played a serviceable 2nd base for most of the season. While he’s a year older then Teahen and has slightly less pop in his bat, he does bat left handed and thus seems like an odd name to be mentioned in this trade rumor. I realize the Cubs are looking for a bat in the OF but those corner positions aren’t exactly the most demanding on the field. If nothing else I’m willing to bet Fontenot could switch positions and save the cubs a young left handed pitcher as well.
As you can probably tell, I don’t really see how this deal makes sense for the Cubs. I could see either Marshall or Fontenot in exchange for Teahen but certainly not both. That being said, I’ve seen stranger deals made just because one club falls in love with a player despite their mediocre performance so I wouldn’t be all that suprised to see this one happen.