From Mark D. Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune comes word that the Cubs have acquired infielder Tommy La Stella and international signing slot No. 4 from the Braves for reliever Arodys Vizcaino and three international signing bonus slots. Got all that?
La Stella made his major league debut this past summer at age 25 and went on a bit of a hot streak out of the gate, but the second baseman wound up batting just .251/.328/.317 across 360 total plate appearances. The former eighth-round pick (2011) does have some pretty good minor league numbers, but he’s not really considered a great prospect.
Vizcaino, 24, owns a 4.84 ERA in 22 1/3 career major league innings.
The Braves appear to be embarking on somewhat of a rebuild under new president of baseball operations John Hart and they’ll now have more money to work with for international acquisitions.
The #Braves will net approximately $830,000 in international bonus pol funds with this trade
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) November 16, 2014