According to multiple reports, the Cubs have trade IF Andres Blanco to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Blanco who was most likely not going to make the team, was out of options and was likely to be claimed by a team. That is where the Cubs would get nothing in return so if you think about it, they had to make this trade. Now that Mike Fontenot can play shortstop, he will will now be the primarily backup shortstop until Starlin Castro gets the call to play in the majors.
Like I just said above, this move is another way for the Cubs to get ready for Castro to get the call.
Do I like this move? I love Blanco's defence but he would struggle at the plate. He was a good defensive replacement but the Cubs don't have room for that on there 25-man roster. So I do like the move because they would of lost him to waivers and they got something in return for him.
Side Note: The Cubs also outrighed Mike Parisi to Triple A Iowa. He was a Rule V Draft pick and since he did not make the Cubs opening day roster he would be sent back to St. Louis. Since he was outrighted before, he was eligible to become a minor free agent. He became a free agent and he chosed to stick with the Cubs organization.
I will keep you posted.