MESA, Ariz. – In a small deal packed with big names, the Cubs traded Trevor Gretzky to the Los Angeles Angels for Matt Scioscia.
Their famous fathers made Thursday’s minor transaction an interesting headline. Gretzky is the son of hockey legend Wayne, No. 99, “The Great One.” Scioscia is the son of Mike, the Angels manager who guided the franchise to its only World Series title in 2002.
A Cubs source confirmed the deal, which Los Angeles general manager Jerry Dipoto framed this way, according to MLB.com: “Simply giving two players a new opportunity.”
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Scioscia, who played at the University of Notre Dame, is 25 years old and primarily a first baseman. He has hit .222 with three homers in 127 career minor-league games – none above A-ball – after getting drafted in the 45th round in 2011.
That year, Gretzky became part of the $12 million draft class headlined by Javier Baez. Former general manager Jim Hendry made deals already knowing he would be fired, negotiating directly with Wayne and convincing Gretzky to sign for $375,000 as a seventh-round pick and not play for Tony Gwynn at San Diego State University.
Since then, Gretzky has only played in 76 games, none above the Class-A level, hitting .288 with one homer and 18 RBI. He’s still only 21 years old, and has those great bloodlines.
Credit Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach – the power-hitting first baseman from that draft class – for first breaking the news with this message on his @Flowbro3 Twitter account: “Good luck to my boy @TrevorGretzky with the angels. Not going to be the same without u my man, gonna miss you for sure.”