Cubs Trade Rumors: Trent Giambrone Pulled Early, Hugs Teammates (Updated: Tight Hamstring Caused Exit)

UPDATE: We were all duped…hard. Or so it would appear. Even the beat writers were saying Giambrone’s exit was a precursor to a trade, but the reports out of St. Louis are that the early exit was due to a tight hamstring.

What about those hugs Tennessee Smokies broadcaster Mick Gillispie (tweet below) had reported, though?

Tennessee Smokies infielder Trent Giambrone was lifted early from tonight’s game and was seen hugging teammates afterward, setting off all kinds of speculation. Myrtle Beach Pelicans outfield Luis Ayala was also pulled early, but reports are that his exit was due to an illness issue.

Giambrone — rhymes with “jabroni,” ranked the Cubs’ No. 30 prospect by — has moved steadily through the Cubs system and is displaying a lot of pop and good speed this season. He’s already at a career-high 16 homers to go with 19 doubles and 22 steals for AA Tennessee and was named PCL Player of the Week earlier in July. He’s certainly got potential, but the second base gig isn’t opening up in Chicago anytime soon.

Initial thoughts had Giambrone perhaps heading to either Miami or Texas for Brad Ziegler or Keone Kela, but reports have seemingly shot both of those down.

There have also been thoughts of an even bigger deal, say for Jacob deGrom, that would require some big leaguers as well. Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. both being absent from the Cubs lineup Sunday night added to that, but Buster Olney reported in no uncertain terms during the pregame broadcast that neither deGrom nor Noah Syndergaard would be traded prior to the deadline.

One other possibility is that Giambrone is the PTBNL for Cole Hamels, through that seems unlikely. While Giambrone isn’t a monster prospect by any stretch, he seems like a bigger get than most of those returns.

Something is likely to happen before long, so stay tuned for more.

***Update #1***

Well, he ain’t the PTBNL…

It’s also not former Cub Blake Parker, who at least one of those random #sources Twitter dudes trying to make a name for himself reported it could be.

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