July 2012

Long Day Turns Into Long Night for Cubs

After a day full of rumors and speculation the Cubs came out flat and uninspired against A.J. Burnett.  Burnett took advantage and was four outs away from pitching his second career no-hitter before Adrian Cardenas lined a two out single  in the 8th to break it up.  That was the only thing left undecided by the 8th inning tonight as the Pirates, thanks to a first inning grand slam by Neil Walker were cruising to a 5-0 victory.  Casey Coleman got the start for the Cubs thanks to Ryan Dempster being traded earlier in the day to the Texas Rangers.  Coleman didn’t seem ready to go at the start either as he gave up four runs in the first on the way to his second loss of the season.  Coleman only lasted 4.2 innings thanks to spotty command, he gave up four runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out five.  As you could already guess the Cubs did nothing at the plate as Burnett had everything working, a brutal two-seem fastball that took up residence on the inside corner and a curve ball that vanished all night.  Games like this happen, especially after a long day of wondering who is the next guy to be traded.  Definitely not taking anything away from Burnett, he was outstanding tonight.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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July 31, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Pirates

After a couple crazy days we can finally get back to baseball.  Casey Coleman will get the start against the Pirates now that Ryan Dempster was traded.  Here is how the lineup will look tonight against AJ Burnett.  The game can be seen on WGN at 7:05 CT.

DeJesus – CF
Castro – SS
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano – LF
LaHair – RF
Clevenger – C
Barney – 2B
Valbuena – 3B
Coleman – P

Go Cubs!!
– Mark

Cubs Get Hendricks and Villanueva From Rangers; Player Spotlights

All things considered the Cubs got a pretty good deal from the Rangers.  Because of Dempster nixing a deal to the Braves for Randall Delgado the Cubs had to go elsewhere, everyone thought that meant the Dodgers.  The two best things to happen to the Cubs today were the Rangers and the Yankees.  If those teams don’t jump in after Dempster the Cubs would have been forced to take a low, low ball deal from the Dodgers or keep Dempster.  What it came down to is the Rangers needing to answer the acquisition of Zack Greinke by the Angels with a pitcher of their own, Demspter.  Here’s a bit more on the two players the Cubs received from Texas.

Christian Villanueva – 3B;  DOB: 6/19/91 (21 years old)

Love this prospect.  Villanueva was ranked the 100th best prospect in baseball prior to the 2012 season.  Villanueva has a quick, compact swing that has produced some power but his power potential is up in the air right now.  This season Villanueva was playing at A+ level Myrtle Beach in the Rangers organization.  In 100 games this year Villanueva has hit .285 with 10 home runs, and 59 RBI’s, he’s walked 24 times and struck out 83 times in 425 plate appearances.  Villanueva has struggled with the glove at third base, recording 15 errors this season with a .938 fielding %.

Kyle Hendricks – RHP; DOB 12/7/89 (22 years old)

This is your typical mid range young arm that has room to grow and a solid upside.  Hendricks is a strikeout pitcher with absolutely tremendous command.  So far this season Hendricks has made 20 starts for Myrtle Beach, he is 5-8 with a 2.82 ERA and two complete games.  The extended stats are impressive, in 130.2 innings Hendricks has struck out 112 guys and walked 15, that’s a tremendous strike out to walk ratio.  Here is a solid baseball america article on Hendricks, definitely worth the read.

All in all, an adequate return for Dempster, not as good as Randall Delgado but better than what they would have received from the Dodgers.  Let’s all relax for a little bit now, thanks for following our trade deadline coverage!

- George

Matt Garza Remains a Cub

Garza just tweeted out that they had to play musical chairs in the clubhouse and wished Geovany Soto, Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson, and Ryan Dempster luck.

- George

Cubs Trade Dempster to the Rangers [UPDATE]

The Rangers who were running third in the race for Dempster just hours ago have landed the right hander multiple sources are confirming.   Buster Olney from ESPN has confirmation.  MLB.com Ken Gurnick has confirmation.  Scott Miller of CBS has confirmation.

No word on who is coming back from the Rangers, stay tuned.

[UPDATE] Rosenthal is reporting two Class A pitchers going to the Cubs.  Other source is reporting a Class A pitcher and a Class A postion player.

[UPDATE 2] Early reports are the Cubs have acquired 3B Christian Villanueva, and RHP Kyle Hendricks.  Separate post coming up breaking down both players.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Tigers Working on Soriano Deal

Per Brett at Bleacher Nation, the Tigers are working hard to acquire Soriano.  Of course Soriano would still have to say yes to any deal that comes his way.  Tigers also like Campana for bench duty, and to perform in holiday plays with the players kids.

[UPDATE 1] Sounds like the Tigers are backing off of this and Soriano will be staying put but talks will continue into August because of the waiver deadline.

- George

Looks Like Dempster Close to Being Dealt to Dodgers (UPDATES)

Per Jim Bowden of ESPN the Cubs and Dodgers are just about done negotiation and have agreed on a deal for Dempster.  Per Bowden they are dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s, should be announced soon.  WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE!  So please take it for what it’s worth, I will update as news comes in.

[UPDATE 1] Phil Rogers on MLBN says the Cubs are still pushing to get Allen Webster in the deal from the Dodgers, might be including another player.

[UPDATE 2] Kevin Goldstein thinks that if this is a multi-player deal that James Russell would be the other player going to the Dodgers.  Cubs really want Webster.

[UPDATE 3] Multiple reports now that another team has emerged for Dempster and the Cubs are talking to them now.  This would be the Cubs using big time leverage against the Dodgers, something they didn’t have prior to today, who’s going to blink??

[UPDATE 4] Tom Verducci just said on MLBN that the Cubs have broke off talks with the Dodgers and are not talking with the Yankees and a mystery team.  Dodgers are going to have to cough up what the Cubs want or watch Dempster go elsewhere, or that’s what the Cubs want the Dodgers to think at least.

[UPDATE 5] Dempster has told Bruce Levine that he will accept a deal to the Yankees, Dodgers, or Rangers.  Thanks Ryan as we sit here an hour and 15 minutes from the deadline.

[UPDATE 6] Per Tim Brown of Yahoo sports the Dodgers have pulled out of talks with the Cubs over Dempster.  A very real chance that Dempster pitches for the Cubs tonight, ick.

[UPDATE 7] With just minutes to go, the Rangers are sneaking in ahead of the Yankees, nothing confirmed yet.  CBS is reporting Rangers.

[UPDATE 8] Multiple sources reporting Dempster has been traded to the RANGERS, craziness.  Updates coming.

- George

Phillies Making Noise: First Victorino, Now Pence

As reported earlier the Phillies already traded Shane Victorino to the Dodgers and now have reportedly traded Hunter Pence to the Giants.  Wow, they moved two of their OF, assuming Domonic Brown is on his way up as he was scratched from his AAA lineup.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Castillo and Coleman Headed to Chicago… and now Cardenas

Welington Castillo and Casey Coleman will be on their way to Chicago to replace Geovany Soto and Paul Maholm on the roster.  The interesting part is we don’t know who is going to take the spot of Reed Johnson.  According to many sources it is not Brett Jackson and per Dave Sappelt’s twitter it won’t be him.  So who will it be?  More to come I’m sure.

UPDATE:  Adrian Cardenas will be the third player coming up for the Cubs.  Hope he gets some more AB’s wherever that may be.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Deadline Day Around the League

The Cubs aren’t the only one who are going to be dealing today.  Here are some of the latest happenings around the league.  There will be plenty of updates as the day continues.

  • It looks like Shane Victorino will be traded to the Dodgers.  It sounds like Josh Lindblom would be going to the Phillies.  Nothing official yet, but this means the Dodgers will not be going after Alfonso Soriano.
  • UPDATE:  It is officail The Philies have traded OF Shane Victorino to the Dodgers for relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and SP Ethan Martin.
  • The D-Backs appear to be in the market for a big time starting pitcher.  No names yet, but maybe they would be interested in Matt Garza?
  • Although the Phillies have traded away Shane Victorino there are still reports they are talking to the Giants about Hunter Pence.
  • UPDATE:  Hunter Pence on his way to San Francisco for C/1B prospect Tommy Joseph.  Nate Schierholtz is going to the Phillies as well, as does Seth Rosin.
  • Padres are asking for a lot for Chase Headley, but a deal could still get done.
  • Rangers looking to bolster bullpen.  Possibly put Ogando back in the rotation and acquire another bullpen arm, possibly Broxton from KC.
  • The Cardinals have acquired Edward Mujica for Zachary Cox.
  • Marlins are close to sending Gaby Sanchez to Pirates for Gorkys Hernandez.
  • UPDATE:  According to Ken Rosenthal Gaby Sanchez to the Pirates is a done deal.  This also includes a competitive balance pick going to the Marlins.
  • Red Sox to acquire Craig Breslow for Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik.
  • The Reds have traded for Jonathan Broxton.  The Royals got AAA lefty Donnie Joseph and AA JC Sulbaran
  • Casey McGehee traded to the Yankees for Chad Qualls.

This is what is out there right now, some deals may still be coming in, but I think that is it for now.

-Mark

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