July 2012

Deadline Day: THREE Teams After Dempster Now

David Kaplan breaks the news that the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees have stepped up their pursuit of Dempster.  This part is important..

Baseball sources have confirmed to me that three teams are in play for Ryan Dempster and he will approve a deal to any of the three teams if the Cubs can agree on a suitable return in exchange for the veteran right-hander who is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career

Per Kaplan Dempster will approve a deal to anyone of those three teams, stop me if you heard that before. 

“Texas is serious about adding a starter and Dempster isn’t as expensive to trade for as Garza would be, but after finishing as runners-up in the last two World Series and seeing the Angels add Zach Greinke, Texas management has decided to make a run at adding pitching, a baseball source told me. “However, with three teams seriously involved, it won’t be cheap to acquire him even though it is potentially a three-month rental.”

From the sound of it teams are starting to realize that adding the second best ERA in baseball to their staff at the deadline might benefit their team and they might be willing to pay for it, stay tuned.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Deadline Day: Early Morning Rumors [UPDATE 9:20 AM]

Here’s to a busy, and productive day.

As the craziness died down last night so did the chatter between the Cubs and the Dodgers.  One minute it seems like something will get done, the next, crickets.  Per Jon Heyman nothing was “close” between the Dodgers and Dempster late last night.  Ken Rosenthal reports that Dempster remains adamant that he will only accept a deal to the Dodgers.  Even I can put two and two together, if Dempster will only go to the Dodgers and the Cubs and Dodgers aren’t close then that means the Cubs haven’t blinked yet.  I wonder if they will because they have lost almost all the leverage in this deal.

Rosenthal also mentions that Soriano has been apart of the Dempster to the Dodgers talks for a little while now.  Soriano would have to approve any deal, just like Dempster.  Per Bob Nightengale on twitter, Soriano has provided the Cubs with a list of “acceptable” teams to be traded to, but there is no offer as of yet.


Last night there was a surge in Matt Garza chatter but it has cooled as morning has arrived, per Joel Sherman, Cubs’ execs are not overly optimistic a deal will get done.  The Cubs sent out Garza’s clean medical reports yesterday and that is what sparked the interest of a number of teams.  Ken Rosenthal says that the Rangers interest seems to be waning while the interest level of the Reds and Blue Jays is increasing.  I give it 50/50 odds that Garza gets traded today.

[UPDATE 9:20 AM]  Per Jayson Stark on the Mike and Mike show Matt Garza is “likely” to be traded today, news coming in fast.


Thanks for reading,
– George

Trade Deadline Day! Good Morning

We are basically live blogging the trade deadline, so there will be a bevy of posts between now and the deadline at 3:00 PM CST.  We will keep you up to date on all the rumors and trades that go down today.  I don’t know if anything can get as crazy as last night, but I’m sure the Cubs will try.

Thanks for reading,
– George

7/30: Around the Cubs Minor League System

July 30th Cubs minor league report.

The AZL Cubs and the Boise Hawks were off on Monday.


Beloit scored three in the eighth and held on to beat Peoria 5-3.  Pin-Chieh Chen had a great game going 4-for-5 with an RBI.  Zeke DeVoss led the game off in style with a home run, he added another hit and ended the game with two runs scored, two RBIs, and his 29th stolen base.  Javier Baez and Dustin Geiger each added a double and Bijan Rademacher had a triple on the night.  Chadd Krist also had a hit and he is now hitting .340.  Joseph Zeller got the start, but did not factor in the decision giving up two runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings.  Sheldon McDonald got the loss and Austin Reed pitched two scoreless innings in relief.  The Chiefs record now stands at 50-55.



Daytona got a little scare in the ninth, but still won pretty easily 8-4.  The Cubs pounded out 14 hits including three from Rubi SilvaRonald Torreyes continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  John Andreoli also had two hits and reached base four times from the leadoff spot.  he also scored a run and stole his 41st base of the season.  Rafael Lopez, Elieser Bonne, and Matt Cerda all had two hits and an RBI.  PJ Francescon got his second win of the season pitching six shutout innings.  He only gave up three hits and struck out six.  Frank Del Valle was very good in relief striking out four in just two innings.



Tennessee got off to a good start in game one scoring five runs and holding on to win 6-3.  Matt Szczur had his best game since moving to Double-A going 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored.  Junior Lake stayed hot at the plate going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Logan Watkins and Michael Burgess each had two hits and Justin Bour drove one in.  Greg Rohan connected on his fifth home run, a three run shot in the first inning.  Eric Jokisch pitched all seven innings gving up three runs on five hits and striking out two.


Tennessee won the second game of the double header beating Pensacola 3-2.  Nate Samson was the only Smokies player to have a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with a run scored.  Juan Apodaca and Michael Burgess each had a hit as did Dustin Harrington and Nelson Perez.  Matt Szczur drove in a run in game two.  Casey Harman got the start and pitched well allowing no runs on four hits in four innings pitched.  Casey Weathers got the win pitching a scoreless fifth innings striking out two.  Frank Batista recored his 19th save of the season as he closed out game two on Monday.



The Iowa Cubs lost another one on Monday losing to New Orleans 5-3.  James Adduci had another great game, going 2-for-5 with a home run, double, run scored, and three RBIs.  Dave Sappelt also had two hits and scored a run.  Chris Rusin took the loss pitching 5.2 innings surrendering five runs, only one earned and struck out six.  Alberto Cabrera had a nice night in relief striking out four in 2.1 innings.  Iowa just can’t seem to get it together.

Thanks for Reading,


Three Cubs Traded, They Say Goodbye (VIDEO)

Here is the video from the dugout tonight, features both Soto and Reed Johnson saying their goodbyes after they learned that they had been traded.  Crazy night, should be a crazy day tomorrow.

Good luck Geo, Reed, and Paul!

– George

July 30, 2012 – Post Game Recap Delayed

Wow, what a night!  I just got back from the Cubs game and I have a ton of pictures I want to post so I will do so at some point tomorrow.  We are also swamped with the trade deadline stuff and we are only a two-man operation.  But fear not loyal reader, you will have all the latest info on the trades as they happen and reaction.  I will get that PHOTO RECAP up as soon as humanly possible.  I leave you with this one… Rizzo’s home run tonight!


Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

A Look at What the Cubs Got Back on Monday Night

So we know the Cubs have traded away Geovany Soto to the Rangers and packaged Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to the Braves, but what did we get back.  The Cub got back three pitchers, which we knew they wanted to get deeper at as an organization.  Here is a quick look at the pitchers we go back.

Starting with the Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to the Braves deal.

Arodys Vizcaino
Vizcaino is 21-year old right-handed pitcher who has missed the entire season due to Tommy-John surgery was ranked #3 in the Braves system and #54 prospect in baseball according to Jonathan Mayo.  Last year Vizcaino was said to be one of the four untouchable arms in the Braves system.  The Cubs are taking a big gamble that he will come back healthy and be durable, but for Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm it is a great chance to take in my opinion.  His fastball sits in the low to mid 90’s with a plus changeup and good curve ball.  Hope he comes back healthy and at 21, he should have a great chance to.  Until he does the Cubs will hope he can be a starter, but time will tell.

Jaye Chapman
Chapman is a 25-year old RH relief pitcher who is currently in Triple-A.  He is 3-6 with 7 saves and a 3.52 ERA this season.  He also has 60 strikeouts in 29 walks in 53.2 innings.  He is not a huge prospect, but hope he can be a quality arm at sometime out of the pen.  I like that he is averaging over a strikeout an inning.  We will see, he obviously wasn’t the centerpiece of the deal with the Braves, but to get some quality out of the pen would be nice.

Now to the Soto deal.

Jacob Brigham
Brigham is a 24-year old RH starting pitcher who is currently pitching in Double-A.  He is currently 5-5 with 4.28 ERA.  He has started all 21 games he has pitched in striking out 116 in 124 innings.  His last two outing have been really good and the Cubs obviously see something there.  He hasn’t had great numbers yet, but we will see what happens.  As we know the pitching depth is not great for the Cubs so getting a pitcher for Soto, who has been a disappointment the last couple years is a fine return in my mind.

The Cubs needed to get more pitching depth and they did that with these deals.  They didn’t move any of their big names, although Maholm has been pitching really good and it seems they got decent return, especially with Vizcaino coming over even though it’s after Tommy-John.  When you work with prospects you never know if it was a good return or not for a few years.  I’m sure there will be more coming tonight or tomorrow, so we will as always keep you updated.

Thanks for Reading,


Some More on the Trade Front

  • The Cubs will reportedly not comment on any trades tonight and will wait until tomorrow morning.  Obviously as we find more out we let you know.
  • After the injury to Matt Garza it appeared it was going to be a long shot to move him, but it seems there are a few teams who are still interested.  The Cubs let teams look at his medical reports and some teams might be satisfied.
  • The teams that have shown interest in Garza are the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Cincinnati Reds and according to some sources there is good chance he gets moved.
  • Nothing new on Dempster yet, but with Maholm going to the Braves, I am guessing he won’t end up there, but you never know.
  • Who will come up after the deals are completed, I am guessing Welington Castillo will be up in Soto’s place and there have been rumors that Brett Jakcson, who was taken out of the Iowa could be on his way or it could be someone like Dave Sappelt.

We will keep you updated throughout the night and tomorrow.

– Mark


Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson Traded

Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson have been traded to the Atlanta Braves.  No word yet on who the Cubs are getting back in return.  Check back for updates.

Update:  Wow, the Cubs were able to get back two pitchers, Arodys Vizcaino plus Jaye Chapman from the Atlanta Braves.  Vizcaino is really nice piece with a lot of upside.  He missed the year due to Tommy-John Surgery, but was the Braves #3 pitching prospect coming into the year.

Thanks for Reading,

Geovany Soto Trade Official

It is official Geovany Soto has been traded to the Texas Rangers for 24-year old RHP Jacob Brigham.  We will have a post and a little more Brigham in a little bit.

Thanks for Reading,


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