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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

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

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,
-Mark

 

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,
-Mark

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,
-Mark

Soto Traded

Update:  According to many sources Geovany Soto has been Traded to the Texas Rangers.

After the bottom of the sixth inning Geovany Soto was seen in the dugout shaking hands and hugging teammates and in the bottom half was pinch hit for.  It is possible Soto has been traded as well or the Cubs are just having fun with trade deadline.  Nothing is official,, so we will keep you updated as word comes in.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Reed Johnson Removed from Game, Probably Traded

Reed Johnson was removed from the game before his AB in the fifth inning and is shaking hands with teammates so it appears he has been traded.  Still waiting for confirmation and players involved.  Reed will be a really nice pickup for a team as 4-5 outfielder and a good bat off the bench, plus he is a great teammate.  We will keep you updated as information comes in.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Countdown to the Deadline: Talks Picking Up, Sort Of

Just two weeks ago it seemed that the Cubs would have made a few deals by July 30th, well here we sit, on July 30th and nothing has been done.  I attribute this to the whole Dempster saga, if he accepts the Braves deal then I think the Cubs would have made a few more moves by now.  But because he declined, at least for now, the Cubs sit in a holding pattern.  Here are some of the latest trade rumors involving the Cubs.

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Andy Martino is reporting  that the Mets have had discussions with the Cubs about Geovany Soto.  Odds are a deal doesn’t get done here, but it is nice to see somebody asking about Soto. If the Cubs could move him for anything more than a Manny Alexander life-size cardboard cutout we should all be grateful.

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Ken Rosenthal weighed in with some thoughts about the increase in demand for starting pitching, and how it relates to Garza.  Even with the news of Garza not starting again until after the deadline team keep calling on him.  What teams are looking for her obviously is a discounted rate for Garza, the Cubs aren’t budging.  For that reason Rosenthal and a number of sources believe that a Garza deal during the 2012 season before the deadline is “doubtful” but not out of the question.  Because the Cubs and Garza have not talked contract extension since the Spring it is believed that the Cubs will move him in the Winter.

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Danny Knobler is reporting that the Dodgers and Cubs are at an impasse on Dempster.  If I had to guess I thing each team is waiting for the other to cave and accept a deal to just make a deal.  Because of the this the Braves have been keeping an eye on the situation and might be ready to start-up talks again with the Cubs for Dempster.  Per Knobler, people in the game expect Atlanta to get involved with Dempster again.

Yesterday afternoon Peter Gammons was on MLB Network and was very candid about what the Dodgers need to do, and the #1 thing he said the Dodgers needed to do was trade for Dempster.  He said that they should do whatever it takes to land Dempster because he could be the difference for them.  Let’s hope he’s right.

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An interesting rumor popped up over the weekend, Ken Rosenthal suggests that Alfonso Soriano’s name has come up in the Dempster to the Dodgers talks.  The Cubs were rumored to add Soriano to a potential deal to the Dodgers to get a better prospect in return, but nothing has come out of those talks, yet.  Rosenthal adds that if the Cubs can’t find a deal before the deadline they would look to deal Soriano in the off-season where they might get a better return.

Things are going to get pretty crazy here as the deadline is only 31 hours away, keep checking back for the latest updates, and maybe a couple trades to announce as well.

Thanks for reading,
- George

Greinke Traded to Angels; Braves Back on Dempster?

One of the big arms at the deadline has been dealt, Zack Greinke is on his way to Anaheim.  The Angels have acquired Greinke for infield prospect Jean Segura, and two Double-A pitchers, Ariel Pena, and John Hellweg.  What does this mean for the Cubs and specifically Dempster?  It could mean that the Braves, who are still in the market for a big arm, re-engage talks with the Cubs.  Everyone was waiting for the first pitching domino to fall, this would be it, I wouldn’t be surprised if things really start to pick up now.

Thanks for reading,
- George

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