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Matt Garza rumors; July 9, 2013

Matt Garza was dominant again last night, with every start his value goes up, not just in regards to what the Cubs want for him, but what Garza might be looking for in regards to a contract extension with the Cubs.  That’s right, the news before yesterday’s start was that the Cubs have kicked the tires once again on bringing Garza back with a Matt Garza Shockedlong-term extension.

David Kaplan weighed in on this yesterday:

  “Theo [Epstein] and Jed [Hoyer] know that they have a great asset. They will not cave on what they want in return,” said the AL exec.  “They will play this thing out until they get what they want. He’s too valuable to not trade.  When you are in a rebuild you need to move assets to fuel the plan. Garza should help to do that. I’d be stunned if he is a Cub Aug. 1.”

I agree with the thought process of Kaplan in regards to the extension talk, I think it’s just that, talk.  The Cubs aren’t going to let Garza go for less than their asking price unless they absolutely have to.

Gordon Wittenmeyer had more on the Garza extension talk after last nights game:

 “Team sources, however, characterize the recent, brief talks as confirmation that the sides aren’t much, if any, closer than they were more than a year ago when they first engaged in talks with little progress.”  

Garza also told reporters after the game yesterday that an extension is “50/50″ right now, and winning in Chicago would be “one hell of a party” so there is some interest to return obviously.Garza 5-26

Now on to the newest information on Garza…

Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports has information on what teams are interested in Garza.  Last nights start was scouted by the Rangers, Indians, Blue Jays, Pirates, and Padres.  For the most part it seems as though the Rangers and Indians have strong interest, and the Red Sox, Nationals, and Dodgers are also keeping an eye on Garza.  Morosi also touches on what Garza might be looking for in an extension and the numbers would rival what Anibal Sanchez got from the Tigers in the off-season, so a five-year, $80MM deal.

Stay tuned as the trade talk and Garza talk will pick up considerably as we get closer to the deadline and Garza continues to pitch well and prove his health.

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Cubs reportedly deal Feldman and Clevenger to Orioles

The Cubs are getting a head start on the trade deadline it appears as per Keith Law they have traded Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to Baltimore for Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and international bonus money.  Feldman, who is a free agent Feldman 5-1after this season is having a tremendous 2013 going 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA, the Cubs struck while the iron was hot.  Sure the return doesn’t look like much but the Cubs are banking on the two guys they are getting in return to figure it out.  Both Arrieta and Strop have talent, but both have issues finding the strike zone which has led to some pretty bad numbers recently.  Strop was outstanding in 2012, but still struggles with control, his 7.35 ERA this year would point to his inability to pitch around walks as they are still there, and more common than in 2012.  The Cubs plan heading into this season was to sign Feldman, see if they can compete and if they didn’t then deal Feldman for assets, mission accomplished?  Only time will tell, as with so many other things with this team at the moment.  More to come.

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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.

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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

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

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

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

White Sox Stay Active; Acquire Liriano

Another arm is off the market, not sure if he was ever “on the market” but Francisco Liriano is headed to the White Sox.  Kenny Williams has been busy this trade season as he sees an opportunity to win now and he’s going for it.  The Sox get Liriano for Eduardo Escobar, and Pedro Hernandez.  That’s two arms that could have went to the Braves in a deal, but didn’t.  Maybe that will make the Braves a little more desperate as we get closer to the deadline and come back at the Cubs for Dempster.  Same goes for the Dodgers, hopefully Garza proves himself healthy in his side session and a deal can be made, although it seems highly unlikely.

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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