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.

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-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

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,
-Mark