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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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.