Welcome to deadline day, the MLB non waiver deadline is 3:00 PM CST, so we are pretty much right up against it now. The Cubs have already made their big splash in acquiring Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees for Gleyber Torres among others. Indications are that the Cubs are done, but you never know with how things shake out towards the end of the day. Keep it here for updates from around the league all day!
7:03 AM — Jay Bruce is a popular guy right about now. Multiple reports from sources around baseball have mentioned a handful of teams as a possible destination for Bruce today. Bob Nightengale mentions that the Reds have found a match for Bruce, he goes on to identify that the Dodgers are not that team, and the Giants and Mets seem to be the likely destination.
Jon Heyman also mentions those two teams as possible spots for Bruce, as well as the Indians.
Ken Rosenthal also brings up the Giants, Dodgers, and Mets but throws the Rangers and Blue Jays into the mix as well. If I had to guess, I would think that the Giants are going to go all in for Bruce especially after missing out on Mark Melancon. They need to make an impact, and have been struggling since the all-star break, seeing their lead in the NL West shrink to just two games.
7:13 AM — The Cubs still could be in the market for another arm, and there have been links to the Tampa Bay Rays as of late. I know everyone wants Chris Archer, but it seems the most likely guy would be Matt Moore. Bruce Miles chimed in earlier on twitter about just this thing. Another team that will be hard after Matt Moore is the San Francisco Giants, see the note above about needing to make a move to bolster their lineup.
7:25 AM — The Chris Sale saga continues to unfold, or doesn’t I guess. I still don’t think the White Sox have the mentality needed to pull a deal like this off. Two teams in particular have a a bounty of prospects lined up ready to be shipped to Chicago, the Rangers, and the Red Sox. There are plenty of reasons for the White Sox to hang on to Sale, he’s an ace, he’s controllable (in terms of contract), he’s relatively cheap, etc. The reason the Sox would think about moving him is as their GM has said, they are mired in mediocrity, and this would be a tremendous jump start to their rebuilding process that they have not committed to for the last decade or so.
7:48 AM — Ken Rosenthal reports this morning that the Cubs are still looking for that controllable arm, and do not want to overpay for a left-handed hitting outfielder. Still expecting Soler back soon, and that would provide a lift, the obvious name that Ken is hinting at is Josh Reddick.
8:18 AM — Jon Morosi reports this morning that the Mets are still engaged with the Reds about Bruce.
9:01 AM — Jeff Passan jumps into the fray with some big news regarding Jay Bruce, he sees the Mets as the favorites to land Bruce. The usual suspects are still there in the Rangers and the Giants, I could definitely seeing a team get desperate and overpay for the left handed slugger.
9:06 AM — Bob Dutton is reporting on twitter that the Mariners are “closing in” on a deal to get Zack Cozart from the Reds. He also cautions that a deal is not done yet, but there appears to be smoke building on this one.
9:14 AM — Jerry Crasnick is reporting that the Brewers might have to “lower their expectations” to get a deal done today. I’ll say, after dealing Lucroy to the Indians yesterday, and having Lucroy veto the trade is a blow to the Brewers and their leverage to get a deal done. If anything it could hurt the return and now Crasnick is hinting at just that, Brewers can’t be happy.
9:31 AM — Chris Cotillo now reporting that the Giants are long shots to land Jay Bruce. Bob Nightengale mentions that the Red Sox had discussions with the White Sox last night about Chris Sale. If Sale is moved (see my note above), the Red Sox or Dodgers are the likely landing spot. Those teams are so stacked when it comes to the minor league system, super interested to see what kind of deals they are putting together.
10:47 AM — The Red Sox are leading the charge for Chris Sale per Rosenthal, not really sure how serious that charge is, but it seems likely that if Sale is traded that it will be to the Red Sox.
10:52 AM — Mark Gonzales is reporting that Brian Matusz will indeed be released by the Cubs today, opens a spot if the Cubs want to make a deal today. Not sure the two are related, but there is that option now.
11:35 AM — Buster Olney finally has some news for us today, the Mets are “on the verge” of acquiring Jay Bruce from the Reds. Tim Brown adds to the report saying that Brandon Nimmo will be part of the package going back to the Reds.
11:42 AM — Rosenthal reports that Rich Hill and the A’s could not come to terms on an extension, the thought is that Hill will be traded. The Cubs have had their on Hill a little bit.
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 long-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.”
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.
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 after 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.
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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- 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.
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.
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