Depending on how you look at it the next three weeks could be exciting or gut wrenching. Count me in for being excited, because within the next three weeks Theo Epstein and the Cubs are going to get better. That’s the plan anyway as the Cubs have a number of attractive players that could net them a favorable return in a trade.
Seeing that we are now at the all-star break, which means a whole four days without Cubs baseball, what better time than now to start our countdown to the deadline. We will have daily rumor updates, and trade news/analysis leading up to the deadline and then a deadline special on the 31st. Trust me, you should be excited, check out some of the latest rumors below.
According the MLB GM’s, Matt Garza is the most valuable pitcher on the trade market right now. Yes, in a year where Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke are on the block, the majority of the general managers feel Garza is the #1 target. Why? Control, and a draft pick. The Cubs are asking for three top pieces in return for Garza, and they just might get it. Matt Garza is under team control for another year and a half, meaning if he is traded the team that gets him won’t have to worry about signing him to an extension right away. A huge difference between Garza, and Hamels and Greinke is that a draft pick will still be attached to Garza, not the case for Hamels and Greinke, thanks CBA.
Ryan Dempster returned from the DL yesterday and pitched awesome once again. Per Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, a healthy amount of scouts expected to in attendance for Dempster’s return to the mound. Demp definitely didn’t do anything to hurt his trade value as he extended his scoreless streak to 27 innings. The Dodgers, Yankees, and the Braves have shown interest in Dempster, the Dodgers and Yankees showing the most. The Cubs have also let it be known that they will eat almost all of the Dempster’s remaining contract for this season which should increase the return in a deal.
The Tigers have expressed interest in Darwin Barney and went as far as approaching the Cubs about a deal. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports that talks really didn’t progress from there. The Tigers also expressed interest in Matt Garza, the fact that the Tigers are looking at two guys on the Cubs could lend itself to a bigger deal. You can read all about that here, Morosi mentions that the Cubs and Tigers discussed a potential deal for Garza back in January but could not reach an agreement.
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