For a second there yesterday, well more like thirty minutes or so, we all thought that Ryan Dempster was traded to the Braves, not so fast! After some backtracking on numerous fronts, a cryptic I don’t know what’s going on tweet from the Dempster foundation, and Dale Sveum blaming the internets, Ryan Dempster threw a bullpen session as a member of the Cubs. Still not sure what happened yesterday, here’s a brief recap.
At roughly 1:22 PM CST news broke that Dempster was indeed traded to Atlanta. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman broke the story, Bowman is the beat writer for the Braves on MLB.com, the Carrie Muskat of the Braves if you will. There was no report of who was coming back to the Cubs from the Braves, so I was cautiously optimistic. The fact that a MLB.com reporter broke this story made me feel like it was done.
After a number of other outlets took the story and ran with it, ESPN, and MLB Network to name a few, Keith Law offered the second part of the deal. Around 1:51 PM CST Keith Law confirms that Randall Delgado was included in the deal from the Braves side of things. Cue mass excitement and shock from Cubs fans, and baseball insiders on twitter. Joe Sheehan was shocked that the Cubs were able to grab Delgado for Dempster. Kevin Goldstein suggested that Cubs fans should absolutely be thrilled with this deal. Not going to lie, after hearing this news I was ready to publish a Randall Delgado post about how awesome it was that the Cubs were able to get a 22-year-old arm from the Braves.
As the excitement was building a truly “Cub moment” slapped me and the rest of Cubdom across the face around 2:38 PM CST. Ryan Dempster’s foundation posted on their twitter account that there is no trade, they haven’t heard a thing. Welp. David Kaplan of CSN Chicago followed with “No trade”, wait, what just happened? Multiple major outlets were reporting this deal as done, now we are hearing there is nothing in place? This could only happen in a “trade” involving a Cubs player.
As we stumbled into the three o’ clock hour we got further confirmation that Ryan Dempster is still a Cub. How do we know this? Because he’s standing right there in the clubhouse in a Cubs uniform! What is going on?? Cubs beat reporter Paul Sullivan dashed our hopes and dreams first, then he was followed by noted dream killer Doug Padilla. Doug really isn’t a dream killer, I’m just calling him that for effect, Sullivan on the other hand, ehh.
With the visions of Randall Delgado wearing Cubbie Blue still fresh in our minds, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the deal is now up to Dempster. Wait, there is hope? You mean a deal really is in place and it’s only up to Dempster, who has made it widely known that the Braves are his number two team and given the fact he wants the best return for the Cubs there is no way this could go wrong! Unfortunately that was really the last we heard of this deal being down to Dempster, the Atlanta Journal Constitution chimed in later in the evening backing up Nightengale’s statement, but all other outlets that originally reported a done deal are now tight-lipped for obvious reasons.
If you want a more detailed account of everything that happened I suggest you head over to Bleacher Nation where Brett as a stomach turning detailed account of it all, including 28 updates, it’s worth a read for sure. My take on this is that there is a deal in place, or something close to a deal in place. I think Dempster just has to say yes and that Major League Baseball has to approve the deal because there is a significant amount of money involved in it. That’s just a guess, but if it really is down to Dempster saying yes, what happens if he doesn’t? How would you feel about that considering Dempster has said all along that he want’s what is best for the Cubs, and that he would like to return next year. Is he getting cold feet, or is he just excorsizing the rights that he has earned in the big leagues? Let us know what you think, I will have updates as they come out today, I’m sure there will be plenty.
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Crazy news coming from Twitter tonight, there has been a lot of chatter indicating that Cubs catching prospect Welington Castillo has been called up. Obviously there has to be a corresponding move as the Cubs are not going to carry three catchers at this point, especially given the fact that they want Castillo to play everyday at Iowa.
Enrique Rojas first reported it.
Kevin Goldstein continued.
My best guess? Soto or Clevenger is hurt, now nothing happened in the game that I saw tonight as Soto played the whole thing, and if Clevenger is hurt then they need a backup catcher and the logical choice is Castillo. However, given the fact that Soto has struggled and Castillo needs everyday at bats the Cubs might give the job to Castillo, which would be shocking at this point, but I guess you really never know what is going to happen with this organization. More to come as I hear it obviously.
UPDATE 12:30 AM: Sounds like Steve Clevenger is headed to DL… still waiting for confirmation.
UPDATE 12:34 AM: Tribune confirming Clevenger to the DL, and Castillo on his way up — LINK
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With all the press and stories about Cespedes, the Cubs apparently have been doing their homework on 19 year old Cuban Jorge Soler, and appear ready to strike. It seems as though the Cubs have realized that a continued pursuit of Cespedes is pointless given the Marlins offer to him, and Cespedes’ desire to play in Miami. Soler is not a free agent as of yet, he has to go through the same process that Cespedes had to go through to become a major league free agent. Once that does happen, it is being reported that the Cubs are going to be very aggressive to sign the 19 year old.