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.
Lot’s of news to sift through today on the rumor front, so here goes..
The Nationals are the latest team to get involved with the Cubs and Ryan Dempster. The thought here is that the Nationals want a veteran arm to help them down the stretch given the innings limit for Strasburg. Assuming they adhere to that 160 inning limit they will have a hole in their rotation and instead of plugging a system guy into the rotation they want a legit top of the rotation guy, hence Dempster. Ken Rosenthal wrote about the Nationals interest in Dempster earlier today.
There is a reason that most of the rumors I report are about Ryan Dempster, Joel Sherman thinks it’s because Dempster is the first domino of the trade season. For that reason, among others, the Cubs do not want to delay the trading of Ryan Dempster and would like to deal the right hander “this week” according to a MLB executive.
Ken Rosenthal speaks to that rumor about the Cubs wanting to move Dempster immediately as he says that the Cubs have started exchanging names with other teams. He lists the “finalists” as the Dodgers, Tigers, Braves, Red Sox, and the Nationals.
The Cubs other big trade arm, Matt Garza is also being asked about quite often. Danny Knobler is reporting that the Kansas City Royals have asked about Garza as they want to add a big FA arm for the 2013 season. Because Garza has one more year of control after this year he would fit the criteria of being that big arm for the 2013 Royals rotation. The best news yet for the Royals is they wouldn’t have to convince Garza to sign as a FA, they just need to acquire him in a deal, not exactly an easy task but might be easier than obtaining a big arm on an open market.
There have been a few reports that the Tampa Bay Rays are willing to move James Shields, and the Marlins might be interested in moving Josh Johnson. The reason this is news to the Cubs is that it could add arms to the trade market, thus lowering the value of a Matt Garza. I haven’t seen anything concrete about Shields or Johnson but there are whispers about them being available.
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