Yesterday, we mentioned in the comments section that the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, and Baltimore Orioles had discussed (are dicussing?) a three-way deal that would end up with Rick Porcello pitching for the Cubs:
The Tigers and Cubs are discussing a potential three-way trade that would send Rick Porcello to Chicago with the Orioles as the third party, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. The Tigers want Baltimore involved because they want shortstop J.J. Hardy and they don’t feel that the Cubs have the necessary components to make it a two-team trade.
Well obviously. I don’t think I was alone in scratching my head over this one, trying to figure out what the Cubs would possibly have that would interest the Orioles. Then again, I never thought Corey Patterson or Felix Pie would interest the Orioles, and I was wrong about that. Unfortunately for us, this Orioles team is smarter than the Orioles we knew and loved in days of yore:
The Orioles are also one of the teams that are interested in Porcello and it’s logical to think that they could just hammer out a two-team swap with the Tigers instead.
Yeah. I was kinda hoping no one would mention that. Le sigh.
Let’s all hope that Theo can pull something out of his magic hat, because Porcello would be a really, really nice/hot way to round out the starting rotation.
But then, like light through yonder window breaking, Ken Rosenthal managed to bury this little bit of joy in his column. See if you can figure out at which point I jumped out of my seat with joy:
The Phillies, sources say, continue to look at all options, including the signing of free agent Scott Hairston and trades for the Chicago Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano and Los Angeles Angels’ Vernon Wells.
Hairston, however, reportedly wants a two-year contract in the $8 million range, and that price might be too steep for the Phillies’ liking.
Okay, okay, so the Phillies don’t want to pay $8 million for Scott Hairston. Understandable. What do they want to pay? $6 million for Soriano? $5 M? $3 M? 3? We’ll take three. $2 M? You can have him for two! For the love of God, just take him! Just get him out of left field, for the love of crying out loud! I can’t take another summer of looking at his confused face for 162 days.
If you haven’t been paying attention this off-season (I’m looking at, like, 90% of you), today the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees are announced. I’m really hoping Tim Raines finally has his day.
The Cubs Convention is a little over two weeks away. Who’s going?