There’s still nothing official happening with the Cubs. Julie’s inside source (Todd Ricketts) has been busy playing with all his new Christmas toys, so hasn’t been much of a source. My only source (Phil Rogers’ dog) has only been whispering to Crazy Uncle Phil, so that’s where we’ll start today.
Kyle Drabek, who was seen as the key to the Blue Jays’ Roy Halladay trade with the Phillies, is being dangled to the Cubs in talks for Matt Garza. He had a nightmare 2011 but some scouts believe he can regain his value if he stops trying to learn a cutter.
Oh, great. Just what we need. A once-heralded prospect coming off a bad year. Maybe someone else has just what the doctor ordered?
I don’t know anything of Turner or Oliver, but Porcello? He’s only 23, but has three full years in MLB under his belt. His ERA is 4.54, WHIP is 1.38, but the most alarming of his numbers is 4.84 K/9. It was slightly improved in 2011 at 5.14, but is that the kind of young pitcher Theo and company are looking for? I’d guess not. But back to the whispers.
Andre Ethier, who is one year away from free agency, is high on Theo Epstein‘s wish list. He’s the type of guy the Cubs president might look to acquire at midseason in the hope of keeping him around, like the Reds did with their surprising trade for Scott Rolen in 2009.
What would it take to get Ethier? I’m guessing a lot. And he’s probably high on just about every GM’s wish list.
While Andre Ethier seems like a pipe dream, the chance of getting Yoenis Cespedes seems slightly greater.
The Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are said to be among the main bidders for Cespedes, who will be granted citizenship in the Dominican Republic. Citizenship is the first hurdle for Cespedes and his American agent, Adam Katz, to get over in order for the outfielder to be signed to a major league contract.
Katz hosted private workouts for numerous teams in November and the Cubs top brass, including President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and VP of scouting and player development, Jason McLeod all flew to the Dominican Republic on Nov. 22.
We’re revisiting Matt Garza to round out today’s headlines, with Jon Heyman reporting that it’s a five team derby for the peppy starter.
There is “no real favorite” in the five-team Matt Garza sweepstakes, according to someone familiar with the talks.
The teams involved the derby for the 28-year-old Cubs righthander at this point are the Yankees, Blue Jays, Tigers, Red Sox and Marlins. With the Cubs seeking young pitchers, it would seem that the Yankees, Blue Jays and Tigers could hold an edge ultimately. The Yankees have Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, the Tigers Jacob Turner and the Blue Jays several well-regarded prospects at the lower levels. The Cubs are hoping to improve their young pitching stock, and Garza is the most marketable player they’re willing to deal.
He also says that the Red Sox might try and make Garza part of a deal that would include the still-undecided compensation for Theo.