Chicago Cubs Rumors A’Hoppin’

Greetings from the Great White North. Okay, so it’s not ACTUALLY the Great White North, but as I’m closer to Winnipeg than Minneapolis, that’s what I’m calling it. And while it’s hard to blog about the Chicago Cubs when you haven’t been paying attention to the Chicago Cubs for, oh, 48 hours or so, let’s give it a shot.

rumorsOver at CBS Sports, Jon Heyman lists the Cubs as the top seller approaching the trade deadline:

Cubs: If they consent to trading hard-throwing starter Jeff Samardzija, they could hold an all-time sale. As it is, it isn’t half bad. Matt Garza leads a pretty nice list of available pitchers, and the timing couldn’t be better for Garza to go on the market, what with only three runs allowed over his past three starts. He’s definitely going to go, with the Rangers, Orioles, Jays,Giants, Padres and Dodgers among teams believed interested in the AL-tested right-hander. Scott Feldman is a nice starter as a consolation prize. Closer Kevin Gregg was perhaps the best spring pickup, and he’ll draw plenty of interest, with James Russell, Shawn Camp and swingman Carlos Villanueva as other possibilities. Nate Schierholtz is having a very nice year; Alfonso Soriano (who has 10-and-5 veto rights and probably won’t OK the West Coast) looks like he could be primed for another big second half; and Scott Hairston hits lefties like few others.

I’m a little skittish on trading Samardzija and Garza and Feldman, because honestly, where does that leave the Cubs in terms of building a solid pitching rotation to compete in the next 2-3 years? And mostly because, DEAR GOD, I can’t any more seasons like the last 3. I know we’re rebuilding here, but I need to see some kind of light at the end of the tunnel, for crying out loud.

Meanwhile, in trade rumors I still can’t believe are true, the Dodgers insist they can “fix” Carlos Marmol. Here’s the latest from  

6:54pm: If the Dodgers get Marmol, the Cubs would pay most, if not all, of the $5MM owed to him tweets Ken Gurnick of  The Cubs might also get a player recently removed from the Dodgers’ roster.  Gurnick doesn’t specify, but the recently DFA’dMatt Guerrierwould fit the bill.

4:27pm: The Dodgers are closing in on a trade to acquire Carlos Marmol from the Cubs,according to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago. Marmol was designated for assignment by the Cubs last week.

There are some hurdles left, as the Dodgers are on Marmol’s limited no-trade list, and he’s owed about $5MM for the rest of the season. The Dodgers are expected to absorb some of the salary and it’s unclear which player or players might be heading to Chicago, according to Levine.

So, just to recap, the Cubs would pay the Dodgers to take Mamol off their hands and might get another crappy, DFAed player in return. Sounds about right.

It wouldn’t be trade season if Ken Rosenthal didn’t weigh in with weird little things to say:

• Evidence of a team that doesn’t know how to win: The Cubs, at minus-10, have a better run differential than the Padres, Nationals, Giants, Phillies and Dodgers — but their 35-45 record is worse than any of those clubs’.

• Speaking of the Cubs, they are all but certain to trade potential free agents such as right-handers Matt Garza, Scott Feldman and Kevin Gregg but aren’t necessarily inclined to move outfielders David DeJesus and Nate Schierholtz, both of whom they control for 2014.

Schierholtz can be had for the right piece, sources say, but the Cubs can retain him for next season by offering him a raise on his current $2.25 million salary. DeJesus, currently on the DL, is the rare Cub who gets on base. Club officials also like his makeup, and they hold a $6.5 million option on his for ’14.

The Cubs are in Oakland tonight, which means a 9:05 pm start for all of us. Up here in the Great White North, I’ll still have an hour or so of daylight left at 9 pm. Cool, eh?

56 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Rumors A’Hoppin’

  1. cubsluver22 says:

    So Clevenger mouthed off to the Cubs and was told to pack his shit and head to his hotel room and wait for instructions. Rumor was he could be headed to marlins for Int Pool Money but now the Rangers have traded for some of the Marlins pool money and Clevenger is still in limbo.

  2. cubsluver22 says:

    By the end of today it’s possible to have Clevenger and Marmol off the roster. 1-2 Top international FA’s signed plus we could always sign Kris Bryant and the Cuban pitcher whom the Dodgers are supposedly going all in for. That’s if we don’t go ahead and trade Garza and others.

  3. cubsluver22 says:

    Plus its rumored that Sappelt is getting the call up but we still don’t know.

  4. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Actually, Guerrier is not as bad as some of the other Dodger pitchers.He is at the end of a contract, and the last game he pitched he gave up a few runs, and there was little or no offense.(Puig error caused one run to score)If he is thrown in for Marmol he could be put in the bullpen.

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      Cause we don’t have enough pitchers with near 5.00 era’s

      1. sloanpeterson2 says:

        I said if he was thrown in- I would not go out of my way to sign the guy otherwise….

  5. cubsluver22 says:

    RHP Jefferson Mejia from the Dominican Republic has signed w/ the Cubs. Supposedly gonna be 19 soon but has already been in trouble for lying about his age.

    1. sloanpeterson2 says:

      What, he’s actually 30?

      1. cubsluver22 says:

        Anyone’s guess but our luck yeah he probably took his brother’s name or something and is about to turn 30

  6. cubsluver22 says:

    Look like the Cubs Signed SS Gleyber Torres, who was the top Int’s FA

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      Actually #2 FA

  7. cubsluver22 says:

    Keep the moves coming Theo. Today could be a huge day for us longterm.

  8. cubsluver22 says:

    If we can trade for 1/2 to 1 million in cap space looks like we can afford to sign Eloy Jimenez.

  9. Doc Blume says:

    So, Julie, if you are in the Great White North, does that mean you are on a skiing trip?

    1. juliedicaro says:

      It’s summer up here, too.

  10. cubsluver22 says:

    Guess were working on the #17 prospect now

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      RHP named Erlie Moreno

  11. dabirdguy says:

    Feldman and clevenger to the O’s for
    Bonus money and 2 stiffs

    1. dabirdguy says:

      Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop

  12. Doc Blume says:

    It’s strange that we have a trade with the Orioles and we never had any rumors of Brian Roberts being involved to precede it.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      It’s not just strange, it’s downright suspicious.

  13. Doc Blume says:

    Chris Rusin will pitch tonight in Feldman’s place.

  14. cubsluver22 says:

    Actually descent haul for 6 million dollar gamble. Hopefully we sign The other top kid now

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I feel like the Cubs were rushing to get the IFA money…I would have thought they could have gotten a bit more for Feldman closer to the trade deadline.

      1. cubsluver22 says:

        Feldman can turn bad quick. I think they did the right thing and auctioned him off to the highest bidder.

  15. dabirdguy says:

    Marmol to LA Dodgers for Matt Guerrier

    1. sloanpeterson2 says:

      I called that one yesterday. Good to know I am right for a change….

  16. cubsluver22 says:

    Torreyes kid has been traded too

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      To the Astros for more slot money

  17. cubsluver22 says:

    Eloy Jimenez signing next please Theo

  18. juliedicaro says:

    To recap:

    Feldman/Clevenger to Orioles for Strop/Arrieta/$, Marmol/$ to Dodgers for Matt Guerrier, and Ronald Torreyes for Astros #2 & 3 international signing bonus slots. Letst you doubt how much I care about you guys, I’m updating this page from a boat in the middle of a lake. #Cubs

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      Clap clap

    2. sloanpeterson2 says:

      What’s the name of the boat?

      1. Doc Blume says:

        The Andrea Doria.

      2. cubsluver22 says:

        Ian Express

  19. cubsluver22 says:

    Sappelt called up and Sweeney to the 60 day DL. Sounds like all of our new pitchers will join the major league team.

  20. cubsluver22 says:

    Just total nonsense trade idea but what about a Garza, Arrieta, and Valbuena to the Padres for Max Fried, Headley, and prospects ???

  21. Doc Blume says:

    This day is kinda insane.

  22. Doc Blume says:

    The Cubs have added almost $1 million in bonus pool money for international players.

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      We could possible get 3 players all the top prospect from their respective countries.

  23. juliedicaro says:

    This is the internet equivalent of that July 31 game last year when all the Cubs players kept disappearing from the dugout.

  24. Doc Blume says:

    With all the players the Cubs are axing off their roster, it’s like the end of the Godfather…but I’m still waiting for Moe Green to take a bullet through his eye.

    1. sloanpeterson2 says:

      Are the Cubs going to run a disclaimer before the game in case anyone else is traded during the game?

  25. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Good news is that Feldman get rewarded by going to a team in the pennant race..

  26. cubsluver22 says:

    Marmol is going to the minors hahahahahaha

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Where is the fun in that?


  27. Doc Blume says:

    Paul Sullivan is suggesting that Shawn Camp might be done as a Cub soon.

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      Thank god, That will be the open spot we need. There now saying Arrieta will go to Iowa

  28. cubsluver22 says:

    We just signed a catcher from the DR names Matos

  29. cubsluver22 says:

    Hetman is reporting we have already shot down a trade request from the Pads for Arrieta

  30. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Kasten of the Dodgers told the LA Times that the Dodgers are prepared to spend hundreds of millions of $$ so that they can rebuild their farm system “within 3-5 years.”… Does throwing money at prospects really work?

    1. cubsluver22 says:

      It’s gonna bite em sooner rather than later. Hey sloan any word on the 26 yr old Cuban Pitcher? Read a lot about him but everyone keeps saying not gonna sign him cause Dodgers are gonna outbid everyone. Any word just how good the kid is?

      1. sloanpeterson2 says:

        Not a lot of information,just was some people saw him pitch last year…

    2. Doc Blume says:

      Um…with the current collective bargaining agreement, that would be pretty hard to do.

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