No deals for the Cubs yet but there's been some light chatter about players the Cubs might be moving and acquiring...
According to SI's Jon Heyman (via twitter)...
#cubs told at least 1 team that would need to be overwhelmed to even consider trading Garza.
This is something I've been saying since the idea of trading Garza first surfaced. When Epstein says Garza is exactly the kind of player he wants to build around, he means it. This is a 27 year old top of the rotation pitcher who's under team control for two more years.
I've mentioned a couple of times that it would take a Zach Greinke like deal. Earlier today, Bleacher nation tweeted about a source that made the same comparison. In that deal, the Royals received a #1 prospect from the previous year (#12 overall), the #1 prospect from that year (#69 overall), RHP Jake Odorizzi, and the #3 prospect RHP Jeremy Jeffers (#100 overall) and Lorenzo Cain, the team's #8 prospect the year before.
When we're talking about top 12 prospects (both former and current), we're talking abot guys like SS Jurickson Profar, LHP Martin Perez, 3B Brett Lawrie, C-1B Jesus Montero, LHP Manny Banuelos, or the Tigers RHP Jacob Turner. A top 12 guy is an elite prospect. It's going to take that kind of player to headline any deal.
Here are some other notes....
- The Marlins have agreed to a 6 year, $106M deal with SS Jose Reyes and presumably plan to move Hanley Ramirez to 3B. Some have speculated as to whether they should trade Ramirez, but trading 3B prospect Matt Dominguez may be more likely. Dominguez had just a .258/.312/.431 line in AAA, but he plays outstanding defense and some feel his bat may still come around.
- Tweet from Danny Knobler of CBS Sports: "Other teams believe Cubs will try for Pujols, but only with shorter term offer with high AAV (avg $ per yr)”. This is something we briefly speculated on before. Pujols has an incredible 9 year/$210M offer from the Cardinals but hasn't taken it. Could it be because the annual average salary is "only' $23M? Pujols is the best player in the game right now and deserves to get paid like it -- at least in the short term. And perhaps a 4 or 5 year deal with a higher AAV might entice him to leave St.Louis -- along with a whole lot of long-term money on the table. Personally, I'm not overly optimistic about that and I'm still not convinced that the Cubs are completely serious about signing Pujols.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks are also in on Ian Stewart though it's not known what they are offering. Stewart will cost the Cubs less in terms of players and has more power than Chase Headley but he's a lesser player overall, so I have to think he's plan B at best right now.
- Should also add that the D'Backs are also working on a deal with potential Cubs target Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda is said to be willing to settle for just a one year deal -- but at a $12-$13M price tag.
- Jon Morosi of Fox Sports (via twitter) #Padres getting hits on Headley, Bartlett, Hudson. I expect them to trade at least one of them by spring training.
- SI's Will Carroll reports via twitter that "Jair Jurrjens' knee is holding a lot of teams back on him. That's a situation likely to go chronic." If true, that would weaken an already weak pitching market, making guys like Garza even more valuable.
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