The Cubs rotation continues to add new names and more may soon be on the way.
Paul Maholm has apparently agreed to sign with the Cubs. While no formal announcement has been made, Maholm tweeted the following,
I hope to get to continue some things when I visit during the year and start some great things as I start my Cubs career.
Looking forward to seeing the fans at Cubs convention this weekend and getting to know all the guys. It's gonna be fun.
We talked about this possible signing earlier today here on Cubs Den. The Maholm signing means there are moves to come as the Cubs need to create roster space.
One move that could happen soon is trading Matt Garza.
According to CSN's David Kaplan, the Cubs and Tigers are "down the road in discussions" centering around a Garza trade. When asked to clarify, Kaplan later said that down the road meant that the talk had progressed far beyond the initial stages.
Kevin Goldstein adds via Twitter that the Tigers are willing to part with Jacob Turner, but have been reluctant to include top position prospect Nick Castellanos.
Turner makes a very good centerpiece to a deal, according to Goldstein,
"Turner has great stuff and he will be in the big leagues to stay at a very young age. I would definitely consider that deal if I were the Cubs and he was a part of the trade."
As to other players involved in the deal, Kaplan speculates that LHP Casey Crosby could be part of the deal, but that may have more to do with his local ties, as Crosby is from Maple Park, IL.
Other names that have been mentioned in the past have been major league RHP Rick Porcello, MLB ready LHP Andy Oliver, and toolsy outfielder Avisail Garcia.
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