Cubs agree to sign Maholm, get closer on Matt Garza deal

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.

Then later,

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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  • John.... Gr8 write up. Thanks for summarizing the story!

  • In reply to GoCubs:

    Thanks. I have written so much on Maholm now I figured I'd keep it short. Hopefully more to update later on Garza.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Just walk away from your computer now--my guess would be that by the time you get back to it tomorrow, Garza would be traded! :)

  • In reply to GoCubs:

    That's probably what's going to happen. So far off the top of my head I was out for the Hendry firing, Theo hiring, Marshall trade, and Cashner trade...what are the odds that it will happen again tomorrow?

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I say the odds are very good that you are gonna miss another "move" by the Cubs tomorrow! Use your smartphone to stay tuned! :)

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    John, i'm stoked about the Maholm signing, lefty starters tend to hit their stride when they approach 30 don't they?? I would love Porcello too, who do you think the Cubs would move in addition to Garza off the 40 man?? Wells?? Coleman?? Just wondering who you thought it may be

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    A lot of lefties seem to be late bloomers, so maybe we get lucky. I'll take Maholm's usual solid performance, though.

    As for Garza trade, I'm hoping for a major league ready guy like Porcello, but I'm guessing it's going to be one of the lefty prospects now.

    Coleman is a possibility, especially if Porcello comes back. Tigers may also want bullpen help now that Al Albuquerque is hurt. That's just my speculation, though. I've got nothing to back that up right now.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Oh...Garza and Mormol for Turner, Catelanos and 2 other prospects?

  • In reply to GoCubs:

    Don't know one way or the other if they'd be interested in Marmol. I know that he hasn't been attracting much, if any, interest on his own. Maybe a different story as part of a package deal.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Just guessing since the #s for AA matches up with Mormols... :)

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I don't know how ValVerde would react with having Marmol around...The guys a headcase!! If Detroit would take him, that would be great

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    John, is Al Albequrque the same guy we dealt for Jeff Baker a few years back??
    Are your sources saying that the deal is close??

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    Yes to your first Q.

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    In reply to GoCubs:

    Thanks GoCubs...With a name like that, the odds are there aren't 2 playing MLB within a couple of years with each other..

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    Same guy. Had a great year. I actually don't have anything new on whether this was close. I'm going off the Kaplan story on this one.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Kaps been pretty spot on this offseason..Lets hope it continues..He usually doesn't let loose till somethings imminent..

  • Whatever my thoughts were that when the Cubs got Gorzelanny are the exact feelings I have towards Maholm. I think it can be summed up in three words..." I guess so"....

    Turner and Castellanos sounds like a great start to me. The third and fourth guys will be key. Does this leave Shark out in the cold...? Ehh. This upcoming season is going to try Cubs fans souls.... At least until June when Ben Grieve III gets called up to play first base and Brian LaHair gets traded to the Indians for that second wild card push. (what do you think Arguello? To early for the Anthony Rizzo Ben Grieve comparisons...? I say if you're gonna take a stand, take an effin stand.)

    Maholm, Volstad, and Wood, oh my! Maholm, Volstad and Wood, oh my! Maholm, Volstad and wood oh my!!!!

  • In reply to felzz:

    Maholm's just a guy, nothing to really get excited about but a solid back of the rotation guy, though he'll likely be more than that with this team.

    I think it's too early to tell what kind of player Rizzo will be in the majors based on what he did last year if that's what you're asking. Most scouts seem to still like him, so I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt until he proves otherwise.

  • At the rate the Cubs are acquiring starters, Dempster may be able to start opening day, and then rest until after the all star break.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    LOL...they have built quite a collection of arms.

  • This has been the most active and best offseason I can remember. And the best part, and I know people may think I'm nuts, is that we have a whole new group looking to prove themselves...a whole new YOUNG group willing to go out there and give it there all every day. Why can't we make some noise this year in the NL Central? Given what the Central has gone through with all the big sluggers. I mean, I'm not totally optimistic, I'm just saying you never know. Especially with alot of young guys just playing as hard as they can and not knowing any better.

  • In reply to apalifer:

    "willing to go out there and give it there all every day"....YES! I understand the suggestions that this will be a long year for fans but this point is why I believe I will take more pleasure in watching this year's roster than one filled with a bunch of disinterested, underachieving millionaires.

  • In my opinion ,the Cubs are doing everything right this off season. Theo and Co. know that the more good arms you have the better , Maholm being another example. As for Garza, it seems the Tigers are beginning to break down and I believe, will give the Cubs what they are looking for . The Cubs , IMO, will get Jacob Turner at least and probably get another eliete prospect or two. I'm going to change my prediction and say Garza is traded before opening day.

  • This is really good pickup to me maholm will help the rotation a lot and with all this depth do you see the cubs trading dempster or at the trade deadline to a contender? Also if we could get the garza deal done would turner be in the mlb starting
    rotation or minors?
    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to Chicago Cubs Fan 24:

    Sorry, I missed this question earlier. If the Cubs were to acquire Turner, I believe he would start the year in AAA. The Cubs don't need to rush him and they have plenty of veterans to hold the fort right now. It would make for an interesting mid-season though when the Cubs could call up a trio of top prospects in Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, and Jacob Turner. Some pretty nice reinforcements.

  • Another great pick up by Theo & Co. Any details on the number of years and $?

  • In reply to lokeey:

    1 yr / $4.25M w/ club option for 2013 @ $6.5M....$500k buyout.

    Pretty good deal....especially the club option instead of a player option!

  • In reply to cowboy2024:

    Wow! Not bad deal at all.

    Spendry probably would've worked a $2.5M player option. LOL!!!

  • In reply to cowboy2024:

    You guys up for taking bets on how long before Garza gets moved? Between this signing and the reports from yesterday, I bet a tentative deal gets announced today.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    Some kind of move will have to be made to clear room on the 40-man roster for Maholm. Whether that comes on the form of a trade (Garza, Fonzi) or a younger guy, I'm sure Theo and Jed will be creative.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    Was going to write something up later. Not sure it's that close yet, but there appear to be a few "loose" offers out there, including one by the Tigers, of course.

  • In reply to cowboy2024:

    Excellent deal by Theo and Jed. Great value.

  • Sounds like the price is still high for Garza. From chicagosports.com:

    "The Cubs have been listening to offers for Garza this offseason, but are only willing to trade him for four top prospects."

    If they can get anything close to that, it would be amazing. To give up basically Archer and Lee, and use Garza for a season, and get 3-4 guys back would be downright amazing.

  • In reply to bwenger:

    Keep it high. I'm all for that. Not worth trading him unless it makes team better down the road. There has to be a tradeoff with some team that has a shot to win it in the next couple of years vs. a team like the Cubs who are looking 3-4 years down the road.

  • John:
    I'm popping Tums and constantly refreshing my browser dying to hear Garza news, and trying to fathom the brass ones it takes for Theo and Jed to stare down all comers trying to get the best deal for Garza. Can I say for the millionth time how glad I am to have a super-star management team now methodically running baseball operations for us?

    Love your blog!

  • In reply to Ryno2Grace:

    Thanks Ryno2Grace!

    I feel the same way. I'm actually looking forward to deals happening and excited by the value they get in return when they happen. If the Cubs would have signed Maholm with Hendry, it seems like it would have been done in November and for too many years and too much money.

  • Sinkerballer, lefthanded pitcher, doesn't give up many homers. I see a pattern here. I wouldn't be surprised if when it's time to hit the free agent market, we go after some power lefthanded hitters, since that seems to be Jepstein's take on how you win at Wrigley. (Fielder might've been a perfect signing in two, three years. Too bad those rumors about him accepting a 3-year deal seem to be wrong. Who knows, maybe the Cubs started those rumors, just in hopes of.) Though I hope they wait and get a firsthand feel for how Wrigley plays first. I've been watching Cubs games for 30 years now, and I never got the feeling that right field was particularly homerun friendly. Left field, yes. Left-center and right-center, probably just because they're power alleys. But it seems like there aren't a lot of homers hit to right, be it the wind patterns or that nook in the wall or whatever.

  • In reply to Carne Harris:

    Definite pattern. Think we may see that high grass again at Wrigley and get that home field advantage!

    Wrigley not really a HR park early in the season either, so nice to see the Cubs building a team that can win with pitching and defense.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    And baserunning! Christ, I miss baserunning. Sometimes I photoshop a Cubs jersey on Vince Coleman just to pretend.

  • Kaplan with a report this morning that Kerry Wood won't be back with the Cubs. Very surprising if this is indeed the case.

  • In reply to Zorb:

    I think it's mostly his speculation so I'm still hoping he gets back. I know he's just a reliever and easily replaceable on the field -- but I like the guy, what can I say?

  • Carne, seems to me that a left handed power hitter would have an advantage. If my 50 years of Cubs baseball memories is still good, the vast proportion of "wind blowing in days" , the wind comes in from left to left center. This would be a cross wind and not necessarily effect well hit balls to right field???

    Maybe Jed and Theo are onto something that in my memory has never been tried at Wrigley. Might be interesting!

  • In reply to HankW:

    Might be fun to make celebrities out of the buildings on the other side of the street for a change.

  • Decided to look at wind direction frequency and found this info on homeruns vrs. wind at Wrigley

    Frequencies HR Rates
    Out In Oth Stl Out In Oth Stl

    CHC 17.5% 27.3% 52.1% 3.1% 23.2% 13.7% 17.0% 16.3

    According to the poster, the wind in the "other" category at Wrigley is predominately a NW wind blowing from left to right. This would in most circumstances favor a left handed hitter.

    So if you add up the numbers, the wind at Wrigley favors a left handed hitter nearly 70% of the time and only favors a right handed hitter around 21% of the time. Have we been missing something for 104 years? lol

  • okay,, that didn't post right,, will redo it

  • The way it's going now I think Garza will be gone a week, at the most. When there's enough chatter about a certain team ( i.e. Tigers) getting a player, nine times out of ten it happens. As for Kerry Woods, he is a good guy, but it appears that Wood wants to finish his career with a pennant contender , if that's the case , I don't blame him

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    From what I understand, it's very likely to happen. There are multiple interested parties and some motivation on both sides.

  • Frequency:
    Wind blowing out : 17.5%
    Wind blowing in : 27.3%
    Cross wind: (L to R) 52.1%
    Still Wind 3.1%

  • In reply to HankW:

    Nice work, Hank!

  • In reply to HankW:

    Yeah, good stuff, Hank. I know it varies greatly month to month, I wonder how it changes with start times.

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    I see Detroit as a trade partner for Garza has passed resigning him again in the poll. How fickle we are :)

  • In reply to Kevin Heckman:

    Very true!

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