In continuation of my last post we further the conversation I had with a trusted scout. We talked about the Cubs players that may be of interest coming up at the trade deadline and in general his opinion on the roster.
Here are some of this thoughts on the Cubs roster;
When I asked if the league had caught up to the Cubs first baseman he said his main concern was that he couldn’t hit left handed pitching. He also was in agreement the Cubs could be protecting his value by not having him face any lefties of late.
Overall he says LaHair should garner some value for a team looking for some LH pop whether it be for a DH or 1B.
He believes someone would take a flyer on Marmol just because of the power arm he could supply at the end of a bullpen. However, he says he could never recommend Marmol to his club due to his control issues.
“My GM would kill me,” he said.
He thought that there is still enough pop left in his bat (proven of late) that a team would take him on as a DH, especially against LHP.
He says Sori’s legs have been an issue over the last 2 seasons and he just can’t play the outfield anymore, though he was surprised no one ever tried him at first base. Of course he says Cubs would have to eat virtually everything left on his deal to have any chance to move him.
He agrees with what John and I have been hearing all along. The Cubs have been seeking a #1 package in return for what most clubs view as a “strong 2” in his opinion. He says he would advise the Cubs front office that they keep him.
“He is young enough to build around” he says.
Now here was the most surprising opinion, though he stressed it was just his take. He thinks Shark is a #3 at best, and probably would still be better off as a closer with his stuff.
“He still makes too many mistakes and doesn’t trust his fastball”.
He then added that Samardzija could capitalize on his harder stuff in a closer role.
“He relies too much on his secondary stuff; I’d like to see more of the 96-97”.
Ultimately he just would like to see the Cubs not bounce him back and forth and compared Shark to Daniel Bard of Boston.
As far as the rest of the team he says if the Cubs wanted to they could get something for Darwin Barney and Tony Campana. He thinks they both could be useful to a lot of clubs.
This speaks to what John has been saying about Barney. Other teams around the league seem to appreciate him more than Cubs fans do.
Lastly he did say he was not a fan of Steve Clevenger, though he didn’t say if that was just as a starting catcher.
So if the Cubs want to eat a ton of money they could probably find takers for Soriano and Marmol and they may or may not find enough to deal Garza.
All in all, the Cubs are motivated sellers and everyone except Starlin Castro and Samardzija have been made clear to clubs that they are available.
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