Let's fire up the rumor mill again. You guys seemed to like it so we'll try and do this until the deadline. In case you missed it, I altered the rumors drawing to look a bit more like Tom and me :)
- 9:47 PM: Bruce Levine reports that there are 10 teams interested in Ryan Dempster, including the White Sox. Other teams include the Dodgers, Yankees, Tigers, Indians, and Braves. One American League scout said, "You see a guy like that struggle with command and pace, (but) at the same time get all the important outs. Dempster makes it easy for me to call my GM and say, 'Get this guy now because he has such a great sense of how to get the job done (and) he will help you win each time he goes out there.'"
- 4:27 PM: Not directly related to the Cubs but the Braves got their SS. There was some speculation that Darwin Barney may have interested them, and he probably would have, but the cost would be prohibitive considering they just need a stopgap. The SS they acquired was Paul Janish, a plus defender with a light bat. In exchange, the Reds received pitcher Todd Redmond. Redmond is a 27 year old minor league veteran but he's put up good numbers and probably will get a shot with the Reds at some point.
- 2:32 PM: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that despite Alfonso Soriano's resurgence, there is little interest in the 36 year outfielder. As you might expect, it has more to do with his contract than his production. "They could trade him if they paid ($44 million of the $46 million) on his contract,''one rival GM surmised. My opinion on this is that if you're going to pay nearly his entire salary, and he's not blocking a prospect, then what's the point? They still won't get a great return for a 36 year old DH. As long as he's producing and teams want the Cubs to give him away and foot the bill, they may as well keep letting him produce here in Chicago. One scout, however, speculates that the Rays might be a good fit. Writes Heyman, "One scout suggested the Tampa Bay Rays who have struggled offensively this year. The hitter the Rays really need is recovering star, Evan Longoria, everyone agrees. But Soriano, who has 45 RBI to go with a .270 atting average, might help too. The Rays aren't exactly flush with cash, of course, but Chicago isn't expected to be unreasonable."
- 1:53 PM: Ofman reminds us in a tweet that technically, Ryan Dempster still has to approve a deal. LA is his preferred destination because of his friendship with Ted Lilly. Still, Dempster has said that he will go if it helps the team, so I think he'll go to Detroit if they made the better offer.
- 1:20 PM: Padilla has more on Jed Hoyer and trade talk. “Yeah, we’ve fielded quite a few [calls],” Hoyer said Saturday. “A lot of teams check in with everybody so you get a lot of those. You’ll talk to every GM just to see what they are doing and what they are thinking. Even if you don’t have a direct fit with them you might have an indirect fit so teams try to be as diligent as possible to talk to everyone....Certainly there are ways you can improve the organization by being in that situation but it’s frustrating because that means your record isn’t that good. It also means the players that are being asked about are good players and neither one is a positive. When you are in this situation, you think you have to do the best thing you can for the organization and you hope you aren’t in this position very often.”
- 11:20 AM: ESPN's Doug Padilla says that GM Jed Hoyer admits that calls have picked up since the all-star break ended.
- 11:16 AM: Ofman tweets that the Tigers actually prefer Matt Garza over Ryan Dempster.
- 10:25 AM: Our own Tom Loxas hears from an industry source that the Cubs are indeed willing to package Darwin Barney as part of a Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza deal. The feeling is he could significantly upgrade the prospect return. Another source, however, feels the Cubs will ultimately hang on to Barney because they greatly value his defense.
- 9:20 AM: George Ofman starts us off with a juicy rumor that the Cubs already have two deals on the table for Ryan Dempster, one from the Detroit Tigers and one from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ofman says that the offer from Detroit includes a young lefty, which would seem to mean either Andy Oliver, Casey Crosby or Adam Wilk. The latter two seem more likely to remain starters with Crosby having the better stuff (92-96 mph FB, curve, change) and Wilk being the more refined pitcher, but his upside is limited as a mix and match guy who's fastball does not touch 90. My guess here is that of the three arms, the Cubs prefer Crosby. As for the Dodgers, Ofman said the deal is for two young pitchers. He mentioned LHP Chris Withrow and RHP Garrett Gould in a past tweet. We've also talked about young Dodgers arms like LHP Chris Reed, and RHPs Allen Webster and Nate Eovaldi. Then, of course, there's Zach Lee, but that seems unlikely.
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