Getting down the nitt-gritty here. The focus is still on Ryan Dempster and, to a lesser extent, Matt Garza. The Cubs have a few other players to deal, such as LHP Paul Maholm, IF-OF Jeff Baker, OF Reed Johnson, RP Sean Camp, 1B-OF Bryan LaHair, and perhaps OF Alfonso Soriano. There is little doubt, however, that the best value the Cubs would receive would come from their two top starting pitchers. That will make or break the deadline, which is now less than 3 days away...
- 4:16 PM: Jon Heyman tweets that the Cubs proposed a Ryan Dempster and Alfonso Soriano package deal to the Dodgers, but so far nothing has come of that. One thing I've felt here is that the Cubs would rather add players to get a deal done than subtract from any prospect package.
- 4:13 PM: A slow day but here's a new rumor and a new name. The Mets and Cubs discussed Geovany Soto but didnt really get anywhere, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. More than likely, this was a buy low attempt by Sandy Alderson, so the Cubs probably aren't missing much here.
- 10:25 AM: Ken Rosenthal writes that the Cubs will not give a discount on Matt Garza for a minor injury, which is the right move. If he proves healthy, Garza will still have value in the offseason since there will be more teams in play and he'd still be worth a comp pick. Still some think he could be traded as he is less of a health risk than Josh Johnson, but one scout called it "unlikely".
- 9:19 AM: Buster Olney writes (insider required) that GMs might have a hard time selling Matt Garza to their bosses. The injury has left some uncertainty and may make more sense to a team like the Blue Jays, who are looking more to build for 2013 than 2012. Of course, if that's the case, then you could well see the Cubs hang on to Garza. The market is becoming limited because of Garza's injury and previous trades, but the market should open up again in the offseason. I'm now extremely doubtful Garza gets traded. The Jays may still be interested but it's hard to picture them paying full value right now.
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