Yesterday we saw three players get traded in Geovany Soto, Paul Maholm, and Reed Johnson with the Cubs acquiring RHPs Arodys Vizcaino, Jaye Chapman, and Jacob Brigham. Get the details here. Today Ryan Dempster should be traded and the Cubs are also working to move Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano. As we saw with Soto, however, anybody could be traded, so keep it here for quality information on the prospects the Cubs get in return...
1:32 PM: Need a cheat sheet for all the days trades. Bullpen Brian has it for you here.
1:01 PM: It appears the Cubs were zoned in on Allen Webster and the Dodgers would not budge, so the Cubs have disengaged talks according to Tom Verducci of MLB Network (h/t Brett Bleacher Nation). Cubs are now talking to two suitors, the Yankees and a "mystery team" on Dempster. Two hours to go. Hang on to your hats.
11:36 PM: Just got back from getting some coffee and find that a Ryan Dempster trade with the Dodgers seems imminent. Jim Bowden tweets, "Dodgers getting Dempster.....final dotting of i's and crossing of t's being worked on......" The Cubs have been asking for Allen Webster, who's a great fit in my opinion, or possibly Chris Reed, who immediately would become their top LHP prospect. Garrett Gould is also a possibility, though he's a step down from the other two, in my opinion. He'd still probably be the Cubs 2nd best SP prospect after Vizcaino, however - at least at the A ball level or higher.
10:50 PM: David Kaplan tweets the an NL scouts take on Arodyz Vizcaino, "If Vizcaino comes back to form after his surgery this deal could haunt the Braves. He is really good."
9:36 AM: The Cubs will get either a PTBNL or cash considerations in addition to RHP Jacob Brigham in the deal that sent Geo Soto to the Rangers. It's likely contingent on performance/games played factors.
9:34 AM: Jayson Stark tweets that the Yankees have denied interest in Dempster.
9:16 AM: More good news on Cubs pitchers. Tom hears that the Blue Jays believe Matt Garza is healthy and they will make a big push for him. We have also heard from a different source that the Cubs have scouted the Jays organization heavily.
8:40 AM: The always informed David Kaplan has an excellent piece of news for us this morning. There are three suitors for Dempster and it is expected that he will accept a deal to any of those three teams. The other two teams involved are the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees. Both teams are looking for starters but are looking for something cheaper than the top guys on the market, such as Matt Garza. We'd also heard in the past that the cost of RHPs Josh Johnson and James Shields were prohibitive. All 3 teams have interesting pitching prospects to deal, so this obviously bears watching. Kaplan writes that a source told him...
"However, with three teams seriously involved, it won't be cheap to acquire him even though it is potentially a three-month rental."
"Dempster has made it clear to Cubs management that he would like to play in Los Angeles but he also understands that Epstein and Hoyer have a job to do and he will not stand in their way if it means that the best deal is somewhere else," a source with knowledge of the discussions told me this morning. "He never told them he would only go to LA, he only said that he wanted time to make the best decision for him and his family and that is his right as a 10/5 [10 years in the majors, the lat five with your current team] man. Ryan is serious about wanting to win a World Series and he will approve a deal if it gives him that chance. People who have been critical of him about the Atlanta deal don't have all of the facts."
Good news indeed to start the morning!
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