I'll be at the Cubs game today with my nephew, so I'll do the best I can to juggle that and any incoming rumors, though I know all of you do an excellent job of keeping up on them in the comments section too.
Of course, this also probably means Ryan Dempster gets traded at some point while I'm at the game and unable to access my c2omputer...
- 10:26 PM: The Royals and the Pirates are interested in Paul Maholm, according to Bruce Levine.
- 9:28 PM:Multiple tweets saying that Ryan Dempster will not make his next start.
- 9:08 PM: Ken Rosenthal tweets that Zach Lee is not going to be included in any Ryan Dempster trade.
- 8:20 PM: ESPN's Bruce Levine is reporting what Tom reported days ago, that the Dodgers have an offer on the table for Ryan Dempster.
- 4:52 PM: Back from yet another Cubs victory! Meanwhile, according to Jayson Stark, one source is saying that the Red Sox are officially out on Ryan Dempster but remain very interested in Matt Garza. This goes along with Buster Olney's article earlier that said the Red So are interested in long term pieces instead of rental. Garza isn't a long term piece, but he gives them an extra year and a comp pick if they don't re-sign him.
- 9:53 AM: ESPN's Buster Olney writes (insider only) that AL East execs once again wonder if Ryan Dempster is better off going to the NL West than the AL East. This time it's because it may hurt his value if he gets hit hard in the AL East. While that is the best division in baseball, that's often overplayed. There are players with lesser stuff and savvy doing just fine in the AL East. He also lists Matt Garza as one of the more marketable multi-year pitchers out there right now. But, of course, you already knew that.
- Paul Sullivan reports that Theo Epstein says what we've saying all along, ""In certain deals, it is (pitching)," Epstein said. "You can express a preference for pitching, but if you're dealing with a club that has better position player prospects and you feel the position players in a certain system are a safer bet or offer higher upside, I don't think it's right to pigeonhole yourself to one situation. As a whole, not specifically regarding potential deals, we need to add a lot of pitching to the system. It's not enough to have a handful or two. You need waves and waves coming through your system, and we don't have that. We hardly have even one wave coming, so we need to rebuild a lot of pitching depth." So yes, you get pitching if the team has it, but you can't force the situation. The Cubs are in dire need of talent and, while they are starting to improve the quality of their organization, there is still a ways to go. You can't say for certain that players like Soler, Baez, Almora and others will become stars, so you build as much depth as you can. If you have a logjam at one position later, you deal with it then. That said, the Cubs really need pitching, and they'll still focus on that in any return, but don't be surprised if they get a position player or two as well.
- In the same article, Epstein also reiterates another thing we've been saying here, that the Cubs aren't ready to spend big in the free agent pool....yet. "It's a nice way to add talent to an organization without giving up talent," he said. "But you can not make an organization that way. We have a lot of steps ahead of us that we need to take care of before we're in position to add a finishing piece or two through free agency. We'll always be on every free agent and see if it's the right player or the right value. But if we sat around and drew up a plan and had free agency as the answer to most of our problems, we'd be on a fool's errand there."
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