Update: Well if something didn't seem quite right about this deal, then it could be for good reason. Neither Tom nor I have found someone who would confirm this rumor. If something changes and we hear something new, we'll re-update.
Well, this is a bit surprising. After building a 7 deep rotation, the Cubs are now said to be pursuing an old favorite here at Cubs Den, RHP Rick Porcello (h/t Paris).
It seems, however, that Detroit and Chicago aren't a great match, so Baltimore is also involved. The Tigers want JJ Hardy. If you want names, one twitter speculation (h/t Jordan) is that the Cubs would trade LHP Travis Wood and SS-3B Junior Lake to the Orioles. If this is true, the guess is that Manny Machado moves back to SS and Lake plays 3B. I cannot verify those names at all on my end, so take that with a grain of salt.
I'd do this deal because I think Porcello is an upgrade over Wood. They do lose Lake in the process, but he wasn't going to be a factor in 2013 and his long term future is also in doubt because his lack of a defensive home right now. The Cubs also have more highly rated prospects right behind him.
Another benefit of the deal is that it would open up a roster spot to officially add Carlos Villanueva.
I'm still scrambling to catch up as I'm just getting back from the doc, whose name is David Gilmour, by the way. Told him I had a fever...my hands felt just like two balloons. He totally got the reference. Turns out he's a fan.
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