Some are thinking Matt Garza's last start with the Cubs may have indeed been his last start as a Cub. We shall see...
I'm off to Kane County tonight so hopefully they hold off for one more night.
News and Notes
- ESPN's Buster Olney reports, that "The Cubs are "making progress" in trade negotiations surroundin Matt Garza, and they're actively talking with the Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Indians and Dodgers. They may also still be involved in talks with the Orioles as well as other NL West teams."
- Eduardo Encina, a beat writer for the Baltimore Sun tweeted that the Orioles turned down an offer (h/t to Cubs Den reader @chistyle82) for Garza before making the deal for Feldman. The trade would have sent 21 year old AAA SS/2B Jonathan Schoop and LHP Eduardo Rodriguez to the Cubs. Frankly, I think that was a pretty fair deal and if the Orioles did indeed turn it down, it would seem to me that A) they either overvalue their prospects or B) the lack of depth in the system prevented them from pulling the trigger. Those two may well be their best prospects other than Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman -- and there is not much after that.
- In case you missed it, we heard earlier regarding the Blue Jays that the Cubs may have been interested in a package that included former top prospect Kyle Drabek and LHP Sean Nolin. Both pitchers could conceivably join the rotation next year. It's believed there was a 3rd prospect involved.
- Olney also talked to Jason Stark on the Baseball Tonight podcast. According to MLB Trade Rumors, "Olney said he'd be "shocked" if Garza was still on the Cubs by the All-Star break, but Stark hears that the Cubs may prefer to wait for a team to meet their price, even if it means waiting until the end of July. Stark and Olney agree that Garza will have the highest price tag of any player on the trade market.
- With all due respect to Olney, I think I agree with Stark on the note above. That sounds more like Epstein and Hoyer than rushing a deal to get one done. Garza is their last good short term asset they can cash in and I can't imagine them settling for less than what they believe is his full worth just to get it done early. That doesn't necessarily mean a deal won't get done early -- but I believe a team will have to step up and meet their demands to entice the Cubs to trade before the deadline.
- Sappelt CF
- Castro SS
- Navarro C
- Soriano LF
- Ransom 3B
- Rizzo 1B
- Hairston RF
- Barney 2B
- Samardzija SP
What to Watch:
- Felzz: Dave Sappelt- With center fielders going down and trade rumors abound, a player like Sappelt could grab himself a spot with some inspired play. Don't think he will. But he could. So an extra inspired effort might be in the cards.
- John: Jeff Samardzija caused some waves when he voiced his displeasure about losing Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger. That didn't sit to well with some. A bad outing isn't going to make it any easier so he needs to rise to the occasion and pitch well. Knowing Samardzija, he'll go out on the mound and pitch a great game.
- Tom: I'm looking for the new bullpen guys to make an impact today.
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