Category: trades

Paring to (and Through?) the Core... the Conclusion

“When my fist clenches, crack it open.Before I use it and lose my cool.When I smile, tell me some bad news.Before I laugh and act like a fool.” Let’s try this again… I was attempting to carry my previous article into the various trade scenarios being bantered about in the media. Click-bait articles abound, with... Read more »

Cubs Complete Furious Deadline Landing Castellanos and Wieck

Cubs Complete Furious Deadline Landing Castellanos and Wieck
The trade deadline came and went with the Cubs only adding Tony Kemp to the beleaguered second place club. After about twenty minutes news rolled in that the Cubs completed three separate deals right at the wire. Cubs OF prospect Jimmy Herron was dealt for international bonus money. The Cubs had spent virtually all of... Read more »

Paper Clip Trade Results in Utility Player Tony Kemp's Arrival

Paper Clip Trade Results in Utility Player Tony Kemp's Arrival
In June 2011, Jim Hendry was finally given a real budget to spend on the June amateur draft. The farm system was barren despite the team missing the postseason the previous two seasons. The Cubs selected Javier Báez first in a franchise altering pick, but with a fair amount of fanfare added beefy Daniel Vogelbach... Read more »
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Cubs Pluck Phelps from Jays

Cubs Pluck Phelps from Jays
The Cubs made a flurry of roster moves ahead of the series starting in St. Louis tonight. It began with Pedro Strop finally being placed on the IL. Duane Underwood is getting the call tonight to give Maddon the requisite number of arms for the game, but it very likely will be a very short... Read more »

Scary Collision and Leonys Martin

Scary Collision and Leonys Martin
Last night I had flashes of 2001. A good defensive Cubs fielder careened into part of a Busch Stadium and was left writhing in pain after the encounter. The initial news on Albert Almora is very positive, and suggests that this is likely to be a day to day injury. Albert Almora Jr. left tonight's... Read more »

The Sanity of the Jose Quintana Deal

The Sanity of the Jose Quintana Deal
So that happened. It is so nice to see everyone in town getting along so well. This trade just made so much sense for both sides of town. I just never thought it would happen. Thankfully, the GM on the south side is more interested in building an organization rather than about crosstown silliness. The... Read more »
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Cubs acquire Jose Quintana for Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease and two others

Cubs acquire Jose Quintana for Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease and two others
In the first blockbuster of the Major League trade season the Chicago Cubs and their crosstown rivals completed an unexpected deal with the Cubs sending their top two prospects, OF Eloy Jimenez and RHP Dylan Cease, in exchange for one of the most reliable left handed starters in all of baseball the past five years,... Read more »

The Cubs and the 800-Pound Gorilla

The Cubs and the 800-Pound Gorilla
For those not familiar with the analogy of the 800-pound gorilla, it is describing something that is so obvious that no one can ignore it, but at the same time so frightening and terrible that it is incomprehensible to acknowledge. The Cubs are now living with an 800-pound gorilla, and what they do with it... Read more »

Cubs acquire Jacob Turner for 2 minor leaguers

Cubs acquire Jacob Turner for 2 minor leaguers
Per Keith Law, it is a done deal, Cubs acquire RHP Jacob Turner from Marlins for a couple of minor leaguers. Love this pickup for Chicago. While we don’t yet know who those prospects are, the fact that Law loves this trade suggests that they aren’t major prospects – and I don’t think he’s one... Read more »
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Cubs deal Emilio Bonifacio, James Russell to Braves for catching prospect Victor Caratini

That Emiio Bonifacio was going to be traded was not exactly the best kept secret.  It also wasn’t surprising that the Cubs would also trade one of their LH relievers, who turned out to be James Russell. Lately it seems that rather than make separate deals, the Cubs prefer to consolidate and get one good... Read more »