A day after losing out on Brandon Webb, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Rangers that could end up being worth as much as $10 million, the Cubs turned their attention to other options.
According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs continue to look at acquiring Matt Garza and have talked to the Indians about Fausto Carmona.
The Cubs “continue to have conversations” with the Rays about Matt Garza, but it is unclear if the Rays are still looking to deal him.
Here is the update, including more on Matt Garza and Fausto Carmona and an updated attendees list for the upcoming Cubs Convention …
Matt Garza and Fausto Carmona
Bruce Levine reported on Monday “two potential pitchers may still be available via trade” the Rays’ Matt Garza and the Indians’ Fausto Carmona.
According to Levine’s report, “it’s unclear if Tampa will try to move Garza for minor league talent or retain him”; the right-hander “is scheduled to make close to $6 million in 2011, the second year of arbitration.”
One of the reasons the Rays might be willing to part with Garza is their “economic woes” and the possibility Garza could net the Rays “as many as three or four solid prospects.”
Levine indicated if the Rays and Cubs work out a deal Hak-Ju Lee and Robinson Chirinos would likely be a part of the trade.
Hak-Ju Lee projects as the Cubs’ shortstop of the future. Speculation has been once Lee is ready for the bigs, Starlin Castro would be forced to move to second or third base. In his report, Levine mentioned Castro could move to third if he continues to develop and “gets bigger and stronger as he approaches his mid-20s.”
Levine also reported that the Cubs and Indians had “talks at one time” about Fausto Carmona. The Indians are “said to be asking for teams’ top two prospects just to get started in serious discussions” about the 27-year old right-hander.
The Cubs Convention
Details on the Cubs Convention have begun to surface … and believe it or not, the 26th annual gathering kicks off just two weeks from Friday (January 14 – January 16).
Add Greg Maddux to the short list of this year’s attendees that was released last week. Maddux is scheduled to attend the fan fest according to a blurb in the latest issue of the VineLine.
Scheduled attendees for the 26th Cubs Convention
- Chris Archer
- Marlon Byrd
- Chris Carpenter
- Starlin Castro
- Tyler Colvin
- Jay Jackson
- D.J. LeMahieu
- Greg Maddux
- Carlos Marmol
- Mike Quade
- Carlos Pena
- Aramis Ramirez
- Kerry Wood
- Carlos Zambrano
Weekend passes are still available on Cubs.com. The weekend passes feature photos of current Cubs including Starlin Castro, Carlos Marmol and Alfonso Soriano.
A tribute to Ron Santo figures to be the most attended session of the weekend.
The CCO will continue to post details, as well as the schedule, for the weekend event as they are made available.
Notes from the CCO
The CCO on the Go … a fully mobile version of the CCO is now available and should redirect to your smart phone or any mobile device.
ChicagoCubsOnline is back in IE 7. The problems conflicting with Internet Explorer 7 and below have been fixed and there should not be any more issues.
The CCO’s 40-man roster has been updated with service years, remaining options and known salaries for the 2011 season … the Major League minimum will increase in 2011 to $414,000. Click here for the updated list or on the 40-man roster tab located at the top of the site.
And finally, the last tidbit from the self-promotion department … the CCO welcomed a new writer to the site over the weekend and between Tom and Patrick, the minor league coverage on the CCO will continue to improve.
For those keeping score at home, it’s only nine weeks until Spring Training.
Well, there’s the update … and I’m sticking to it.