Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 07/30/12

Game One Hundred One: Cubs (42-58) vs. Pirates (58-43)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Justin Germano (0-1, 1.04/1.38) vs. Erik Bedard (5-11, 4.32/1.45)

With the trade deadline looming (Tuesday at 3:00pm CDT), the team that takes the field Tuesday night could look much different from the one that suits up for tonight’s opener against the Pirates. The Cubs are coming off back-to-back wins against the Cardinals and look to keep rolling behind Justin Germano.

The Cubs took two of three from the Pirates last week in Pittsburgh and are 18-10 since June 25, winning seven of their last nine series (7-1-1). The Cubs have played much better at Wrigley this season (26-22) than on the road (16-36) and have won 12 of the last 15 at the old ballyard.

Dale Sveum’s team is 2-4 against the Pirates this season and due to the schedule makers the Battlin’ Bucs are making their first trip of the year to Wrigley Field. The Cubs do not match up well against the Pirates and it could be a very difficult series, especially with the changes that are likely coming to the big league roster.

After tonight’s matchup of Justin Germano and Erik Bedard, Ryan Dempster is penciled in as Tuesday’s starter against A.J. Burnett. Most think Dempster will still be wearing another uniform before Tuesday’s night game. Travis Wood is scheduled to face Jeff Karstens in the finale on Wednesday afternoon.

In other newsDale Sveum described Justin Germano as a crafty righty during Sunday’s pre-game press conference. Sveum also addressed whether or not the Cubs would be calling up Josh Vitters to take over at third for the slumping Luis Valbuena.

Dale Sveum acknowledged the improvement Josh Vitters has made this season offensively. In regards to Vitters’ defense, Sveum told the Daily Herald, “Nothing really seems to have gotten worse or gotten better. We still need to keep an eye on that and see where he is defensively.”

Tonight all starts with Justin Germano …

Justin Germano did a fine job in his Cubs’ debut on July 21 in St. Louis. Germano took over for an injured Matt Garza and tossed three innings of five-hit, one-run ball. The only run charged to Germano scored after he left the game in the nightmarish 12-run seventh inning. Germano struck out a batter and did not issue a free pass.

Tonight will be Germano’s first big league start of the season. The soon-to-be 30-year old right hander posted a 9-4 record in 17 games, 16 starts, for the Pawtucket Red Sox this season with a 2.40 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP (72 strikeouts, 13 walks).

Justin Germano has never faced the Pirates and tonight will be his fifth career appearance at Wrigley Field.

Rod Barajas (0-for-1 with a walk) and Clint Barmes (2-for-4) are the only active Pirates that have faced Justin Germano.

Erik Bedard was the hard-luck loser last Monday night in Pittsburgh. Bedard gave up just one run on two hits with two walks in seven innings. Bedard tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts and was just outpitched by Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs really struggled against Bedard for the second time this season and other than a double by Alfonso Soriano, they did not square up Bedard at all.

Erik Bedard is 1-3 in his last four starts with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP … and outside of PNC Park, 3-7 in 10 starts with a 5.90 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.

Tonight will be Bedard’s third start of the season and of his career against the Cubs. Bedard is 1-1 in the first two with a 0.69 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP … Bedard has never started a game at Wrigley Field.

Cubs Career Numbers against Erik Bedard

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-7 with a walk
  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • David DeJesus – 1-for-9 with five walks
  • Reed Johnson – 7-for-33 with a double and three walks
  • Joe Mather – 1-for-6
  • Anthony Rizzo – 0-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 6-for-11 with three doubles, a home run and three walks
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-3
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-3

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    A reminder to follow the Twitter feed on the right side of the site or on Twitter: @TheCCO. Best way for updates as the trade deadline approaches.

    • paulcatanese

      And it could be that the least expected from the Cubs may be traded, strange day, all the way to the last minute.

      • scott

        I’ll toss something out just for $hit and giggles, How about Javier Baez to rangers for Mike Olt? Baez is rumored to have a bad attitude in Peoria and is a poor fielder.
        Scott

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Scott, do you have a link to a report about Baez’s attitude? This is the second comment posted to the site today about his attitude and I’m curious. From the reports I have seen he is doing very well on every part of his game, including taking walks of late.

          Thank you for your time and help.

          • scottm

            Neil I dom’t. Sorry/ I have been to see him in peoria as have my daughter. His dismeanoreis arrogance. He can rake for sure but fielding is a challenge, I will look for the links tho

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Thanks, no reason to look for links. I appreciate it. I hope it is more confidence/arrogance than an attitude problem.

          • scott

            I hope u right. Buy his glove has to get better or he is ticketed to a corner outfield spot

          • BosephHeyden

            I have a friend that saw Baez in Peoria and he said that, while he played pretty good, something about him reminded him of Zambrano. And like Neil mentioned, it’s already been brought up once today, and I’ve seen it a few other times in comments in under Tom’s articles.

            Unfortunately, in today’s age, I don’t think there’s anyone that can really fix attitude. I guess the key is surround him with players that can keep up with him so that when he does have attitude issues, they get overshadowed by overall team performance.

          • triple

            So because Baez apparently said something to a catcher after hitting a homerun, and your friend claims “something about him reminded him of Zambrano,” now the gossip queens are running away with it and Baez has a bad attitude and needs to be traded. Have you ever met him in person? Do you always just judge people after hearing one thing? Especially when you don’t know any truth from someone who first hand knows the situation? Seriously, this is like the high school girls bathroom right now. Ben Christianson certainly had a bad attitude. Wait till there’s a rap sheet out on the guy that’s filled with facts instead of hearsay before you condemn the kid!

          • BosephHeyden

            Did I judge him? No, I did not. I simply relayed something that a friend told me a while back that coincided with a discussion on perceived attitude. I don’t know if he has one. And if he does, I could care less: I care about production. If he produces, I don’t care if he’s the real life Kenny f’n Powers: go out, win us a championship, and don’t do anything that’ll undermine it.

          • Denver Mike

            Not directed towards anyone specifically but continuing the thought…I am curious how much of the perceived arrogance from Baez may/may not be due to the language barrier.

            I don’t know if he speaks English or not, but it made me think of when I worked in a restaurant through college. I found that most of the Latin employees were generally good-natured; joking with each other, laughing, etc. But because they spent most of the time conversing in Spanish it was very easy to misinterpret what they were saying as something negative or cocky. I understand enough Spanish to know that what they were saying had nothing to do with me, but it makes me wonder if what we perceive as arrogance is based on misunderstanding or the inability to communicate and interact with the players.

            Just a thought…

          • triple

            To expand on Denver Mike’s comment – There are vast cultural differences as well. There is alot more pride that the Latin American and Spanish players take onto the field with them that is part of their culture. To an American it may seem “over the top,” but it is much more standard in the cultures that others have been raised in and not seen as arrogance by their peers. Machismo!

        • anthony

          Another player reportedly had an attitude problem. He’s now playing in the outfield for the Washington Nationals.

        • J Daniel

          Why would the Rangers want him then? To solve a problem we can’t, if this is the case.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Johnson – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Baker – RF
    Soto – C
    Barney – 2B
    Mather – 3B
    Germano – P

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  • jw

    Dempster has always promoted himself as a being an organization guy and having the Club’s and fans best interests foremost. I believe he can and should do what is best for him including getting the best deal he can out of this but stop spewing baloney. I think his reaction to getting taken out of the game the other night says a lot more about him than his talk.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs and Dodgers are still discussing a deal for Dempster that would include Soriano. The players the Cubs would receive along with the money they would send to LA are being discussed.

    • BosephHeyden

      If they make a deal with LA including Soriano that involves any less that two of those three guys that are supposedly “off the table”, this management team is incompetent.

      • Tony_Hall

        Boseph – You are making a statement about something that is hypothetical…and that we know very little about what is truly going on…

        • BosephHeyden

          Nothing hypothetical about it: IF they make a trade to LA, and IF that trade includes Ryan Dempster and Alfonso Soriano, and IF the return is any less than two of their top prospects (from one of the worst farm systems in baseball), than they are incompetent.

          If they don’t make the trade, then they’re still going to be held at the same level as they are right now. And right now it seems like we’re all of that same mindset, and from the reports from the Chicago media, it doesn’t seem like Team Theo will go that way. But IF they make that trade, they are on the same level as Jim Hendry as far as I’m concerned.

          • Tony_Hall

            IF…IF…IF…right, nothing hypothetical about that. You could be beat writer with thoughts like these.

            I think we should wait to pass judegments on their actual moves, not all of the rumors that come out.

          • Cory

            Lots of IFs… I think that makes your comments hypothetical

          • Tony_Hall

            I assume you are talking about Boseph.

          • J Daniel

            I am sure he was. Tony, you are right. Also, IF they were able to make the trade with Atlanta THEN if would have been a great trade for the Cubs. Sounds like an hypothesis to me lol

          • J Daniel

            One last thought on Dempster. NO to the Dodgers. I ask him to approve Atlanta, see if they will make the same deal straight up, and move on.

          • triple

            Maybe it’s not so ironic that the guy who doesn’t realize that Theo was directly responsible for Ortiz, Millar, Mueller, and Cabrera playing for the 2004 Red Sox Championship team also doesn’t understand hypotheticals.

            One should not spend their time pondering “ifs” when life should be lived in the “now” and only in reaction to what we know is certain, i.e. “the past.”

          • BosephHeyden

            I know full he was responsible for those guys: my only reason for mentioning any of them on that last post in that other article was that it seems like Cubs fans are trying to stretch Theo’s legacy into something it isn’t to justify a long rebuilding process (and for the record, if you want to split hairs on Cabrera, that Nomar trade was an AWFUL trade for the Red Sox, because Orlando Cabrera was not even close to being worth the price of Nomar, and I’d argue that having him over Cabrera may have made that 2004 ALCS a little easier of a win).

    • http://www.facebook.com/scott.mcmeekan Scott McMeekan

      Neil, and anyone else for that matter, don’t you just shake your head and laugh every time another tweet scoops that ‘Dodgers and Cubs are still discussing Dempster/Soriano’…I seriously can’t believe these guys are still posting it. It’s utterly ridiculous and a waste of cyberspace…we know that already! Sheesh!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Yes I do … sorry I have to pass on.

  • Ripsnorter1

    If we dump Soriano, who do you suggest we have batting behind Rizzo to protect him in the order?

    • BosephHeyden

      Luis Valbuena?

      • Ripsnorter1

        Good choice.

        • BosephHeyden

          Sarcasm aside, the ONLY thing I can think of besides maybe playing pretend by having LaHair play everyday instead of being in the righty platoon (which they may have to do out of necessity since it’s likely Reed Johnson and/or Jeff Baker gets moved before or after the waiver deadline) is bringing up Josh Vitters, since he is pretty much the next closest thing we have to a power bat in the system.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Castro with an excellent play … saved a run for now.

  • J Daniel

    I am not sure why they would trade Soriano with Dempster? At least not to the Dodgers who most agree on that the prospects that have are very thin. Unless they are getting some low class A can’t miss guys that are just young? Just to get rid of him? That makes NO sense to me. Who will replace Sori? BJax? Please! You think Sori strikes out a lot? WOW!

    • J Daniel

      Glad to see that Z has been demoted to the pen!

    • Tony_Hall

      He strikes out a lot, but sees an awful lot of pitches. Hopefully he can find a happy medium.

      RT @miCubs Brett Jackson gets to more full counts than probably any player I’ve ever seen in MiLB, as evident by high K and BB totals. about a minute ago

  • matthew8510

    Miami Marlins moving Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Barney with a 3-run shot …

  • Tony_Hall

    Wow…Darwin Barney with a big blast!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro showing off the arm doubling off Marte

    • Tony_Hall

      Also showing good baseball IQ by faking out the rookie.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Excellent observation

        • Tony_Hall

          Seems like we have a keeper here folks…

          • Tony_Hall

            small sample size and all!

          • triple

            About as small as the sample size to complain about Rowson trying to change Starlin Castro’s approach?

          • J Daniel

            Who acquired him?

          • Tony_Hall

            We will all soon find out.

          • J Daniel

            No, Rizzo lol.

          • Tony_Hall

            I don’t think so, Tim!

  • RMercer69

    Need help…I can’t post a comment or reply from my Ipad since Disqus made some format changes. Every time I click on the comment box or reply, the comment box disappears and everything I I type is invisible. I can only post from my blackberry, which I’m doing now. I have emailed Disqus, but haven’t got any help yet.

    Does anybody else post from an Ipad without any problem? Any suggestions? Thx

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      It acts that way from time to time on my iPhone. Try toggling the discussion tab to oldest. That works for me.

      • RMercer69

        I just tried that and it did the same thing. I never used to have this problem from my Ipad.

        • Tony_Hall

          Where’s all the tweets from the reporters who think they know what is going on….

          • DWalker

            it does say something for the information control the FO now has.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

      Problems on Kindle Fire as well. Can hit reply and it brings up the text box, but it wont actually bring up the keyboard to type. It oddly enough will bring up the keyboard and let me edit my previous posts. Just doesnt work for new ones.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a three-run homer off Bedard

  • matthew8510

    rizzo is unhuman

  • Tony_Hall

    Reed Johnson has just been traded…

    • Tony_Hall

      or so it seems.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reed’s out, this looks like he’s been traded.

    • matthew8510

      thanx reed gonna miss ya

      • Tony_Hall

        What an inning for the Cubs!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Castro with a two-run shot to center

    • Denver Mike

      Crazy….he leads off the inning with a hit and then gets traded mid-inning before he can take his next at bat

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

      in a deal with Dempster? wishfully thinking

  • Tony_Hall

    Castro with the exclamation point!

  • Tony_Hall

    Hard to believe with all the rumors, that we haven’t seen much action on Reed….

  • DWalker

    Reed, you may have been under appreciated by us, but I think we will miss you. and now we return to cubs batting practice.

  • J Daniel

    Neil,
    Phil Rogers says that Dempster will accept a trade to several teams???? Any idea?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Dempster….I had no idea…..

    He and his wife are divorcing.
    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/14088559-419/ryan-dempsters-trade-saga-is-all-about-time-or-lack-thereof.html

    So what’s this talk about “can’t make a decision that would hurt the family?” Is he saying he won’t move away from the kids?

    • Tony_Hall

      Where have you been? This is old news…

      We never really know all the details of what is going on in anyone else’s life.

      • John G

        Nor should we.

        • Tony_Hall

          Agree 110%!!

        • Ripsnorter1

          It would be ironic if Reed johnson was dealt to the Pirates…..

          • triple

            That would be funny! Could they use him as a pinch hitter too then?

      • calicub

        He got a divorce….and having a great year despite of it. He obviously got rubbed the wrong way by the dealings with Atlanta and now wants to win (the divorce not the WS) by sailing off to the City of Angels Home of the Disneyland Dad Beaches and Sun.

  • Tony_Hall

    It might not have made an out, but what a play by Castro!

  • Tony_Hall

    Wouldn’t it be something if Pittsburgh did get Reed Johnson.

  • Denver Mike

    Brett Jackson has just been pulled from the Iowa Cubs game, is it related to the Johnson trade?

    • triple

      Sounds like he’s either going with Reed, or just a precaution as maybe he’s Reed’s replacement with the Cubs.

  • Tony_Hall

    So, the Cubs have made a trade, and they are talking to Reed as we watch the game, yet no one has leaked the trade, and no one knows where he is going…

    And we listen to the reporters why?

    • John G

      After the Atlanta fiasco, they all have their tails between their legs.

      • J Daniel

        They don’t care. They all believe it is their responsibility to report the news.

    • brent carmona

      We have Neil and company, forget the reporters :)

  • Denver Mike

    I also just saw a tweet that said
    Reed Johnson leaves #Cubs game as wife gives birth to baby boy. Teammates congratulate him as he heads to join his family.”

    • Denver Mike

      I hope this one is a joke by the way

      • John G

        I suspect that if his wife was that close, he would not even have been at the ballpark tonight.

        • triple

          Also, we’ve heard that Garza’s wife is due tomorrow. I’m sure we would’ve heard something about Johnson if this was the case.

    • Ripsnorter1

      HaHaHaha! If that’s a fact, all the speculation for nothing!

      Too funny!

    • matthew8510

      if that was the case wouldnt u think he would of ran out of there instead of hanging around shaking hands what would u of done

      • Denver Mike

        It didn’t reference a link so I’m not really buying it either. But when I read it I did stop and think how easy it could be to over-react based on lack of information. That’s all

        • matthew8510

          yup

  • Tony_Hall

    Tigers, Giants, or Cardinals…all have rumors of having players pulled from tonight’s games…

  • Tony_Hall

    I’m seeing Detroit as the most likely destination, maybe in a bigger deal??

    • john G

      Detroit News says that Jim Leyland doesn’t expect any more moves.
      That confirms it is the Tigers. LOL

  • Tony_Hall

    Now Soto is hugging guys!

    • J Daniel

      Is Fonzi next?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Now Soto?

  • cubtex

    Iowa pulled Brett Jackson tonight as well. It wouldn’t surprise me if Theo traded him.

    • Tony_Hall

      I sure hope they have enough players to finish the game, 9 run leads don’t happen very often.

      • J Daniel

        AMEN!!!

        • Ripsnorter1

          Soto traded too?

          Just when he got up to .199, too.

          tony, This may be your night after all!

          • Tony_Hall

            Include Soriano and it just might be…

    • J Daniel

      Who will replace Fonzi?

      • Tony_Hall

        I actually would expect BJAX to come up if they trade Soriano, maybe even with trading Reed.

        • J Daniel

          If they pulled BJax he has either been traded or on his way to Chicago.

          • Tony_Hall

            He’s coming to Chicago.

    • Ripsnorter1

      That he was traded to Boston….

  • paulcatanese

    Lets hope the Cubs keep at least nine players to finish the game:)

  • Ale

    Maybe Johnson & soto included in

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Speculation from Iowa is that BJax is on his way up

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rosenthal is reporting (2) different deals … one for Soto and one for Johnson

  • DWalker

    good they finally found a taker for Soto looks like, but boy does it scare me what we’ll do for catching now.

    • Tony_Hall

      The last 2 months is like ST for next year. All about the development of players.

    • J Daniel

      And it didn’t scare you with Soto?

    • Tony_Hall

      Clevenger and Castillo. I think they can be more productive than Soto.

  • Tony_Hall

    Just think, some were worried they would not make any deals.

    • triple

      Those “what ifs” are always so scary, you know?

      • Tony_Hall

        Without knowing any of the details of the deals, these may be the greatest trade deadline deals ever!

        • triple

          I agree, BUT WHAT IF THEY’RE THE WORST TRADES EVER!!!!!?????

          • J Daniel

            They already suck so it couldn’t get worse! Seriously though, they have been playing really good baseball. They are unloading guys that are not in the plans for the best they can get. This is what everyone has been hoping for!

          • Tony_Hall

            Correct.

          • triple

            I agree. My “freak out” post is dedicated to the naysayer Theo-haters. I’m sure the Cubs have just picked up at least 2 pieces that fit the criteria that Theo wants and may be a part of the team in the future.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Multiple outlets reporting Soto to the Rangers

          • J Daniel

            The guys they get back will probably never make it. They are accumulating as many guys as they can while unloading what won’t be here next year anyways.

          • Tony_Hall

            Time will tell, but getting anything for Soto would be amazing…he is a 2 month rental as no one will want to pay his arbitration cost.

    • SuzyS

      Not worried, just speculating!!! :)

  • Tony_Hall

    If they keep making moves, my as well bring up Vitters as well. Valbuena and Mather are not going to be a starter in MLB again.

    • J Daniel

      AGREED! Cubtex will agree as well :)

  • matthew8510

    The Pirates don’t appear to have acquired Johnson, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweets.

  • Tony_Hall

    Barney’s day off seems to have helped.

    • matthew8510

      i bet the nats got soto maybe demp 2

      • J Daniel

        Demp is not in this deal

        • matthew8510

          one can hope

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dave Kaplan is reporting Soto to the Rangers

  • Robert M

    Soto to rangers

  • Tony_Hall

    Jacob Brigham to the Cubs AA 24 year old SP

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Danny Knobler is reporting the Cubs received RHP Jacob Brigham for Soto

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=brigha001jac

  • Tony_Hall

    That’s interesting…Maholm and R Johnson close to being traded to the Braves.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jon Paul Morosi is reporting Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson traded to the Braves

    • Ripsnorter1

      Rangers Jacob Brigham is a AA pitcher….124 IP….116 K…46 BB…He’s repeating AA this year….he’s given up 19 HR…1.355 WHIP

      • Tony_Hall

        Pretty good return for sub-Menozza hitting catcher.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I dunno. If he never pitches in MLB, I’d say no. He’s never been called up before.

          • BosephHeyden

            From what I can tell, the Rangers took the contract, which is a relief we didn’t eat a player’s contract for once, so at the very least, this trade hastened the process of figuring out whether Castillo or Clevenger is the catcher of the future.

          • J Daniel

            So that is a good trade by Theo?

          • BosephHeyden

            It creates progress and, best case scenario, we get another arm that can compete for a fourth or fifth spot. I’d say “yeah”.

          • J Daniel

            I agree. Also, if they are not paying any of the salary that is huge as well.

          • Ripsnorter1

            We gave up a starting ML catcher who is hitting .250 for July, and we received a ML arm that is 24 and fast becoming a non-prospect. Maybe he’ll get a call up someday….for the Houston Astros…

          • Tony_Hall

            Starting ML catcher…that was losing his jobs to younger, cheaper catchers…

          • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

            or the catcher for now, until we find out if we got Bethancourt in the Maholm Reed deal.

          • Tony_Hall

            I wasn’t expecting to get much more than a potential bullpen arm for Soto.

          • J Daniel

            Really?

          • Tony_Hall

            Why would anyone give up much more than that? He will be non-tendered after the season by whoever traded for him. He is a 2 month rental.

          • J Daniel

            I agree, just playing with you!

          • Tony_Hall

            One flaw that Disqus has, when you just keep hitting the new comments, the names aren’t accurate, when there is a lot of activity, unless you refresh the page. It was showing someone else’s name for your post.

    • J Daniel

      Not sure if I like trading Maholm?

      • SuzyS

        I’m on the fence about MaHolm also…I guess we have to see what the deal is.

      • Ripsnorter1

        He’s signed for next year at $6.5 million.

        CHEAP.

        • GaryLeeT

          I agree. I really got use to the idea of the Cubs standing a good chance of winning on the days Maholm pitched.

    • J Daniel

      Maybe the Braves didn’t leak this one!!!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Soto to Rangers for Jacob Brigham, so says CBS….

    • BosephHeyden

      It’s really the best they could hope for: he’s batting .199, so we’re lucky to get a prospect for him, and a Double A prospect is going to be quicker to determine what he’s got.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Soto is a viable ML catcher. Catchers are rare in MLB right now.

        Rangers Jacob Brigham is a AA pitcher….124 IP….116 K…46 BB…He’s repeating AA this year….he’s given up 19 HR…1.355 WHIP

        • GaryLeeT

          An unimpressive 24 year old starter stuck in AA. Can’t really expect more for “guessing at, and looking at called strike 3″ Soto

          • DWalker

            bullpen conversion?

          • matthew8510

            RT @jaysonst Latest Garza tidbit: “Very high chance” he gets traded, says one exec. Jays have been bearing down on him. about a minute ago

  • triple

    Is it possible that the Braves would give up Delgado for Maholm and Johnson?

    • John G

      If that’s true and we keep Dempster, then everyone should give him a standing O tomorrow.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Why?

      • Tony_Hall

        Dempster will still be going to LA tomorrow.

        • J Daniel

          CORRECT!

  • matthew8510

    now lets get rid of baker

  • Tony_Hall

    I don’t know about everyone else, but my computer and phone are over-heating…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

      No doubt, I will say this Disqus auto updating is doing a good job. I just keep clicking on the “new comment below” or “above”

  • paulcatanese

    At least I got one pick right, said Malhom would go before Dempster or Garza:)

    • matthew8510

      RT @ESPN_MLB Sources: Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays are showing interest in Matt Garza in spite of his injury http://t.co/lW8RrY3J less than a minute ago

    • SuzyS

      Yes, but I liked MaHolm…I hope we do get value for him.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

        Spruill and JR Graham would be nice, hopefully bethancourt can be had too

      • paulcatanese

        Suzy, he was one I would have liked the Cubs to keep.

  • matthew8510

    RT @thekapman: Cubs still fielding calls on Garza. Working on Dempster deal. More moves to come. about a minute ago

  • matthew8510

    RT @JimBowdenESPNxm Maholm deal with Braves closes door on Dempster coming back to life for them..so Dempster to LAD should happen tomorrow

  • matthew8510

    RT @JimBowdenESPNxm: Alfonso Soriano has told Cubs he will not go to Giants in trade

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

      was a trade in place, or was there just speculation that he shot down before it became more?

      • matthew8510

        as i understand it trade was in place he said no i could be wrong though

        • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

          thank you sir

          • paulcatanese

            Makes sense that Soriono would turn it down, he as well as everyone knows at his age he is a DH.
            I dont think he would turn an AL team trade down.

          • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

            Yeah kinda what I was thinkin too. He may be lookin better in the field running around, but you know hes tired and would rather just Hit.

  • SuzyS

    Hey Neil, What’s the CCO’s record for comments on a thread?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Suzy, around 300 if I remember correctly.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Dale Sveum would not confirm any trades during his post-game press conference. Said nothing
    is official have to wait until Tues. When asked about possible Brett Jackson
    call-up he paused.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Pirates 14-4 on Monday night – Justin Germano:
    2R,4H,2BB,3K,5IP; Darwin Barney: 3-for-5,HR,3B,4RBI,3R; Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-4,HR,3RBI,BB;
    Starlin Castro: 3-for-4,HR,2B,3RBI

  • cubsron10

    Vizciano and Chapman to the Cubs.

    • daverj

      Ken Rosenthal has tweeted (saw on mlbtraderumors.com) that Vizcaino is coming to Cubs. If true, I love the deal.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Ken Rosenthal: Source: Arrodys Vizcaino and Chapman to Cubs for Maholm and Johnson. Vizcaino is the Braves #2 prospect and had TJ Surgery.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

      pardon my french but F@C% Yeah

    • BosephHeyden

      And THAT is the type of return you get for a left handed starter and a good fourth outfielder. Team Theo’s two-for-two so far with the trades today.

      • cubtex

        how can you say the return for Soto was good?

        • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

          We didnt send money with him.

          • cubtex

            yes they did. It was Marlon Byrd trade #2. Cash and a player for a non prospect.

          • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

            The initial report was no money, as it got finalized that changed and we got a PTBNL. And the guy we got back hadnt just been DFAd, its not Marlon Byrd 2. Do you always wake up on the wrong side of the bed or what?

    • matthew8510

      isnt vizcaino out for the season with right elbow surgery

      • BosephHeyden

        And…yep, Tommy John surgery, to be exact. That…complicates things a bit.

      • daverj

        Yup. But Vizcaino is a top prospect. This is a great deal for Maholm/Johnson.

      • matthew8510

        tommy john surgery

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Yes, with TJ Surgery

    • Denver Mike

      Vizcaino’s numbers look REALLY good. TJ surgery is a big risk but the upside….in 2011 97.0IP, 100:28 K:BB 3.06ERA in the minors, limited action in the majors.

      I like it…especially for Mahlom/Johnson!

  • cubtex

    Well one thing for sure…….Theo doesn’t care if pitchers had TJ surgery.

    • SuzyS

      High risk, high reward…a ballsy move…the JH era IS over.

  • BosephHeyden

    So, with all this done, next is Bret Jackson. If he’s coming up, then it doesn’t matter that he’s filling Reed Johnson’s roster spot: he’s hailed as a future starter, so give him either center or right. DeJesus, LaHair, Mather, and Baker (while he’s a Cub) can fight over whatever spot he doesn’t take. But Jackson needs to start most games.

    • SuzyS

      My only question now…at the end of the nightis:
      If the Cubs trade MaHolm, Garza, AND Dempster…what the heck is the rotation going to look like???

      • cubtex

        Shark, Travis Wood and pray for rain.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

        who cares, start bringin them up from AA and AAA and see what we got.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Cubs-Braves deal is official.

    • triple

      I would think we’ll see Soriano in LF, Bjax in center, and DeJesus in RF. If he’s gonna be up, he needs to be playing! He’s not gonna make any progress on the bench.

  • DWalker

    so I am guessing that right now, Vizcaino is our #1 pitching prospect and an instant top 10? How close is he to returning?

    • cubtex

      He is coming off TJ. Do you see how long it is taking Whitenack to bounce back. He is a couple years away. Don’t count on him for 2013.

      • DWalker

        thats what i was afraid of. Oh well

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

    Travis Snider just pulled in Toronto

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

      Part of a Garza deal?

      • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

        Snider to the Bucos for Brad LIncoln

  • daverj

    In Baez, Soler and Vizcaino, the Cubs now have 3 potential high impact players in the system. Things are starting to looking …

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

      Dont forget Almora!