With less than two weeks before the non-waiver trade deadline, the rumors picked up during Wednesday’s game against the Miami Marlins. The biggest news of the day was Theo Epstein announcing Jorge Soler would make his pro debut on Thursday before the latest report from Bruce Levine.
According to a report from ESPN Chicago, the St. Louis Cardinals have jumped into the picture for Ryan Dempster in recent days. The Dodgers and Braves have been considered the leaders in the clubhouse to land Dempster but talks between the Cubs and Dodgers have cooled in recent days due to more teams showing interest in Dempster. According to Bruce Levine’s sources, Ryan Dempster has not been asked if he would accept a particular deal.
Theo Epstein addressed the trade deadline and said the Cubs need to add a lot of pitching. The Cubs lack of pitching depth in the system has been a concern for many years, one that the new regime recognized as being an issue early in their process of evaluating the organization. Epstein indicated, “We need waves and waves of pitching coming through the system, and we do not have that.”
The Cubs are looking for pitching in return for Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza but would not turn down quality third base prospects, a top-flight catcher or centerfielder either. The Tigers and Dodgers have been scouting Dempster and Garza and are expected to be in St. Louis this weekend (Dempster is scheduled to pitch the opener with Garza taking the hill on Saturday night).
The Blue Jays, Royals, Rangers and Tigers have been scouting Matt Garza … and Paul Maholm is also garnering attention from the Royals as well as his old team, the Pirates.
As for Geovany Soto, numerous teams are interested in Soto according to Bruce Levine. The Angels “may be looking to upgrade the offense behind the plate and make a pitch for Soto.”
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