Fujikawa Introduced, a Minor Signing and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Cubs stayed busy on Friday and introduced their new ‘set-up’ man while two more of their off-season targets came off the board.

The Cubs agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Kyuji Fujikawa last Saturday and held his introductory press conference in the clubhouse at Wrigley Field on Friday morning. Fujikawa answered all of the questions from the Chicago and Japanese media through an interpreter. Fujikawa speaks broken English but did not feel comfortable in the formal setting without an interpreter. Don Nomura, his agent from Japan, helped Fujikawa on Friday.

The Cubs have not announced the necessary roster move to add both Nate Schierholtz and Ian Stewart to the 40-man roster. With the addition of Fujikawa, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 39 players. Schierholtz is expected to take his physical in the coming week and once he passes, the one-year contract that he agreed to on Wednesday will become official.

Kyuji Fujikawa
The Cubs’ newest reliever was all smiles after Jed Hoyer introduced him on Friday. Fujikawa will wear number 11 with the Cubs, half of his familiar number 22 he wore with the Hanshin Tigers. Fujikawa said to have a better career than number 22 he went younger with number 11. Fujikawa asked for the number and felt he was lucky it was available.

Fujikawa said the reason he wanted to play in the states was that he feels he is ready for a new challenge and wanted to test himself against the best hitters in the world.

Kyuji Fujikawa appears to be in line to close games once Carlos Marmol is traded. The Cubs talked to Marmol recently and told him that he would begin the season with the Cubs in the closer’s role and they would not approach him again about waiving his no trade rights until July.

The Cubs said Friday that Fujikawa was not signed just to be flipped during the season for younger talent. Fujikawa was asked how he felt about the possibility of being traded after picking the Cubs over other teams. Fujikawa said he would not care if he was traded but according to a report from the Sun-Times, he does care about being traded. Fujikawa would like to be part of the Cubs building process.

Kyuji Fujikawa came close to signing with the Angels, in fact there were internet reports just hours before his deal leaked with the Cubs that he was leaning toward signing with the Angels, but he said he really liked the city and after he toured Wrigley Field it was just “Cubs, Cubs, Cubs.”

The plan, for now, is for Kyuji Fujikawa to be used in the seventh and eighth inning.

Minor Moves
According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, the Cubs signed right-handed pitcher Andrew Carpenter to a minor league deal that includes a non-roster invite to big league camp.

Carpenter was the Phillies second round pick in the 2006 draft and made six appearances in the majors last season with the Blue Jays. In 23 career big league games, one start, Carpenter is 1-1 with a 7.56 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP. Carpenter pitched at two minor league levels for two different organizations last year (Mets and Blue Jays) and posted a 6-3 record in 31 games, 12 starts, with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

Andrew Carpenter’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Andrew Carpenter joins Blake Parker, J.C. Boscan, Edwin Maysonet and Brian Bogusevic as players that have inked minor league deals with the Cubs this off-season that include non-roster invitations to Spring Training.

Several former Cubs have signed minor league deals with new organizations. Blake DeWitt inked a minor league deal with the Braves and the Rangers announced they signed Randy Wells to a minor league contract (the Wells signing leaked on twitter a couple of weeks back). Scott Moore signed on with the A’s and Marquez Smith was taken by the Rangers from the Reds in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

News, Notes and Rumors
The Cubs are one of at least three teams waiting to hear from veteran reliever Jason Grilli. Grilli’s agent, Gary Sheffield, said his client would sign with a team on Wednesday, then again on Thursday. The Cubs reportedly have a two-year deal on the table to Grilli. According to the Sun-Times, the Cubs have “lukewarm hopes” of signing him.

Could David DeJesus be an option for the top of the Mariners’ lineup? Jon Paul Morosi thinks DeJesus could be a fit that could net the Cubs a long-term asset for the rebuilding project.

The Cubs and Giants were in negotiations with Ryan Ludwick before the Reds re-signed the former Cardinals’ outfielder to a two-year contract.

As previously reported, Kyuji Fujikawa is not expected to pitch for Team Japan in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Fujikawa will work instead with the Cubs’ coaches in Spring Training.

According to the Tribune, the Red Sox, Brewers and Royals are the three main teams interested in signing Ryan Dempster. According to ESPN Boston, Dempster rejected a two-year, $25 million offer from the Red Sox.

A day after news leaked that the Cubs had an offer on the table to Brandon McCarthy, the former Southsider agreed to a two-year contract with the Diamondbacks worth a reported $15.5 million ($2 million signing bonus, $4 million in 2013 and $9.5 million in 2014). According to Phil Rogers, the Cubs offered McCarthy a two-year contract heavy on bonuses.

Reed Johnson signed a one-year, $1.6 million contract with the Braves that includes $150,000 incentives package and a club option worth $1.6 million for the 2014 season that includes a $150,000 buyout. Johnson signed a guaranteed contract for $1.75 million that could max out at $3.5 million.

Major League Baseball’s average salary increased 3.8 percent this season to a record $3.2 million.

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  • Dorasaga

    Don Nomura, what a joke. He had a fierce, OPEN tweet-battle (plus an aggressive press conference) against A’s management, when he represented Iwakuma from the Eagles, back in 2010. That was an immature business agent deemed to viciously attack his customer (the club; the client be the player), and worst, in public. Maybe he’s a nice guy when not talking business, but I’m kinda surprised he’s still around representing pro.players with stature from Japan.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Dempster wants 3 years, and Cubs, Brewers and perhaps the Red Sox are still in the bidding war. But two trips to the DL last year, and one the year before. Hmmmm. I think that means he becomes a Brewer.

    Let’s sign Edwin Jackson instead.

    • mutantbeast

      Forget Jackson, he wants big $ for average production. Id say take a shot at John Lannon, wholl give you similiar numbers to Jackson at half the cost.

      • Tony_Hall

        But why would we want that? We want to overpay for past production….

        I actually like the thought of adding Jackson, and if he can be had for 2 or max 3 years, can see it being ok. As long as the contract is structured to be flat, partially prepaid with a signing bonus it will be ok.

    • TheWrongGuy

      For sure STAY AWAY from Edwin Jackson!!! He has a gun for an arm but has never known how to control it well. Always an up and down guy ….. “You never know what you get” And for the worst measure of him. Boras is his agent which means you have to WAY OVER spend to get him.
      Just 2 cents.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Somebody wants DeJesus? And it’s a team notorious for signing low production offensive players? YEAH!!!

    Not to worry: we have already signed his twin: Nate Schierholtz. It is interesting how Fukodome=DeJesus=Schierholtz. The good news is that they are spending less money per year: $12 million to $5 million to $2.2 million. But their stat lines are similar.

    • Tony_Hall

      Isn’t amazing that the stat lines are similar, yet the cost keeps going down, while FA contracts are skyrocketing?

      Fukudome was paid for expectations and ended up being way overpaid based on production to pay.

      DeJesus was paid market value and gave market value.

      Schierholtz was paid market value or below and has the chance to give us much more value than we have to pay him.

      I know very little about Schierholtz except what I have learned since the signing. But I think you have shown how production isn’t always why people get paid what they get paid. It is very likely that the Cubs will get the same or better production out of Schierholtz and Sappelt platoon as the Red Sox will get out of Victorino. With Schierholtz facing righties and Sappelt facing lefties mainly, is it possible they hit 275/340 and hit 15 HR’s with good defense. Yes it is , yet that is about all the Red Sox can expect from Victorino, yet it cost them $39M over 3 years to get Victorino. Yet Victorino has no trade value, as his contract is way over his production, especially as he ages. Where as Victorino is a negative depreciating asset, Sappelt and Schierholtz can only gain value in the trade market.

      And yes somebody wants DeJesus. DeJesus has value in MLB as a 3rd/4th OF. The Cubs will flip him at some point. The reason to move him to CF is to hold the spot for BJAX until June/July.

      The OF will have a new look come August 1st. Soriano and DeJesus will both most likely be gone.

      • calicub

        Victorino went to the Red Sox. but other than that I agree.

        • Tony_Hall

          Thanks, I fixed it. Isn’t amazing that even though players change teams, there is always one team that you think of when you think of a player.

          • calicub

            Absolutely. It happens for me with cardinal players. Once a cardinal, always a cardinal

        • Ray Ray

          The difference between the Cubs and Red Sox is that the Red Sox are doing a big market rebuild. They are signing players to 3 year deals waiting for the Boegarts and Jackie Breadleys to develop. They don’t mind overpaying a couple million for a player since they are a high revenue team. They want to keep the fans happy and it is not taking away from the rebuilding process.

          • Tony_Hall

            If signing 30 somethings that are not difference makers makes you happy….then the Red Sox are available on mlb.tv if you like that sort of thing.

            Jonny Gomes AGE 32 – 2 years $10M

            Mike Napoli AGE 31 – 3 years $39M

            David Ross AGE 35 – 2 years $6.2M

            Koji Uehara AGE 38 – 1 year – $4.25M

            Shane Victorino AGE 32 – 3 years $39M

            Here is an article from 2009 that discusses how players fall off a cliff at age 32, that Dorasaga re-posted elsewhere today.

            http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/joe_posnanski/06/29/james.33/index.html

            Good luck to the Red Sox on making this work, even though it is doomed to fail, if they are planning on these guys to be worth the value they are paying, and to keep producing past their prime.

            One other difference between the Red Sox and Cubs…they already won 2 World Series….when Theo was there.

          • Dorasaga

            Oh, you flattered me, overrated my passion on fighting B.S. regarding
            baseball. I posted somewhere again, after posted here for CCO, that’s true. Whenever some of my friends talked
            to me about age of decline for athletes, they believe it’s after 30 or even 35; which are so far from truth.

            Physically (health), age 22 is the last of a man’s prime (peak), then decline. In Major League baseball, due to the need of experience to do well, age 26, then gradual decline in most skills, until the “pitfall” at age 32, done or drastic decline. Sabermetric researches since 1981 had proven this again and again. Stats don’t explain “why,” but we are blessed to have science that now explains how human body works its best between age 16-22, and the loss of certain hormone and metabolism becomes apparent after age 25.

          • Tony_Hall

            Maybe this explains why we sign 16 year old’s out of the Dominican…

            This can also explain why some of the all time greats had such good careers, by making it to majors so young. Physically having great years up to 26, then combining gifted physical skills with experience, most players don’t have until they are over 30.

            Either way, good information.

          • Ray Ray

            Tony. A little angry this morning? It isn’t about age it is about putting a better product on field during rebuild. DeJesus was signed last year at age 31 for 2 years at 10. Fujikawa is how old? It is about not counting penny’s while you rebuild in a big market. The Red Sox know they will lose fans if they put an Ian Stewart in the infield with a Schierholz in the outfield. They won’t do that to the fan base.

          • Tony_Hall

            Not angry at all, but RayRay, are you a little negative every day.

            Yes the Cubs have added guys over 30, but not for big money contracts, just role players. The Red Sox have only added over 30 guys. Fujikawa is a little different being a bullpen/closer as far as the age thing goes.

            The Yankee fans were upset that Cashman didn’t sign Schierholtz, and their were other teams after Stewart in a thin 3B market. If you try to make the fans happy, you will be sitting in the stands with them.

            You really think the Red Sox would lose fans if they signed Stewart and Schierholz…I highly doubt it. Smallest park in baseball, they will be able to fill that. I also don’t see how Jonny Gomes and Shane Victorino would excite their fan base any more than ours. Both of these guys would have fans on here blasting the Cubs FO for signing both of these guys.

          • Dorasaga

            FYI: Another friend and Hanshin Tigers fan just told me that Foo-gee-ka-wa has been losing his forkball command. I haven’t watched the Japanese games in-season for two-years, so I’ll just take all information with a grain of salt and move on with hope of the better.

          • Tom U

            Tony, it’s why I’m a proponent of the “move’em up or move’em out” theory of development. Young players need to be advanced, and if they are not able, they need a chance somewhere else. Both the “painfully slow” and the “let’s hedge with some fringe major leaguers” approach usually leads to poor player development.

          • Tony_Hall

            I agree with you, but signing a Schierholz, for example, isn’t blocking anyone. BJAX is going to come up when he is ready and play CF. Sappelt, Schierholz, etc are not going to block him and one of or even both Soriano and DeJesus will be gone by mid-season. After BJAX it will 2014 before another OF is coming up from within, and only Soriano is signed for 2014.

          • Tom U

            Tony, what happens if Jackson, with his rebuilt swing, lights it up in Spring Training or in a Castro-like 100 AB’s at Triple-A.? Do you think there will be any type of market for Soriano or DeJesus by opening day or the beginning of May? I’ll believe that when I see it.

            A more prudent way would have been to go with what you already have. It would also send a message to the rest of your prospects in the system.

          • Tony_Hall

            Didn’t Rizzo look capable before he was called up, didn’t Castro. It doesn’t ruin the player to play at AAA, longer than needed by months. If BJAX is ready at the end of March to go (this would be a good problem), then either they revisit teams that are interested in DeJesus or Soriano and see if a move can me made, or they send BJAX to Iowa for a few months, until teams have injuries or a need for either DeJesus or Soriano or they play BJAX in CF and DeJesus in RF, and Schierholtz and Sappelt end up as the 4th/5th OF, which is what both of them probably are anyways until one of them is traded.

            I can’t think of anything more I would like to see than this problem.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Do you really think BJax will ever come up and be ready? I didn’t get to see enough to form a solid opinion but from what I saw, combined with what I read, it sounds like BJax will never be an everyday centerfielder on a winning team. Do we still hold out hope for him?

          • Tony_Hall

            Last year at this time people thought Rizzo would never be an everyday 1B on a winning team. Now, after making adjustments and working on his game, people feel he can be a 1B on a winning team. Do people think he can be an elite 1B? No, but maybe this year he can change those thoughts.

            As far as BJAX, absolutely we still hold out hope for him to make it. Baseball isn’t a definitive game where this is all you can do and no one ever can improve on their game. It is also one of adjustments. Batters have holes and ways for pitchers to pitch them to have an advantage. Batters work on fixing them. Then pitchers look for new ways to get them out. It never ends, that is why scouting is so important and why the game is not just played on the field anymore, but in front of a computer as well.

            Will BJAX ever make it? That is the beauty of baseball, we can watch it everyday to see how it happens and I for one am rooting for this kid who does so many things well and just needs to learn to make more contact to be able to be productive.

          • Dorasaga

            Wasn’t the reason of the age-16 rule, imposed by MLB on international signing, a kind of settlement to thrift? And just to comply to the GED rule of age-16 or older? Anyway, it’s interesting how the health science coincides with signing behavior. Before the latest collective bargain and rule-change, clubs used to avoid competition and “draft” by finding the youngest Dominican (just an example), scout him since age 12 or maybe younger, and decide if he’s good enough to be part of their system by age-16, when he’s sign-eligible. A few of these int’l signees ended up in the Major League at a younger age and started their productive career earlier than their drafted counterparts. Things sort of right themselves, I guess.

      • Tom U

        While it may begin as a lefty/righty platoon with Schierholtz and Sappelt, expect more of a 50/50 platoon as Sappelt gets more experience.

        Schierholtz can also be a good hedge if Soriano is traded, with either DeJesus or Sappelt sliding over to left.

        • Dorasaga

          On a scale of 1-5, how good you say is this solution to the outfield this year?

          • Tom U

            Dorasaga, if you rate 1 at the lowest, I would give it a 1. Let me explain.

            At this time last year, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer did their due dilligence concerning the first base position, kicking the tires on players like Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, and Gaby Sanchez. In the end, they traded for Anthony Rizzo and installed Bryan LaHair as their opening day starter. This worked out very well, as LaHair did what he was supposed to do, then moved aside for Rizzo.

            Fast forward to this off-season. There wasn’t a need to go out and get another Rizzo-type for the outfield, as they already had Brett Jackson. With Sappelt spending all of last season at Triple-A, along with having some major league experience, they had their equivalent to LaHair. As a hedge, they also had Tony Campana and signed Brian Bogesavic.

            Signing Schierholtz can be considered a giant step backward from the direction they took last year. The only way it does make any sense is if they do trade Soriano. While Schierholtz won’t come close to matching Soriano’s offensive production, he could be a decent bridge player until someone better comes along. However, if Soriano remains with the club, it does nothing but logjam the developmental process.

          • Dorasaga

            I don’t really know enough about Brett Jackson, compared to his peers in the system. Wasn’t he one full year away from Major League ready?

          • Tom U

            Dorasaga. I posted this article on Jackson in mid-April 2011

            http://chicagocubsonline.com/archives/2011/04/cubsbrettwatch.php

            At that time, Jackson was out-pacing what Starlin Castro had previously done at Double-A. Unfortunately, the Cubs already had the roster clogged with Soriano, Byrd, Fukudome, and Reed Johnson, along with Tyler Colvin (remember the lefty/lefty platoon?)

            The results were that Jackson stayed in the minors and broke his hand, which may have been the start of the slide to his present standing.

          • Dorasaga

            I see. I can be optimistic, think that Brett will have a big comeback and rake during S.T., and quickly create a problem for the management of his promotion. But broken hand is a tricky matter. Fukudome broke his wrist half a year before he signed that 48M/4 year with the Cubs, but was never the same.

          • Tom U

            It all depends on how you see fate. I, for one, am under the belief that if he hadn’t been at Tennessee, he may not have broken his hand.

          • Steven Petty

            Marmol to Philly for prospects? He can be a set up pitcher there. Thoughts?

          • Ripsnorter1

            Well said, Tom. Good analysis.

          • Tom U

            Thanks Rip.

          • Tony_Hall

            Who is being blocked and creating this logjam of the development process?

        • Tony_Hall

          I actually see Sappelt playing more if he can show he can be ok against RH’s, but Schierholtz actually has a better track record against lefties than Sappelt against righties. DeJesus could and should sit against lefties, but I expect they are still going to add another outfielder to the mix.

  • Ray Ray

    I am sure Boston is thrilled with 3 at 39 for Victorino instead of paying Carl Crawford for the remainder of that contract.

    • Tony_Hall

      Crawford was already gone….

  • calicub

    Looks like Michael young may accept a trade to Philly. Looks like the cubs may loose a Fonzie suitor.

    Other teams who are still looking for corner outfield help:
    Detroit
    Atlanta
    Seattle

    Fonzie doesn’t want to go to the west coast.
    But the braves and tigers are both seeking bullpen help, I see no reason both guys can’t be sent in a single trade. Braves have the SP depth but the tigers have castellanos that people have been clamoring for…

    • calicub

      well, it appears Phillie is still looking for outfield and bullpen help, so add them tot he list though their system is somewhat blah

  • Ripsnorter1

    Let’s look at Sappelt and Schierholtz’s career splits.

    Sappelt vs RHP….215 BA….269 OBP…..289 slugging. 121 AB FORGETABOUTIT!

    Sappelt vs LHP…..345 BA…410.OBP..545 slug

    But that’s a mere 55 AB.

    Schierholtz vs RHP….266 BA…319 OBP…413 Slug

    Pedestrian…..

    Schierholtz vs LHP…284 BA…317.OBP..384 slug

    Bruce Levine said today that he expects Schierholts to hit .240 tops if he plays 150 games.

    • Tony_Hall

      I know you like to use this career stat on Schierholtz, but recent history says differently.

      2012
      LHP – 175/206/238
      RHP – 287/360/466

      2011
      LHP – 234/265/297
      RHP – 288/340/461

      So based on the last 2 season, if he faces mainly right handers he will be around 280’s, but he will face lefties, and your career numbers say he hits them better, so we should expect almost 300 this year….not very likely, but we can twist the numbers to say this if we like. Or we can go by Levine and think 240.

      Most likely is a 265-270 range with 340-360 OBP and a slugging in the 460’s.

      • J Daniel

        He will probably be a platoon and is short term. This is the year that they should have a good idea on Almora and Soler which will help in the decision making next off season.

        I hate all of the losing and that it will be another lost season on the field but it is the right way to go. Let’s say they get a stud pitcher because they were so bad last year. Add a couple more prospects from deadline trades. Not sure what Garza will bring back, they need him to be healthy. If he is, and brings back a good return, along with Baker and Feldman returns, well the whole system is in much better shape.

        I think we will start to see better results on the field next year.

        • Tony_Hall

          Everyone talks about how bad last year was, yet at the end of July the team just finished a month of 19-10 and was better every month to that point. If they had continued down that path and won 75 games (just a number) would everyone feel they were closer to being competitive, even if Soto was now splitting time with Castillo, Maholm was in the rotation versus Baker, Dempster and Reed went off to FA for nothing.

          OR

          Would everyone be saying they should have traded these guys to get something, anything back as they were either leaving anyway, or easily replaceable players in the market.

          My guess is everyone would be saying they should have traded them, but since this is what they did, and they lost more games they think the team is much farther away.

          • J Daniel

            Tony, you know that everyone would be saying that. They have to build the system. The quickest way is to be BAD for 2 years and sign and flip guys. Otherwise, they will be signing free agent after free agent and always overpaying.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Okay, you proved that Schierholtz can no longer hit LHP. He’s not fit to start anymore. He’s a platoon at best. I agree.

        • Tony_Hall

          Who is saying he is anything more than a platoon player anyway? He is a 4th OF type, who is being given a chance to start.

  • paulcatanese

    The way I see it. What happened to all these free agents that were just “dying” to come to the Cubs?
    The only free agents that are interested are the ones who no-one else wants, coming off injury, or have had half decent year or years some time ago.
    I see management stalling around with these guys until the prospects they have signed will be mature enough to help at the big
    league level.
    Everything they bring in are “stop gap” or are hoped to bring someone back at the trade deadline.
    While it’s upsetting that the Cubs will not win again, for another year, I understand( not that I agree) I do accept the way the contracts are being offered to other players, thats a plus. Too many contracts(multiple) are being handed out, Epstein has the right idea. Only thing, free agents are getting what they want from other teams, on the other hand they are all over-paid.

    • Tony_Hall

      Those FA’s are still out there that are “dying” to come to the Cubs. It doesn’t mean that Theo and Jed want them at the price it would take to sign them. Players may want to come, but it would still be a ridiculous contract.

      Free Agency is a place to sign over 30 guys, who teams didn’t want to extend for one reason or another. Moving forward, teams the Cubs will need to extend their best players, well before FA (Castro already, Rizzo and Samardzija soon) and have the farm system in place to trade for difference makers that other teams can’t afford to extend. The farm system isn’t just about developing players for the Cubs, but for stockpiling talent, that can be used to get the David Prices of the world. The best players will not make it to FA very often anymore.

  • Frustrated

    Per Paul Sullivan on twitter. Cubs average salary drops from 7th to 23rd in 2012, and sinking still. #SmallMarket

    • Steven Petty

      Small market or smart management. They know they have / had bad contracts that they need to get rid of. Once those are gone, they can go be a big dog. Oh yeah. Robinson Cano will be a Chicago Cub in 2014!

      • J Daniel

        yes, but other than Soriano all of the contracts are gone. I agree with what they are doing to rebuild but bad contracts is no longer a legit answer!

        • Scott

          Nor is taking on more bad contracts….

  • Aaron

    The Cubs better start acting fast with trades. They can’t go into next season, hoping Soriano can repeat what he did in 2012, and likewise what Marmol did in the second half. It’s just highly improbable they’ll duplicate those #’s, and thus, they must get whatever they can right now.

    Same goes for Barney, whom I love as a player…defensively speaking, but he is basically a net negative on offense. Same goes for DeJesus, despite his OBP.

    I also believe Russell needs to go, if only because he still has value, and they need to capitalize on that. I would also see if there’s a market for Travis Wood, then go after Liriano.

    I would wait to deal Garza until the deadline, because hopefully he’ll rebuild value then

    • Tony_Hall

      Why do they need to act fast? The market is still playing out. Teams are starting to see what their division rivals have done, and what teams have been unable to do.

      If you (and everyone else on here) can see that Soriano, Marmol, Barney etc have flaws, don’t you think that other teams who have professional scouts, cross checkers, assistants, video analysts, GM’s, etc watching all these players see it as well.

      Teams need to be desperate to trade for Soriano and meet the Cubs demand of a paying some of the freight and giving back player(s) that are actually not just throw ins. The Cubs were just in on Ludwick, that tells me they have offers for Soriano and if they signed Soriano, would have pulled the trigger on the trade. That is how I see them doing any of these deals. Set-up the trade and signing, and then pull both off at the same time.

      The same goes for Marmol. Teams all know he is wild, and that he can be dominate as well. No one is going to trade for him unless they have a desperate need for an 8th or 9th inning guy. And with Marmol having no trade protection, he will want to be the closer.

      There will be many of these players traded between now and July 31st, but to think the Cubs need to move fast, just doesn’t make sense. Free agents will get more desperate as the calendar flips into 2013. Mid-to-late January through early February is usually when some of the best, club friendly, FA signings happen.