A Wide Range of Garza and Cubs Rumors

Depending on the report, Matt Garza will either be traded during the break or by Friday … or by Saturday. But the general consensus is that Matt Garza will be dealt before the Cubs begin the four-game series in Arizona on Monday.

According to a report from David Kaplan, Garza’s performance over the weekend against the Cardinals has pushed several teams into serious negotiations with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer for Garza “despite the fact that the price to acquire the talented starter is extremely high.” The thought around the game prior to his recent outings against the White Sox and Cardinals was that the Cubs were asking too much for Garza but that “perception has started to change.”

From reports on Monday, teams such as the Rangers, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Nationals, Cardinals, Pirates, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Rockies and Indians were linked to Garza.

The Rangers are considered the favorite to land Garza despite that fact Texas reportedly does not like trading prospects for rentals. But a deal could be expanded with the Rangers that would include Alfonso Soriano according to the Tribune.

Multiple reports in recent days have indicated St. Louis is very interested in Garza and Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak was able to get a firsthand look at him behind homeplate on Saturday night. The Cardinals might not be willing to part with top talent that they could end up watching for a decade or more in a Cubs’ uniform for a two and a half month rental in Garza.

According to David Kaplan, the Cubs are willing to trade Garza within the division because they are looking for the best return for their top trading piece.

The Pirates are also thought to be very interested in Garza and would be willing to part with a couple of their top prospects to acquire him. Pittsburgh has a very deep system and a lot of pressure not to fold after the All-Star break for the third year in a row.

Jim Bowden reported on Monday night that there is an 80 percent chance that Garza is traded before his next start. Bowden reported the Rangers, Nationals, Red Sox, Diamondbacks and Rockies are all in on Garza and so are the Indians, but to a lesser extent. During his show on MLB Network Radio on Monday, Bowden said the Rangers are “all in on Garza” and the Indians could land Garza for a package that included Trevor Bauer. Bowden said that Garza is seen as a difference maker for a contending team and the Cubs are going to get a top prospect, or two, for him.

The Cubs are in a position to acquire top talent for Matt Garza that will make them more competitive in the near future.

Alfonso Soriano

Jon Heyman thinks teams such as the Rangers, Yankees and Rays could be interested in trading for Alfonso Soriano because all three teams are looking for a right-handed bat. The Cubs are willing to eat 2/3 of what is left on Soriano’s contract according to Heyman if they can receive the right player or players in return. While Heyman believes Soriano would be a fit for the three AL teams, he is amazed that Soriano doesn’t draw more interest.

Phil Rogers reported the Cubs and Rangers are discussing a deal for Matt Garza that could be expanded to include Alfonso Soriano.

Kevin Gregg

Kevin Gregg’s stock is plummeting. While the Cubs decision to wait on trading Matt Garza has increased his value, the Cubs have likely held onto Kevin Gregg a little too long. Gregg is 0-1 in his last six games with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP (six runs on seven hits with two home runs, five walks and six strikeouts in six innings). Many question if the Cubs could have received anything of value in return for Gregg to begin with, but the way he has pitched of late has reduced him to a possible setup man for a contending team.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

According to a report from Jesse Sanchez, Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez received his unblocking license (OFAC) from the U.S. Government and is free to sign with a Major League Baseball team.

The Cubs have sent scouts to watch Gonzalez and are thought to have heavy interest in the 26-year old right hander. Gonzalez consistently sits in the mid-90s with his fastball and has touched 96 mph on the gun. Gonzalez also throws a cutter, change-up and a curveball.

Reports have suggested Gonzalez could sign a free-agent contract worth anywhere from four years and $40 million to five years and $60 million, if not more.

The Cubs are expected to be in the bidding for Gonzalez until the end but the Dodgers are considered the favorite to outbid everyone for his services.

Jesse Sanchez thinks Gonzalez could sign with a team in the very near future (this week or next week).

Minor League News

The Boise Hawks announced 12 roster moves on Monday. Lance Rymel, Trey Masek, Carlos Martinez-Pumarino, Carlos Penalver and Yasiel Balaguert were added back to the roster after missing the series in Vancouver due to visa and passport issues. The Hawks added RHP Michael Wagner, the Cubs 15th round pick in the recent draft. Eddie Orozco was assigned to Boise from Kane County. To make room on the roster, Orbandy Rodriguez, Ethan Elias, Jesse Hodges and Kevin Brown have been reassigned to the Arizona Cubs.

The most notable addition to the Boise Hawks roster was that of RHP Dillon Maples. Baseball America ranked Maples as the 18th best prospect in the system in their pre-season rankings and after an injury plagued 2012 season, Maples really struggled at Kane County this season. Maples was 0-2 in 11 games, seven starts, with an 8.31 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP. In 34 2/3 innings at Kane County, Maples walked 31 batters and gave up 33 hits with only 34 strikeouts. The Cubs need to get him pointed in the right direction and maybe the demotion is exactly what he needs.

Arismendy Alcantara

Arismendy Alcantara has created quite the buzz this season and his performance in the Futures Game on Sunday created even more attention. Alcantara is hitting .280/.354/.475/.829 in 91 games for the Smokies this season with 23 doubles, two triples and 13 home runs. Alcantara leads the Southern League in extra basehits.

Jason Parks tweeted Sunday that Alcantara is the Cubs’ future second baseman while Baseball Prospectus had this to say about the 21-year old switch-hitting middle infielder.

Baseball Prospectus: This is real: Alcantara has real ability with the bat. He has plus bat speed and will hit for power. He showed a lot of us something today and is worthy of a spot on all prospect radars.

News and Notes

Brian Bogusevic re-aggravated his left hamstring during Sunday’s game and left in the eighth inning. The Cubs will have a better idea of the severity of his injury and status before the Rockies series begins on Friday.

Signs of life for the Cubs are still a couple of years away according to the Tribune.

And lastly … For those that thought the Cubs have signed some bad contracts over the years, more details about Bobby Bonilla’s infamous contract surfaced and as it turns out, Bret Saberhagen also remains on the Mets’ payroll. Bonilla is not only receiving deferred payments on a $29.8 million contract but there is a second deferred deal that pays Bonilla an additional $500,000 per year for 25 years that began in 2004. Bonilla’s two additional contracts are worth $42 million. As for Saberhagen, the Mets began paying him $250,000 a year for 25 years in 2004.

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  • daverj

    Some interesting possible returns for Garza from each of the rumored teams. I doubt it happens, but I would love to walk away from this trade season with (in order of my preference) Taillion, Carlos Martinez, Rubby DeLaRosa, Martin Perez, or Aaron Sanchez.

    If I recall correctly, last year the Cubs wanted Allen Webster from LA for Dempster. I wonder if he might be part of Garza to Boston deal. Give me DeLaRosa and Webster for Garza and we have a deal!

  • J Daniel

    Bonilla is probably on some island with an umbrella in his drink and a big smile on his face. Nice if you can get it!

    • Ripsnorter1

      His conscience…how is that enjoying retirement?

      • J Daniel

        Doesn’t care, he earned it, is probably what he is thinking. Laughing all the way to the islands!

  • J Daniel

    There is no doubt that prospects starting to arrive at Clark and Addison is still another season away. Just shows how barren the system was. I know many are still holding out hope for Bjax and Vitters but IMO it is not going to happen here with them. They may need to be thrown into trades to enlarge them, which is fine.

    The real start to prospects coming will be with Lake followed by Alcantara and then one of the big ones (Almora, Soler, Baez, Bryant). Maybe Lake appears if Sori is dealt? I know you can’t rush them up as they have to be ready.

    Might just be one more summer of sign and trade for prospects?

    • Ripsnorter1

      IF Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters had lived up their billings, you would not have considered it such a dry system.

      • J Daniel

        You are correct, but as you would state, just stating the facts.

        • DWalker

          Blame needs to be put on the developmental system. In a good system, some of those failures might have been fixed while they were working through the system.

          • J Daniel

            I am with you on the developmental system but a lot is on the individual player as well. Maybe they just are not good enough? It is a hard game and the odds are tough.

            Just because you get picked in the first round doesn’t mean you are a first round player. Very difficult to measure heart, intangibles, and the ability to be coached properly. Sometimes, players just don’t listen, don’t get it, don’t believe it, or have other people in their ear.

            In the case of the Cubs, I would say it has been a combined effort of bad development, bad scouting leading to bad picks, and trading off some of the good ones they have had to try to catch lightning in a bottle. Not a good combination.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Yup. The truth is the truth.

          My point was that Jackson looked so good that I don’t blame JHendry for picking him.

          Vitters, to a lesser degree, imo, also looked inviting.

          The scouts say that both SHOULD have worked out. Vitters doesn’t care enough, and Jackson….I know folks will bristle at this…..but I think the coaching failed him. Or maybe he just wasn’t good enough, like you say.

        • 07GreyDigger

          You have to remember that every team is going to hype their prospects because that’s how you market young players. So even if the Cubs #1 guy is recognized as the #200 guy for Baseball America, they have to hype them regardless. Sell them to the fan base.

    • cubtex

      And remember….you cannot discount Josh Donaldson,Chris Archer,DJ LeMahieu,Tyler Colvin,Ryan Flaherty,Marwin Gonzales,Andrew Cashner…..anyone else? Donaldson should have been an allstar. Cashner is doing a nice job this year in the Padres rotation and Archer has had a couple of really good starts for the Rays.

      • 07GreyDigger

        Depending on your criteria, yes. I’m assuming you listed most of the guys for making the majors, but I don’t consider Flaherty or Gonzalez as quality players as they are on the fringe of being in baseball.

        • cubtex

          Just pointing out that the system did produce some major leaguers. Archer was aquired in a trade so to include him is questionable(although he was in A ball when the Cubs got him) Cashner and Donaldson both are future all stars imo

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

            I liked the Harden trade at the time. He used to be so good. But it would be nice to have Donaldson playing 3rd for us.

          • cubtex

            yes it would. I was never crazy about Sean Gallagher and didn’t mind giving him up.

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

            I have to admit at the time I didn’t like losing Gallagher. I thought he was looking like he had a future. Shows what I know…

          • 07GreyDigger

            But who here could have ever have guessed that Josh Donaldson was going to amount to anything? There’s nothing in his minor league numbers that have come close to what he’s done this season. I imagine that this will be one of those seasons by a player that will never be matched.

          • Tony_Hall

            Yes sir and how many years later has it been……

          • Tony_Hall

            Do you not want to list the major league players that the Cubs system produced that are still with the Cubs?

            And now Chris Archer is good??? He sure has looked good lately.

          • cubtex

            Archer is good. He is a back end starter with excellent stuff and command issues.

      • J Daniel

        Agree with you in some way but let’s say they still had all of those guys. Would they be any better off? Maybe? I don’t think so … deduct Rizzo from the Cashner deal and Garza with the Archer deal. DJ is ok but IMO all are just ok fill in type of guys with none, with the possible exception of Cashner and Donaldson being high impact.

        I can’t fault them for Donaldson as I think he was in the Harden deal? They were so close and had he put them over the top, well, we would all still be having a party! It is that trying to catch lightning in a bottle trying to be “that guy” that won it for the Cubs.

        Had they gone about keeping all of those guys, tried to build it through the draft and development of your own, well they might be much further along now. Oh, wait, that is what they are trying to do now.

        As much as we want them to win I am sure Theo and boys probably want it as well. They are not stupid and know what is at the end of the rainbow if they to win it. That is why they took on this monster job. Of the many things I like about them were complete opposite of the way it was being done. No media leaks whatsoever – really funny. Really have shown NO signs of caving into public pressure and deviate from their plan. Spending a lot on player scouting and development.

        I have said many times that their plan may not work but they have a plan and really believe in their plan. I have a suspicion that it will work and when they do become good they will be really good and stay really good.

        If not, well, on to the next 5 year plan. We have seen enough of them!

  • GaryLeeT

    Some people say that a 2 1/2 month rental of Garza is not worth a top prospect, but wouldn’t the team that gets him have the inside track to resign him, or get the compensatory draft pick if he walks, and signs elsewhere?

    • raymondrobertkoenig

      Whether or not any team that might acquire Garza signs him to an extension should be of no concern to the Cubs’ FO. If they trade Garza their only concern should be receiving what they believe to be a fair return.

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

        And resigning him if possible in the offseason, how sweet would that be?

        • J Daniel

          Don’t think that will happen, possible, but unlikely. Can’t think of any off the top of my head although I am sure it has happened. It would be sweet though.

          • triple

            I brought this up a couple weeks ago… The Indians traded Kenny Lofton to the Braves just before the last season of his contract. Then Lofton resigned with the Indians in the off-season.

          • bpot92

            Cliff Lee was traded by Philly then resigned with them! He loved the city and thought it provided the best chance to win. He took a discount to do it. Garza loves Chicago but will not be taking a discount with Boras and also with the Cubs at least a year off wont take less money

    • jiba11

      The team would get the inside track but no compensatory pick. The new rules state that you must have the said player for the whole year in order to get a pick if you fail to resign him.

      • GaryLeeT

        Thank you for answering my question.

    • J Daniel

      And if you win a WS? Wouldn’t we be happy? Teams in a position have to do what they need to do to win … with some smarts.

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

        No kidding. Garza could put the Cardinals, Rangers or Pirates over the top. Do you want the trophy or not? If so, do what it takes to get Garza, who has been as good as anyone in baseball for the past month.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I believe you only get a compensatory draft pick if you had control of the player prior to the season starting and that’s only if you offer him a qualifying offer.

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

    I love what I’m hearing regarding the Pirates and Cardinals. Two battling division rivals bidding against each other can only help our return. Should also drive up the price for others. I like the idea of Pittsburgh for him. It wouldn’t be the same as winning in Chicago but they are pretty starved. Plus it’s a beautiful stadium and a good situation for him, and it would hurt the Cardinals! I don’t mind the division rival, he’ll be around a few more years and we’ll haunt them with a prospect for the next 10.

    I hope we can go get Gonzalez. But I wouldn’t get into a huge bidding war with the Dodgers. The way they want to do things isn’t how I want to do them. Pay big money, fine. But don’t break the bank for any one guy. Don’t be the Yankees of 10 years ago.

    I’m very excited about Alcantra. Future is bright. When will we announce Jimenez? I’m ready for these new international signings and Bryant to get assignments.

    • JasonPen

      I’m also very excited about Alcantra. I don’t know why, but when I watched his highlights, I saw some Jose Reyes in him. Then I went and I looked up Reyes’ mL numbers and they are close.

    • bpot92

      The Cubs may be waiting to sign Jimenez until after the trade deadline to see if they can get under the 15% mark. There is no way to get under the 10% mark with the signing of the 18 year old pitcher as well but under 15% might be key.

  • 07GreyDigger

    I appreciate getting the best return, but get on with it. Too much suspense. As for the Rangers and Soriano, why would they do that deal when they have Manny in the minors?

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

    If Sullivan’s report is true and the Rangers won’t deal Perez, then they shouldn’t get Garza. They are in it to win it now and Garza will help them more than Perez. Time to pony up Rangers! I hope Thoyer sticks to their guns and demands Perez or no deal. We’ve got Bryant so we don’t need Olt.

    • cubtex

      I like some of the other names the Rangers are dangling Boardrider. If they can get a Luis Sardinas a SS(who IMO has a higher ceiling than a Hak Ju Lee) a Luke Jackson and a Neil Ramirez….that is a very good return. Ramirez is a back end guy…but you can plug him in next year and Jackson has TOR stuff and is a year or so away.

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

        Okay, I’m down with that I guess. I trust your judgment Ray and I know your in that area so if you say so.

        But it just seems to me we need to get a future top of the rotation starter. But assets are assets, you can always turn them into others. With our depth at SS we could turn a few of these prospects into pitching or groom them to play other spots. I heard where Oregon State used that strategy a few years back when they won back to back championship with Barney and Gillespie on board. They’d recruit SS and move them to spots all over the field. Basically 6 or 7 of 8 starters on the field being former SS.

        • cubtex

          If you look at who the Cubs traded to get Garza…they really only gave up Archer and Lee who still have some value and could be good. I think the Cubs could get a better return for Garza now than Archer and Lee and you therefore look at that trade as a win! The way it sounds is that teams are starting to come up in there attempt to aquire Garza. Sardinas doesn’t get a lot of publicity yet but he will. He has a ton of upside and is a true SS. There are still some question marks if Baez can stay there. There is no doubt Sardinas can stick at SS. We’ll see what happens but I think we will be happy with the return when it is all said and done.

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

            Good to hear. I’m excited for the next few days in Cubbie-land…

          • J Daniel

            Agree, again, on all said! Baez can be moved to 3rd or OF, especially if his bat is that good.

            The Garza trade has turned out to be a good one, as has a number of JH’s trades. The bad one (and we can all go over this again), IMO, was DeRosa which started the downhill spiral which led to chasing bad move after bad move.

            What they do need is an outstanding double play combo that can continually grind, give professional ab’s, be great defensively, and if a guy like Alcantara can hit like it sounds, well that is enough.

            Build hitters at 3b, 1b, all OF, and have excellent pitching.

          • Tony_Hall

            “At the time, ESPN’s Buster Olney heard that Andrew Friedman and the Rays “didn’t get much in the way of high-end prospects; more depth type guys than impact.” Archer, 24, seems ready to challenge that evaluation as a member of the Rays’ rotation, while Lee, a 22-year-old shortstop, was knocking on the door of the Majors until a knee injury ended his season in April. It’s clear now the Cubs gave up a huge haul to acquire three years of Garza; now their new regime is marketing the remaining two-to-three months of his services to recoup as much young talent as possible.”

            http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/07/matt-garza-rumors-tuesday-1.html

          • cubtex

            I read that from Tim Dierkes. Please! A huge haul? Do you agree with that???? Lee is and still is replaceable. I never have questioned Archer’s stuff. He has command issues. His last start against the Astros was the 1st and I repeat the 1st complete game in 170 career starts throughout the minors and majors. He has good stuff but will never be a TOR in my opinion. This was a great trade for the Cubs. Watch….even with Garza being a rental….they will get back better than Archer and Lee.

          • Tony_Hall

            We will see. The best part is time will tell as Lee comes back and Archer is in the rotation.

            Since when did CG’s become a way to see how good a SP is?? There are so few of them, that that just tells me which managers are more willing to let a pitcher finish than others.

          • cubtex

            Look at his starts with the Rays. 100 pitches thru 5.2. 97 into the 5th. He throws too many pitches to complete games. Even if you had Lee…..who do you think he is ahead of and where would he play?

          • Tony_Hall

            It isn’t about where Lee would play. It was always about the timing of the trade. It would be like trading 5 prospects now for an expensive SP….it is not the time to do that. You do that when it helps you make the playoffs or you feel it puts you over the top to win in the playoffs.

            Really don’t want to go down the same old argument again.

          • cubtex

            Me neither. You started it. So there O-

          • Tony_Hall

            I just responded, you were already talking about earlier…

            But I give….Garza was the greatest trade the Cubs ever made….it brought us ZERO playoff appearances……

          • cubtex

            So every trade is based on playoff appearances? We have gone to exhaustion on this. Again, I will explain this to you one more time. We had Garza for 3 years. We traded basically 2 players for him with value. Garza will be traded and IF Theo makes a good trade and the Cubs get back better prospects than Archer and Lee….Isn’t that an upgrade for your system and team?

          • Tony_Hall

            Let’s see who they get back. They may get nothing more than a compensatory pick or could get back 3 future All-Stars. Somewhere in the middle is probably more likely.

            And yes, when you make trades that you (as GM) believe helps you make the playoffs then that is a good way to see if it worked. If a team trades for Garza and miss the playoffs or lose in the first series, you think they will call that a good trade?

          • cubtex

            2 different scenarios. What is so hard to understand? Garza was controllable for 3 years when the Cubs aquired him. Garza will be a rental for a playoff team to get them to the next level and they cannot trade him for value after the season

          • J Daniel

            You guys are like a couple of old women and it is great! Love it, keep up the passion!

          • bpot92

            I tend to agree with you that it was the wrong time, but would we be better off with Archer and Lee right now. In a way that bad timing has led to an extra piece for Theo and Hoyer to work with as well as a stable rotation this year.

          • Tony_Hall

            I have always been against the timing of the trade. We should have been the team trading guys to bring back prospects at that time. If we had done that, instead of trades like this, we would have cut this rebuild time down considerably.

          • Tony_Hall

            Chris Archer 2013

            9 starts

            2.96 ERA

            1.16 WHIP

            I would like to have a young cost controlled 24 year old arm like this in our rotation.

          • cubtex

            You take those 9 starts 3 years later…..and I will take Garza for 3 years and his current value.

          • Tony_Hall

            I hope we do get more, but you can’t tell me that you wouldn’t like to have Chris Archer in our rotation right now. and Hak Ju Lee in AAA (hopefully not hurt).

          • cubtex

            Read the scouting report on Sardinas I just posted. Lee is replaceable. I would obviously like to have Archer but if that is what it took to nab Garza at the time…I would do it 10 times out of 10 times

          • J Daniel

            Agree. Let’s not forget that it was a trade made in a desperate time for JH trying to make one last run. Considering all, a good trade for both. Rays got one guy that worked out, JH got his one last shot, and the Cubs will probably get a good player in return.

          • bpot92

            What hurts even more is that if I remember right it was between Archer and McNutt… We could have had both Archer and Garza!!

      • daverj

        If that is the best the cubs can do, then I think your proposal would work. Id strongly prefer feliz to ramirez though if that were possible.

    • J Daniel

      Devils advocate … if the phone is ringing off the hook and it is a better offer than ours … well take their offer. Two can play at that game.

  • TrevorPetersma

    I’m getting nervous that things won’t get done and we will end up with way less than we could have, ala the Dempster fiasco last year. I know that is just me being pessimistic but I just really want to see a great return for Garza.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Garza doesn’t have a no trade clause, so that’s not going to happen. The Cubs are waiting for the best return. Teams are saying their asking price is too high, but at every deadline SOMEONE will pay it.

      • TrevorPetersma

        I was less than clear in articulating my fear I guess. It is not exactly the same as the Dempster thing at all. I just am hoping they have a good feeling on when other teams are going to blink versus missing out on a very good deal because we are waiting for the mega deal.

      • J Daniel

        Someone usually will or come close. Game of chicken … playing poker!

    • J Daniel

      Actually might have worked out better … only time will tell.

  • cubtex

    Tony- If they get Luis Sardinas in the trade it is a big W replacing Hak Ju Lee. Sardinas is a better prospect than Lee. Read his scouting report below…

    Someone in the Texas system is very, very good at finding high quality
    shortstops. Signed by the Rangers back in 2010 as an IFA, Luis Sardinas
    is an underrated shortstop prospect from Venezuela who has all the raw
    tools to be a superstar. After a rookie 2011 cut short due to injury,
    Sardinas showed what he could do at A-level Hickory last season by
    slashing an easy .291/.346/.356 line while wowing the crowd with
    highlight-reel defensive wizardry.

    A natural switch-hitter,
    Sardinas shows equal effectiveness from either side of the plate, and
    brings superior speed to the table as well. He’s not shown much power
    yet, but he has a body to grow into, so some pop should be coming along
    presently. If he has a weak spot, he’s a bit twitchy and impatient at
    the plate, but that’s hardly a serious flaw in a still-teenaged
    prospect. While the baseball world is busy writing about an imaginary
    battle between Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar, Sardinas might
    eventually surpass both of them.

    • Tony_Hall

      IF……IF…..IF……

      IF, Matt Garza would have led us to the playoffs and to a World Series Championship…..IF

      • cubtex

        One player cannot do it on his own.

        • Tony_Hall

          That is why the timing was wrong….you are finally getting it ;)

          • cubtex

            Your killing me smalls! I am done on this. Got to leave the office. Take care

  • SirGladiator

    Sounds like a bidding war is going to make this a really huge haul for us! I’d love to do a trade with St Louis, they’ve got a ton of awesome young talent they can easily spare, they can make a huge offer that will benefit us for more than a decade. Of course Texas has a ton of young talent also, and they seem to want Soriano, so that makes them very appealing. I also have a soft spot for trading with Cleveland for Bauer, he’s so terrible right now but he’s got ace potential with the right pitching coach, and we have the right pitching coach. We did give up a lot to get Garza, but his value increased and we’re going to get back even more, this is exciting!

    • TheWrongGuy

      SirGlad *high five* But I don’t like Bauer. He doesn’t fit with the CUBS style of pitching and philosophy. He wants to call his own game from the mound and strike everyone out. The CUBS like 3 pitch 3 out innings(who doesn’t). I don’t think the CUBS FO like his delivery either. With Bauer’s delivery he will last about 2 years or less. He is a ticking time-bomb awaiting for TJ surgery. He also has stated that he won’t change his delivery. He also has a bad rep in Arizona with their catcher. All in all he seems like another Big Z problem waiting to happen. I DO NOT WANT HIM IN A CUBS UNIFORM.