All of the Rumors that Matt-er and a Look at the Cubs Trade Pieces

With the Mid-Summer Classic in the rearview mirror, the focus throughout the game will turn to the non-waiver trade deadline. The Cubs figure to be one of the most active teams leading up to July 31 and they have several players, other than Matt Garza, that could help contenders down the stretch and into October. This regime does not use the word “untouchable” when referring to players and while there are players on the roster that appear to be core pieces moving forward, the Cubs are reportedly willing to listen to offers for every player on the roster.

There are no two ways about it the Cubs biggest trade chip is Matt Garza. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer know what they have and they are not going to give him away. The Cubs are reportedly looking for a top prospect or two in return for Garza to aid in building an organization with sustained success.

There are at least 12 teams in on Matt Garza according to Jim Bowden and the Rangers are seen as the favorite to acquire him, but don’t count out teams such as the Cardinals, Diamondbacks and Indians. The other teams thought to be talking to the Cubs about Garza include the Dodgers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Braves, Rays, Rockies and Pirates.

As for what the Rangers could be willing to deal for Garza became quite the debate following David Kaplan’s report that Bob Nightengale believes Jurickson Profar is in play in discussions for Garza. Nightengale basically denied saying as much a short time after Kaplan reported his statement. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegraph joined Kaplan on his radio show and said he would be “stunned” if Profar was included in a deal for Garza. Wilson said the Rangers would not include Profar in a deal for a rental. Wilson acknowledged the Rangers have been on Garza for a while but they are also not willing to part with Martin Perez for Garza. Wilson thinks a package of Mike Olt and a pitching prospect would get the deal done. Joel Sherman reported on Tuesday that the Rangers would like to do a deal for Garza that would include either Nick Tepesch or Justin Grimm. And T.R. Sullivan thinks the Rangers might be willing to give up Neil Ramirez, Carlos Pimental, Leury Garcia or Luis Sardinas.

The Diamondbacks are thought to be making a big push for Garza. Kevin Towers and Theo Epstein go way back and Arizona has the prospects that it would take to land Garza. According to Jim Duquette, Arizona views Garza as a way to help hold off the Dodgers for the west crown.

David Kaplan reported that while the Cubs are looking at dealing Garza “as a chance to hit the jackpot” rival general managers do not want to part with elite prospects for two and a half months of Matt Garza.

Once the Cubs trade Matt Garza, the team is expected to take several short-term pieces and turn them into long-term assets. This time of year is chocked full or rumors, some reliable, some not so much. So before the trade season kicks into full gear, here is what is believed to be known about the players currently on the Cubs’ roster.

Pitchers

The only starter that appears to be available is Matt Garza. But there are relievers that are believed to be available.

Edwin Jackson – The Cubs just signed Jackson to a four-year deal and there appears to be zero interest in Jackson throughout the league at this point … and the Cubs made a long-term commitment to him that will help fill out a rotation at least for the next two years.

Travis Wood – For as good as Wood has been, one would expect at least a rumor or two. But there are no rumblings about Wood and there shouldn’t be.

Carlos Villanueva – Villanueva signed a team friendly contract in the off-season (two years, $10 million) and with the Cubs commitment to fill out a rotation after the deadline with Major League pitchers, Villanueva should be sticking round. Villanueva has not ended up in the rumor mill yet this summer and he figures to at least finish the season in the Cubs’ rotation.

Jeff Samardzija – The Cubs see Samardzija as one of the building blocks moving forward. But they reportedly talked to Kevin Towers about him long enough to ask for Archie Bradley and Tyler Skaggs in return. Gordon Wittenmyer recently addressed Samardzija’s future with the Cubs on the Dave Kaplan Show. Wittenmyer thinks the Cubs will focus on signing Samardzija to a long term extension in the off-season. It does not appear the Cubs have any interest in trading Samardzija this summer.

Kevin Gregg – The Cubs’ front office might have waited too long to trade Gregg. The Rockies, Indians, Braves, Dodgers, Tigers and Orioles have been linked to Gregg as each one of those teams look for a late-inning reliever. What the Cubs could receive for a pitcher with the track record of Kevin Gregg is unknown at this point, but it does not figure to be much. A swap of a veteran reliever for a young, controllable reliever with upside would seem about right.

James Russell – The Cubs have control over Russell for two more seasons, which should increase his value if Epstein and Hoyer try to move him. Teams such as the Tigers and Orioles are believed to be interested in Russell. The Cubs should view the situational lefty as a little more than a just a lefty specialist due to his contract status if they try to trade him.

The other relievers in the pen figure to have little value on the market but it would not be surprising to see the Cubs move Matt Guerrier in August to a team looking for help until the rosters expand on September 1. The Cubs appear to be very happy with Pedro Strop and view him as a bullpen piece moving forward. Strop has pitched well since the trade. And relievers such as Michael Bowden, Hector Rondon and Blake Parker can be found on most team’s 40-man roster throughout the league.

Catchers

Dioner Navarro – There have been rumblings that Navarro could be included in a trade with Matt Garza due to the way Garza has pitched with him behind the plate. Navarro is on record as saying he would like to be an everyday catcher again which doesn’t seem to mesh with the Cubs’ plans. Starting Navarro in back-to-back games prior to the break was a curious move. While Castillo was dealing with dehydration earlier in the month, he appeared to be healthy when he caught Carlos Villanueva, plus Travis Wood was very successful with Castillo as his battery mate. Were the Cubs showcasing Navarro for a possible deal? Navarro has not been linked directly to another team, yet, but the Cubs have not shown they are averse to trading multiple players in the same deal.

Welington Castillo – The Cubs are very high on Welington Castillo and like the progress he has made this season. The lack catching prospects near big league ready in the system also diminishes the possibility of trading Castillo. If the Cubs move a catcher, chances are J.C. Boscan finishes out the year as the Cubs’ backup catcher.

Infielders

Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo are considered core pieces of the Cubs’ building process. The Cubs will reportedly listen to offers for all of their players but trading Castro at this point would make zero sense and the same can be said about Rizzo.

Darwin Barney – There is not any noise around Barney right now and he appears to be more valuable to the Cubs than what he could bring back in a trade. One thing to keep in mind is that Barney could be included in a larger deal to a defensively challenged team that has enough offense. The Tigers have been interested in Barney in the past.

Luis Valbuena – The Cubs like Valbuena and he falls under the same category as Darwin Barney. Valbuena is likely more valuable to the Cubs than what they could net in return. Valbuena is under the Cubs control for two more seasons and there is nothing really behind him in the system at third base. Valbuena has not been mentioned in any trade rumors to this point.

Cody Ransom – Ransom has parlayed regular playing time into a good season but he is likely an August trade candidate and not a player that would be dealt in July. Ransom is filling in nicely at third and is not blocking anyone until Junior Lake is ready to come up in August … or in September.

Outfielders

The Cubs lost two possible trade chips when David DeJesus and Ryan Sweeney crashed into two different outfield walls and went on the DL the following days. Both players were having good seasons prior to their injuries. There has been talk the Cubs could still try to trade DeJesus once he returns and proves he is healthy but the Cubs like what he brings to the clubhouse and view him as a very affordable veteran that can provide leadership to what figures to be a young team next season.

Alfonso Soriano – Soriano is healthy and has recently shown that when he can rest his legs, he can still hit the ball a mile. Soriano reportedly turned down a trade to the Giants last season and to borrow Ryan Dempster’s line from a year ago, he is the hammer and can veto any trade. The Rangers are thought to have some interest and Jon Heyman thinks the Rays and Yankees should have interest. The Cubs are willing to send a good portion of the nearly $26 million owed to Soriano with him depending on the return.

Nate Schierholtz – The Pirates have been connected to Schierholtz but the Cubs do not appear to be willing to move him. The Cubs have Schierholtz under control for one more season and he would give Junior Lake a good platoon partner in right field next season.

Julio Borbon, Brian Bogusevic, Cole Gillespie and Dave Sappelt do not figure to garner much interest this month but both Borbon and Sappelt could provide a contender with a fifth outfielder and a pinch-running option off the bench for a low level minor leaguer.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have already traded three players that were on their active roster on Opening Day this month. The Cubs roster has constantly changed throughout the season and the changes should continue this month and into August.

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  • Tony_Hall

    Nice overview of the roster and each situation.

    • J Daniel

      Tony, great back and forth with Cubtex yesterday! Classic.

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

        I missed it, I’ll have to go back and look. I too love the back and forth between two of my buddies on here, Tex and Tony.

        I usually am right on the same page as Tony but lately I’ve been there with Tex too. Either way they’re two of the most passionate and informed guys on here and I love interacting with them both.

        • J Daniel

          They have had a number of these classics over the last couple of years.

  • calicub

    I’m confident in the return for any and all players moved. The FO has done well in all minus one trade from Campana to Zambrano. The Rockies sent their #30 prospect for Armondo Gallaraga. If that’s the market for SP the club shouldn’t have a problem doing what they do.

    Travis Wood open to an extension with the club. I say see how he does this second half and get him on Rizzo/Castro deal that’ll keep this core around for a few years to come.

    • J Daniel

      Agree with being confident in them getting the best returns. On Z, though, he had to go and held all the cards with the NTC, and didn’t do much and isn’t doing anything now. So I think that trade was garbage for garbage.

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

        I agree on Wood. Sign him up…

        • J Daniel

          I wouldn’t be to quick to give him big money though as he is probably a #4 at best so that is they type of money he should get. I wouldn’t worry about long term as far as injury though. Maybe a 4 year at 5, 6, 7, and 8?

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

            He can eat innings, and I’d say he’s a #3 and getting better. He’s got a sub 3 ERA and has been better every season we’ve had him. Also he’s a lefty.

          • 07GreyDigger

            But if you look at his other numbers, like FIP and all of those, his ERA should be much higher. I’d want a season or two of showing he can sustain his current numbers before I locked him up.

          • J Daniel

            I would tend to agree with you. I think he is going to be ok, though. I have no problem signing him now but because he still has a couple years with club control it would have to be a team friendly contract a little above his controllable pay but less than market for a #4/5 starter. And we all know the price of pitching is high.

          • Dorasaga

            Sure. His FIP is 3.59 this season so far. His last two AAA seasons with the Reds were 3.23 and 3.98 — that’s a solid #3 on my book. Will his ERA come closer to the statistical mean of his career or other #4? (regression) Maybe. And that’s still a 4.06 fip (as opposed to his career 3.86 ERA right now). He’ll be valuable. But if the Cubs can trade him as a #2 and be returned with more talents, then they would definitely do so.

          • J Daniel

            I like Wood, don’t get me wrong. I like Garza more and most of what I have read most scouts say he is probably a top #3 on a good team.

            I liken Wood to a Jason Marquis kind of guy … very good, better than most will give credit for, really rounds out a good rotation as he is an innings eater which saves the bullpen and helps out the other starters, but IMO is not a 1-3 on a playoff team. He is probably a #5 on a playoff team that is moved to relief for the playoffs.

          • cubtex

            2-10 5.07 ERA 17 HR’s allowed( I believe that was the most allowed in baseball)

            That was Travis Wood’s numbers from the 2nd half of last year. I think he has improved but expect his numbers in the 2nd half to be much higher this year as well.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Don’t insult the guy with Jason Marquis comparisons. Not very nice.

          • J Daniel

            I hear what you are saying but let’s see if Wood can get to 121 wins as Marquis is career 121-113 with 5 post season appearances. I know he is not the greatest but he is an excellent #5 pitcher. Takes the ball everyday, eats up a decent amount of innings, and is a .500 record.

          • daverj

            I’m not so sure. I think he’s a #4 at best, maybe a #5 on a good team. His ERA this season is deceptive as his BABIP is low. He’s really pitched more like a 3.75-4.00 ERA guy and as a flyball pitcher he’s benefited from the Chicago weather so far this season. I expect more balls will fly out of Wrigley the rest of the summer. Don’t get me wrong, I like Wood as a #4 or #5, but I don’t think now (while his ERA is low due to luck) is the time to sign him to a long term deal.

          • cubtex

            I totally agree. He is pitching over his head(which he did in the first half of last year as well) Did everyone forget about Wood’s 2nd half last year? Lets see how he does when it is 90 degrees every start and the ball travels. He gave up a ton of HR’s last year in the 2nd half.

          • 07GreyDigger

            That’s why I want to hold off on an extension.

          • mutantbeast

            Wood was a one zone pitcher last year. He could only throw inside consistently, had no real ability to command his arm side last year. Hes doing much better at that this year.

          • cubtex

            Yes he is doing much better but you can’t ignore the different splits from the 1st half to 2nd half last year.

            2012

            1st half ERA 3.05
            2nd 5.07

          • John_CC

            I do not completely disagree with you BUT young players do improve. Don’t forget that Wood is only 26, so it’s just as easy to take an optimistic view and believe that he is getting better.

          • cubtex

            I am not saying that he is not improving but lets see how he does in the 2nd half. There is no rush to extend him and lock him up. Lets see if he stays more consistent this year. Last year….he was not.

          • John_CC

            I agree. I appreciate the advanced metrics FIP and xFIP (though this one seems a little odd since Wood is hardly backed up by an exceptional defense) and I don’t think it is fair to expect Wood to perform as well as he has for the duration of the season. Most pitchers fair better, numbers wise, for the first half of the season. But I do not expect a collapse like last year. Wood is smart, athletic pitcher that is improving his game.

          • Tony_Hall

            Optimism….Cubtex…..they don’t go together very often….

          • Tony_Hall

            That is why you sign him now, it won’t be as big as it will be if you wait until FA. Teams should get a discount when giving players an extension and guaranteed money for the team taking on the risk on injury, versus the player having the risk of injury, from a financial point of view.

          • John_CC

            No one said “big money,” rather just get him locked up. He has had one great half of baseball, yes a little lucky, but not a strong enough track record to demand or warrant big bucks.

      • calicub

        Should have gone after guillen and Miami for collusion on that one.

        • J Daniel

          Maybe but things have a way of putting people in their place. Look at them now and basically both took the same path … self implosion.

  • calicub

    Not much in terms of FA upgrades this offseason.

    Alexi Casilla, Delmon Young, Jesus Flores, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Boone Logan are the only notables under the age of 30.

    Casilla isn’t much of an upgrade over Barney offensively

    Delmon Young. Yeah.

    Phil Hughes could be up for a Scott Feldman-esque NL rebound.

    Joba has attitude issues I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I don’t want any of them, do you?

      • J Daniel

        Not at all although I am sure they have a good idea of what rebound deadline trade guys they want.

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

          David Price is who I’d want. And I wouldn’t be against Ellsbury at the right price. He’s a unique combination of skills who is still fairly young. Although he is reaching the age where his speed could diminish, but I hear he’s a hard worker and for some reason I see him more in the mold of a Kenny Lofton.

          • J Daniel

            He has a much more power though. I like him as well but has had injuries.

          • cubtex

            Explain to me how the Ellsbury signing would be any different than if they signed Bourne? Bourne is healthier and Ellsbury is a walking DL stint. Ellsbury had 1 year where he showed power(PED”s?) Nobody talks about Ellsbury with PED’s but it is pretty suspicious. One year he hits 30 plus HR’s and he can’t even get into double digits now? And…he gets hurt a lot. I wouldn’t touch Ellsbury with a 10 foot pole

          • calicub

            I’d say no to Ellsbury too. I’d go choo any day. The problem moving forward is that the quality FA are all going to be tied to compensation so unless you are sure your team will be making a post season run its an awful big hit teams will have to take to make that “splash”.

          • cubtex

            Yep. That is why 2014 will be another tough year.

          • Tony_Hall

            The worst is over!!

          • texcubnut

            Tony is right. The worst is over and that was last year. I see improvment this year and I believe will only get better until we are competetive year in and year out. We will not be seeing 100 loss seasons again with this front office. Rock bottom was last year and we won’t be seeing that again.

          • cubtex

            I think it depends again on what they do in the offseason. Take Garza out of the rotation. Take Soriano out of LF and maybe Schierholtz. Take Gregg out of closer role(not a big loss but who will close next year?) If they aquire prospects who are still a year away or on the cusp and will struggle with growing pains…this team can be worse next year. A lot will depend on if they can find another Feldman or Schierholtz or Gregg who do better than expected

          • J Daniel

            Agree that it can be worse next year as I don’t see an everyday lineup that is ready to hit like is needed. Not sure they will be even close in the power department let alone the pitching improving. Still think it is another year away before we start to see some measurable progress.

            Progress is being made and when a few start to arrive it will start to bring some promise.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Blake Parker could be a closer. He’s done it in the minors and he’s pitching well here.

          • GaryLeeT

            From the small sample size I have seen, Strop appears to have closer stuff. Just not sure yet if he has it between the ears.

          • J Daniel

            I hope so but I think I have to agree with tex on this one. I do believe the end of this mess is closer than the beginning but still think next year will be a struggle unless somehow they bring a few up and they hit it running.

          • mutantbeast

            Choo is a platoon player. Great numbers against righties. Sucks against lefties.

          • triple

            I think signing a guy like Chris Young or Coco Crisp would probably fit more into the FO’s plan and not having to overspend too much money or too many years. Especially Chris Young, having a bad season, he may be looking for a 1-year pillow contract. You know he has a lot to prove if he’s gonna stick around in this league at this point. I do believe Coco Crisp would be the safer option, but he’d also cost more money, and want more years, but he may be a good veteran presence (with World Series experience) to have around the young outfielders as they break into the league over the next 2 to 3 years.

          • cubtex

            I don’t think Chris Young fits the mold. Low average guy with a lot of K’s. I can’t see them taking a flyer on him.

          • triple

            Yeah, I know what you mean, but even if he doesn’t fit what they want for an offensive batter, I think they’d be willing to take a shot since he provides good defense. And if he happens to have a good season offensively (they will catch lightning in a bottle) and trade him at the deadline.

            Who knows what kind of contract he could demand for next year though. The A’s have an option year left for him, but I can’t see them paying him $11 mil… but if the Cubs could have him for $6 or $7 (yes I realize how ridiculous that sounds), I wouldn’t be surprised if they’d be willing to roll the dice. Remember he’s at an all time low, and does have potential to be a 20HR/80RBI guy. In his years with the Dback in the NL, he averaged .239BA, .318OBP, 19HR,58RBI per year.

            Especially if any combination of Soriano, Scheirholtz, or DeJesus get moved, it may be worth taking a flyer on him if he’d accept a 1-year contract.

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

            Bourn’s season high in HR is 9, Ellsbury’s is 32. Ellsbury has 36 steals currently Bourn has 13. Ellsbury lifetime 298 hitter, Bourn 274. Ellsbury lifetime OBP 368, Bourn 338.

            Ellsbury’s recent and overall stats are better, and he plays spectacular defense. He also has hit for power so as his speed diminishes he can fall back on that which is nonexistent for Bourn.

          • cubtex

            Like I said. He hit 32 one year. What was his HR high after that one year? Looks a lot like Brady Anderson to me. How many DL stints has he had? I don’t want him.

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

            I didn’t say I’d take him for sure but I would consider him and if they signed him I wouldn’t be upset. I wouldn’t have really been upset if we had signed Bourn either but I see Ellsbury as a better investment.

          • cubtex

            Don’t you find it odd that after he hit his 32 HR’s in 2011 that he had only 4 last year in half a year and this year he has only 3?

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

            It is odd, but his drop in power has also coincided with staying healthy, at least this year so if you’re insinuating PED’s that part at least, doesn’t add up. Also the year after that power surge was one of his healthiest.

            He’s passed all his drug tests, so as of now I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. I’m not into pointing fingers unless there’s evidence because every guy with a surge doesn’t deserve that scrutiny because of guys like Braun and A-Rod. It’s one of the most unfair aspects for players in modern baseball.

            I think it could be a different type of conditioning. He’s currently probably focused on core exercises and stuff that allow him to be more quick and flexible as opposed to strength. He could easily go back to strength and probably will as his legs start to fail him.

            All I know is that I love what he’s been doing this year. He’s been one of the top 10 most dynamic players in the game. I won’t mind if we pick up a guy like that at age 30. As I said, I believe he’ll hit 25-30 bombs for the next 5 years at least.

          • 07GreyDigger

            I agree with Cubtex. (Ray). Sudden power surges should always be suspect in this era. Braun and ARod passed all their tests too, but yet it comes out they did steroids. I’m not ready to line up and sign a guy who has one solid year under his belt to a big money contract. Just like I’m not ready to lament the loss of Josh Donaldson for the same reason.

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

            Ellsbury had 70 SB in 2009 and batted 301. In 2008 he batted 336 with 50 SB. 2011 he batted 321 with 39 stolen bases. When healthy he’s been extremely consistent. He’s had over 300 PA in 5 of 7 seasons and over 600 in 3 and over 400 in 5. I’m not saying I 100% want them to sign him but he’s been more consistent than he gets credit for. They guy can play baseball when healthy and 2 of the past 3 years he’s played a whole season and in the other he played more than half.

          • Dorasaga

            Sounds like JD Drew.

          • mutantbeast

            Id stay from Ellsbury for one reason. BoreUs is going to want a 5 year plus contract for a 31YO outfielder. How old was Sorryono when we signed him to that bloated contract? Ill wait 2 years and see how Soler, Bryant and Almora turn out.

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

            I couldn’t argue with that…

          • Tony_Hall

            Not saying I want Ellsbury, but he has started to put up better numbers this year, and if you can get him (just like Bourne) on a 2 year deal (club option for year 3??) then it is ok…but just say not to the 4+ year deals for the guys 30 and over.

      • calicub

        Not really but If the price and length of commitment were right I’d go for Hughes. He’s at that age that starting pitchers start to fugue it out. Leaving the al east and coming to a larger ballpark in the NL would do him well.

    • mutantbeast

      Hughes is much better as a RP. Gives up few hits, but lots of long balls. If I get him, its as a BP piece. Hes a liability beyond 5 innings.

  • Dorasaga

    Neil, did you change the title of this page, different from last night??

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      No, I did not. I had a different working title but it did not get past word. Please email me and let me know what you saw that was different.

      • Dorasaga

        I see. Maybe my memory slipped away.
        :-)

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

    I love these kind of updates. I know that there isn’t a ton of new news on this daily but I really appreciate you continuing with new updates. Every morning when I wake up the first thing I’ve been doing is hopping on the site to see what the latest news and thoughts are…

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thanks man

      • J Daniel

        NIce headline!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Thank you.

    • cubtex

      I will be happy when Garza is finally traded and we can talk about the players we received. Lol

      • triple

        The next debate always is just around the corner.

        • Tony_Hall

          Now what would make you think that after Garza is traded we will have any kind of debate on hear??

          • triple

            Just a hunch… I do enjoy the banter!

  • J Daniel

    Cubtex, do you have your registration situated?

  • 07GreyDigger

    I heard Navarro to the Yankees. Makes sense. Too bad they have nobody to give us. Maybe Phil Hughes? That’s a pipe dream.

    • J Daniel

      Maybe it can be expanded with Sori, Navarro, and cash for Hughes and a low level prospect?

      • 07GreyDigger

        That sure sounds like a Yankees deal doesn’t it? Bring on the 30+ year olds for young players!

    • daverj

      Isn’t Hughes a free agent at the end of this season?

      • 07GreyDigger

        Yes he is. But I figure his age makes him a potential free agent target.

  • daverj

    Reading between all the lines, it sounds like the Rangers have offered Olt plus a choice of one of a few pitching prospects. The Cubs are probably shopping that offer around now hoping for more.

    • cubtex

      I would much rather have Sardinas than Olt. Hopefully that is what Theo is holding out for

      • J Daniel

        Don’t want Olt at this point, there is hopefully no need. My hope is that Bryant is the real deal which moves Baez to LF if he is the real deal. With comparisons to Sheffield’s bat Baez could be a major impact. But Baez could be at 3b as well with Lake in LF.

  • paulcatanese

    I see where Tunney is still creating waves about the
    jumbo-tron. Settle it once and for all. Put an upper deck around the outfield and then the jumbo trons on top of the upper deck, completely closing the park off from any outside influence, oh, and don’t forget the statue of Tunney outside the park, hanging upside down of course:)

  • Tom U

    A reliable source is reporting that Juan Carlos Paniagua was moved up to Kane County.

    • Tom U

      Update: Juan Carlos Paniagua is now listed as the starting pitcher tonight for Kane County

      • Suzy S

        That’s actually pretty exciting…if he is as good as reports say about him…He could be in thew rotation sooner rather than later.
        While we are not pitching rich…there ARE some nice arms beginning to filter into the system.

      • Tom U

        Juan Carlos Paniagua’s night is over. 2.1IP 3R 2ER 2K as Kane Co.now trails 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth.

  • Suzy S

    A really interesting read from a Boston Blog making a case for the Red Sox to acquire Carlos Villanueva over Matt Garza.

    I’m actually going to be visiting my homeland, (Boston), for the first time in 12 years next month…and my gut tells me that the BoSox might have a lot to say about thttp://www.overthemonster.com/2013/7/17/4530726/red-sox-trade-target-carlos-villanuevahe Cubs trade returns…before all is said and done…: