Cubs Reportedly Making Progress with Two Teams on a Deal for Garza

The focus was on Matt Garza when he took the mound on Saturday night for what was likely his final start in a Cubs’ uniform at Wrigley Field. The Garza rumors swirled all day and continued throughout the game as Garza put together another excellent outing. Garza held the high-powered Cardinals’ offense to two runs over 6 2/3 innings in route to his fifth straight win and sixth straight quality start.

Buster Olney reported during the game that the Cubs were said to be making progress with at least two teams on a deal for Matt Garza and he is likely to be traded during the All-Star break. And if Bruce Levine is correct, those two teams could be the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays.

The Cubs arranged their rotation out of the break in such a way that Garza will not start another game until the opener of the four-game series in Arizona on July 22. That is eight days in between starts. And while the Cubs claimed the reason for Garza’s long break was due to his lack of success in Denver (0-2 in two starts with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP), many feel the layoff will give the Cubs ample time to trade him and his new team will have the flexibility of inserting him into their rotation as needed.

Matt Garza walked off the mound at Wrigley on Saturday night to a standing ovation but according to a report from Comcast SportsNet, Garza was so focused on his performance on the mound that he did not let it soak in. Garza said after the game that he hopes Saturday night was not his last as a Cub at Wrigley.

The Rangers had two scouts watching Garza for the second time this week. Scouts from the Tigers, Orioles, Pirates and Blue Jays were also at Wrigley but it is unknown if they were there solely for Matt Garza or if a couple of those teams could be interested in Kevin Gregg and/or James Russell.

Bruce Levine reported Saturday night the Red Sox, Indians and Giants have “expressed strong interest” in Matt Garza and the Cubs are looking for pitching and “run-producing prospects” in return for Garza. Levine pointed out the Blue Jays and Rangers were the two teams trying to pry Garza away from the Cubs last year before he got injured. Levine reported a deal with the Rangers would likely include third base prospect Mike Olt.

Ken Rosenthal reported the Dodgers and the Nationals remain in the mix for Garza and the Cardinals would also be a fit for Garza … but St. Louis is unlikely to trade top talent for a two and a half month rental according to Rosenthal.

The Matt Garza Watch figures to continue on Sunday as Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer attempt to max out the return for the top starting pitcher known to be available.

Scott Baker

Scott Baker will make his first rehab start with the Kane County Cougars on Sunday. Baker is scheduled to throw four innings or 65 pitches. Baker could be a month away from joining the Cubs’ rotation if he does not have any setbacks.

Brett Jackson

Brett Jackson is close to starting a rehab assignment in Arizona after spending the last month on the DL with a calf injury. Reports on Saturday indicated the Cubs have spoken with Jackson about reporting to Double-A Tennessee when he is healthy enough to come off the DL instead of Iowa. According to Bruce Miles, Jackson “is upset about that idea.”

The Cubs feel a little time in Double-A could give Jackson some confidence and get him on track. In between three injuries this season, Jackson is hitting .223/.300/.367/.667 in 61 games for Iowa this season. Jackson has seven doubles, three triples, six home runs, 21 walks and 77 strikeouts in 242 plate appearances.

Arismendy Alcantara and the SiriusXM Futures Game

The SiriusXM Futures Game is Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm CDT on ESPN 2 and Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette will call the action on MLB Network Radio. One of the top prospects in the Cubs’ system will be in the starting lineup for the World Team.

Smokies’ second baseman, Arismendy Alcantara will hit second for the World Team.

This is a must-see event for those that closely follow Minor League Baseball and the top prospects in the game.

Cole Gillespie and the Cubs’ Roster

The Cubs’ claimed former Diamondbacks’ outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Giants on Saturday. Gillispie was added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster, which now stands at 40 players. Gillespie is expected to be activated before Sunday’s finale with the Cardinals. Unless the Cubs place Nate Schierholtz on the DL, which is not expected, the Cubs will have to send out a reliever to make room for Gillespie. There is always the possibility Garza could be traded but that does not seem likely prior to Sunday’s game.

There was talk prior to the Cubs designating Shawn Camp for assignment and optioning out Chris Rusin to open spots on the 25-man roster for Pedro Strop and Matt Guerrier that Henry Rodriguez’s days with the Cubs could be coming to an end. Will the Cubs make a decision on Henry Rodriguez just one day prior to a long break? The Cubs’ pen has performed much better of late and with Michael Bowden just being added back to the roster it would appear Rodriguez could be the odd man out.

Darwin Barney is glad to have his former Oregon State teammate with the Cubs … and Dale Sveum is familiar with Gillespie from their days together with the Brewers.

News, Notes and Rumors

David DeJesus is leaving for Arizona on Monday to increase his rehab. DeJesus is expected to play in a few games in Arizona once he is ready then go out on a short-rehab assignment in the Cubs’ system that could begin at the end of next week.

The Dodgers are looking to add a reliever and are believed to be interested in Kevin Gregg.

According to a report from Nick Cafardo, Alfonso Soriano is among the right-handed bats a few teams are looking at along with Hunter Pence, Kendrys Morales, Michael Young and Alex Rios.

Jason McLeod is in Des Moines watching the I-Cubs play for a couple of days. When asked how close Junior Lake was to be called up to the Majors, McLeod said Lake is very close. As for Javier Baez being promoted to Triple-A Iowa this season, McLeod said he doubts Baez would be promoted to Triple-A this season.

And speaking of Junior Lake and Javier Baez … Baez hit his second home run in as many games and worked a walk on Saturday night. Kyle Hendricks improved to 9-3 with another excellent outing while Baez (1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a walk) helped lead the Smokies to a 5-0 victory. With McLeod in attendance, Lake went 4-for-4 with a double, a RBI, two runs scored and three stolen bases.

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  • calicub

    Will Chris Rusin be pitching in the All-Star Game in Reno on Wednesday?

    • Neil

      He is expected to pitch in the game

      • calicub

        thanks neil, ill be missing the futures game this afternoon so it’ll be nice to at least watch some prospects on the national stage

  • calicub

    I hope we can unload Gregg soon. He’s looked awful shakey his last couple outings…

    Not that I’m all that eager to get into the Dodgers’ system, nor enjoy games without him but still this should be the last year of bottom scrapping and the Cubs need to get it where they can

    • Ripsnorter1

      You can bet that other GMs know who Kevin Gregg is. If he gets dealt to a contender, like Atlanta, I would be surprised.

      If you were Atlanta’s GM, would you be saying to yourself, “This guy was a waiver wire pickup. I just can’t wait to give up a top prospect for him.”


      • J Daniel

        Agree, Rip. but how many bad deals are made out if desperation or need even though they are supposed to “know” all players.

        • Ripsnorter1

          You are right. Some will take a chance, motivated by hope.

        • calicub

          Bingo! with that being said though I still think a GM will see that he has revamped his FB and may thrive in a set-up/spot closer role. Look at the return had for soto (apples and oranges i know) who was having one of the worst years ofhis career and was steadily declining but eventually netted Loux after Brigham was traded injured.

  • JasonPen

    Lets get this deal done.
    Send Garza and Soriano with cash to the Rangers, bring back Martin Perez and Mike Olt. Done deal.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Where would you put Olt?

      AAA? Vitters is better, and he’s not good enough to play MLB. Olt has his AAA BA up to .209 now, but 82 strikeouts in 215 AB means he fans way more than Brett Jackson, who fans too much to play MLB.

      AA? You want to sit Christian Villanueva for whom you gave up Dempster?

      A? Isn’t Olt supposed to be better than that? He’s 25 in August. He’s too old for A ball.

      Nope. Mr. Olt is not going to be an everyday MLB player. He may not even be a utility player. Mr. Olt is now a non-prospect.

      I don’t want him.

      Perez is good, though.

      • J Daniel

        Again, Rip, I agree. I posted last night I don’t believe Olt will be in the deal but not because of Vitters but because of Bryant. The only reason you get Olt in the deal is to deal other guys.

      • calicub

        I don’t understand what the world’s fascination with Olt is this year. 3B is no longer a weakness in theCubs system. They need pitching and MLB close catching IMO

        • cubtex

          It’s not a fascination, it’s that his name was mentioned quite a bit as being a player who would have been traded last year in a Garza deal. I hope that isn’t the case anymore.

          • calicub

            some (not so much here) are clamoring for a straight up trade of the two but at tis point he’s looking like he should be a throw in if anything with 2 top prospects eing the main focus.

          • Denver Mike

            I would finish the year with Garza, try to work out an extension, and worse case take the supplemental pick next year before trading Garza for Olt straight up. Just thinking about that trade almost ruined my morning, haha!

          • J Daniel

            There are a number of us that would like Garza to be resigned, including Cubtex. The issue comes down to if they have truly tried to resign him or not. If they have, and it was a fair market value and he has turned it down, well then what?

            The great thing about this type of chat, and don’t get me wrong as I like it, is that we are in the perfect world. The reality is we are not behind the scenes with 100% knowledge of what is going on.

            If he won’t resign they have to get something of value for him.

          • Denver Mike

            I don’t know much about him but Jorge Alfaro is intriguing, especially if he can stick at catcher. He is is carrying a .263/.334/.458 line through 262 ABs this season at A-ball with 11HR and 9SB he strikes out at about a 75% clip which is a bit concerning, but he might be an interesting alternative to Olt if Texas is indeed our main trade partner.

      • JasonPen

        I have said the same thing before, possibly on this site, or the traderumors site. But i was convinced by counter arguments to take a chance on Olt. He’s definitely a ‘buy low’ candidate, and if he performs to previous expectations then you have a stud you can flip once Bryant is fully developed. Also, his bad stats are supposedly from vision problems, and they have gotten that fixed, so only time will tell if he will improve. But yeah, the package should center around Perez and Olt. They won’t trade Perez straight up for Garza IMO, so you throw in Soriano and they throw in Olt and maybe a couple low level pitchers to make it even.

        • cubtex

          I don’t think they will trade Perez now period. What intrigues me now is if they can get Neftali Feliz and Luke Jackson for a Garza/Soriano package.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Texas is willing to throw in Nefi Perez and Dusty Baker.

          • daverj

            Agreed. If the Cubs can make that deal, they should.

          • Denver Mike

            I like the idea of taking a flyer on Feliz as well. Just as I am warming to the idea of Perez, he gives up 5 ER in 5.2IP today while serving up 3HR. I feel like we already have Martin Perez on our staff, except our version has a much more difficult name to spell.

          • daverj

            One start by Perez today should meaningless in terms of how your view or evaluate him. If you liked him this morning, you should still like him now.

          • cubtex

            Justin Grimm went on the DL as well. They only have 2 healthy starters in Holland and Perez. Perez isn’t going anywhere.

          • Denver Mike

            I am evaluating him based on his 4.16 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 583 minor league innings, and his 5.45 ERA and 1.63 WHIP during his very small sample in MLB last year. I was starting to think he had figured something out based on the 2.08 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over his first 5 starts this year, but his performance today leads me to believe that he may be what the larger sample size projects him as…a #4-5 starter on a mediocre team. Someone like Tony may be able to enlighten us regarding something in his advanced metrics that makes him more appealing than I seem to think he is, but I don’t really see it.

      • daverj

        Rip –

        Aren’t you the same guy who last winter said Dom Brown was another Fukudome? As a recall Aaron and I plus a few others thought Brown was worth a shot.

        You said Brown can’t hit and had no major league power.

        Dom Brown has 23 HR and 65 RBI’s going into the All-Star break. Is that the sign of someone who can hit and has power?

        Give your spot-on talent evaluation of Dom Brown, how should we evaluate your analysis of Olt?

        • Ripsnorter1

          Last year I did say that Dominic Brown was a poor performer and an underachiever. I sure did say that.

          This year he is hitting much better this year. So let’s check the stats on Dom Brown…..

          .274 BA…..319 OBP….536 slug in 2013.

          That’s excellent slugging.

          What did he hit in the three previous years? .210, .245 and .231. His slugging was.355, .396 and .391. Pretty bad. He had 2 HR, 5 HR and 5 HR. Not enough power. He’s a below average fielder, too.

          So he’s put it together this year and surprised almost everyone. If you weren’t surprised, you are an exception. Maybe it is to stay, maybe not. Time will tell.

          My evaluation of Olt? Look, if you want him, that’s ok with me. But 82 K in 215 AB tells me he’s not making a lot of contact. That .209 BA tells me that he’s not ML ready. He’ll be 25 on August 27, 2013, which tells me he’s no baby anymore.

          So here’s what I suggest: we will watch him to see if we can trust your evaluation of him. We will see if you are right. Right now, I stick by my evaluation of saying he’s not going to make it.

          • daverj

            I never made a statement about my views on Olt.

            My point was more that making absolute statements about very young prospects makes no sense. The comments say more about the poster than the prospect.

            Even the stats you quote on Brown above are based on small samples sizes. Some of stats are from periods of time where he was struggling with injuries. Brown is a 5 tool guy who never had a chance to prove what he could do at the major league level when healthy. These are the types of guys teams like the Cubs should be taking chances on.

            As for Olt, I don’t like him as much as Brown and I think that Olt is less likely to succeed at the major league level than Brown. That said, if the Cubs could acquire Olt for Soriano, I think that is a chance worth taking. Olt’s struggles this season may be vision related … a fixable issue.

            I guess I have a problem in general (not just Rip) with the absolute statements that baseball fans make about players based on small sample sizes and recency bias. I recall debating with a poster a couple years ago who described Starlin Castro as a “lock” to hit .300 every year. Castro’s hit percentage during his .300 seasons was not sustainable … sure, Castro could have developed into a better hitter (and still might) and become a perennial .300 hitter but he wasn’t then and isn’t today (nor is he as bad as his current batting average).

            I don’t have all the answers on Brown, Olt, Castro and others, but I’d like to think I’m smart enough to know that I don’t have the answers and won’t make absolute proclamations like “Mr. Olt is not going to be an everyday MLB player.”

    • Denver Mike

      No thanks, Olt should be a throw in for any deal at this point. I think an Olt for BJax/Vitters trade would be fair, because that’s about all he is as a prospect now. I have been saying for quite some time now that I would be pretty upset if all we got back for Garza was Perez and Olt I would be a little disappointed, but to throw in Soriano on top of that would be highway robbery for Texas.

      • JasonPen

        Well, you are going to be disappointed then. We aren’t going to get any top 20 prospects back for a 2month rental of an injury prone #2-3 SP.

        • Denver Mike

          I agree, as this is the trade I feel is most likely to happen unless some other team swoops in a the last minute. Originally I was totally against this deal, but have softened my stance a bit as I think Perez is legit MLB talent, and Bosio has already proven to get the most out of a starting staff. In the end if it were a Garza for Perez trade straight up I won’t complain (but doubt that will happen). Maybe add a prospect swap into that deal to get it done.

          The best case scenario would be Garza agrees to a sign and trade. That could net us a much better haul IMO.

        • calicub

          Look at the Nolasco trad and Dempster trade last year. both for rentals who ntted a solid return. I on’t think the return will be as doom and gloom as you are predicting.

        • gary3411

          We got 2 for Dempster last year.

          • JasonPen

            Top 20 as in MLB top 20.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I am not ready to throw Brett Jackson down the toilet. Not just yet.

        He looks awful, I know. But I still like what I see in the field. Just keep him away from Cubs’ “hitting” instructors.

        • Suzy S

          Rip…down the toilet…no…but also no Great Expectations anymore.
          He’s good defensively…and has almost all the tools…just not at the plate for average. Unfortunately, that’s going to get him a Jerolm Walton/Corey Patterson type of checkered career….I really hopes he puts something together…I like his attitude.
          Vitters on the other hand appears destined to be a AAAA

  • Suzy S

    It’s going to be an interesting All-Star week….I do expect Garza to be traded this week…it’s fairly obvious with the way the Cubs have scheduled Garza’s next start.
    *** Now the question is…how do you maximize Garza’s return???
    Last week, there was a buzz about extension talks with Garza…what if the talks were geared around an extension with the new team Garza would be joining???
    I’m sure he’d rather be with someone that has a chance to contend…not only for this year…but also for the next several seasons.
    If a team is willing to come close to Garza’s contract desires…and it’s a desirable team…Why wouldn’t Garza pass on FA to settle his geographic location for the foreseeable future???

    • Ripsnorter1

      Personally, I see the #1 motivator for Mr. Garza has good old fashioned GREED. I think he would pitch for the Tuscon Losers if the contract was the largest he could secure.

      But we shall see….the suspense is awe-inspiring, isn’t it?

      • J Daniel

        Money generally is the answer. The players generally give you the company line but the agent’s job is to get the best deal. Not sure how often the player tells the agent to take less money because they want to be someplace else. We know Andre Dawson did but most are following the coin.

        • calicub

          Woody did so his last full year before he retired.

      • TheWrongGuy

        I don’t see it as greed. Garza has been the subject of trades since his years with Minnesota 2007. He needs to get things more settled for himself and his family. It s more about security and less about money. But yes if you get offered $20m to play for D-back and get offered $15m to play for CUBS where you think he will sign?

        • calicub

          When you have a talent that is so elite that only .0000001% of the worlds population is able to play in the same league as you, you have the right to be compensated.

      • SomeGuy27

        And the last time you turned down a raise was…? #RTPISMOTHERTERRESA

        • Ripsnorter1

          No doubt the Cubs are offering a raise, as well as other teams.

          The question is: how much money does he need? He’s making $10.25 million now. Can’t he make ends meet on that? Does he really need $20 million per for 5 years? I’m sure the Cubs would pay him $75 million over 5 years. Why isn’t that enough?

          What’s worse, imo, his concentration level has really, really increased now that he’s been injured, and he has only a short time to prove himself in order to get the $20 million per. He’s currently on the best streak of his career, including the run he had back in 2011 during August/September.

      • GaryLeeT

        I am curious as to what REALLY was the sticking point. Years? No trade? Money? Ricketts said he can’t afford it right now? He’s been hurt to much lately to take a long term gamble?
        You would think Garza would have been offered something similar to the contract A. Sanchez was offered earlier this year.

    • J Daniel

      I imagine they will be getting back worth more than the supplemental which I know you have been mentioning. You have been right on the money with it … either get more than that back or hang on.

      But as I posted last night, I hope and expect it to be a darn good return. When there is a will there is a way to sign your own guys. It is has been mentioned that the NTC might be the issue but that is something that can be bought as well if both sides really want to make a deal.

      What should we expect in return? I would expect a top pitching prospect that is at the door but the club that is getting Garza wants the veteran experience. Would love to get another bat as well but definitely want the pitcher.

      • Suzy S

        J Daniel, a good pitching prospect is the absolute minimum we need to get.
        I would expect it to be someone that could be penciled in to next year’s rotation.
        I would not be surprised to see it become a multi-player deal with Garza as the headliner.
        Rip…yes , the suspense is awesome.

        • J Daniel

          Well, that would be great if the Cubs can add another player and get multiple prospects. Maybe Nate could be part as he still has club control.

  • Suzy S

    I guess the major surprise for me these last couple of seasons is the play of Soriano…and how he finally became a serviceable fielder…in addition to maintaining the capability of occasionally carrying the team.
    There was a time when all he did was exasperate me.
    Now that I appreciate him…I’m sure he’ll be traded.

  • Tom U

    AZL Cubs/Boise Hawks notes:

    Things couldn’t be working out better for the Cubs’ rehabbing pitchers as the trading deadline approaches. Dae-Eun Rhee showed pinpoint control in a win by Boise last night, and looks ready to rejoin Tennessee, where he’ll meet up with Marcos Mateo, who also successfully completed a rehab stint.

    Chang-Yong Lim was promoted to Daytona after showing his arm was sound in Arizona. Expect a few appearances there to get his feet wet and a quick promotion to Iowa.

    Lim will probably be replaced at Daytona by Starling Peralta, who had a good outing on Friday for the AZL Cubs.

    Jordan Hankins picked the right time to get hot and David Bote the wrong time to get cold with the signing of Kris Bryant. After a few days in Arizona, Bryant will join Boise and Hankins will likely move over to 2B, with Bote becoming a reserve.

    Trevor Gretzky has fared well with increased playing time. Boise will likely keep Kevin Brown when Yasiel Balaguert is eligible to return. Expect for someone else to suddenly get “hurt”.

    • calicub

      Its nice to see Lim recoving at this rate. It was my understanding when he was signed that he would not make it to the majors until next year, so the fact that the Cubs could get almost 2 months of playing time out of him is gravy

  • Tom U

    Kane Co./Daytona notes:

    While the Cougars have had inconsistent offense and poor pitching, a big culprit for their lack of success could be infield defense. Jeimer Candelario has 19 errors, Marco Hernandez 20, Gioskar Amaya 14 while Dan Vogelbach and Rock Shoulders have combined for 10 errors at first base.

    With Shoulders the oldest at 21, it would not be a surprise to see any or all of them demoted to Boise and replaced with older players such as Jacob Rogers, Zak Blair, Giuseppe Papaccio, Jordan Hankins and eventually Kris Bryant.

    Kane Co.’s beleaguered pitching staff should receive a boost soon from Juan Carlos Paniagua, who could be ready for a higher level in about a week.

    Despite losing offense in Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, John Andreoli, Tim Saunders, and Stephen Bruno Daytona has kept up because of great performances by Wes Darvill, Elliot Soto, Pin-Chieh Chan, and Yaniel Cabezas.

    Don’t discount the effect Cabezas has had on Matt Loosen and the rest of Daytona’s pitching staff. Cabezas is considered to be the best game-caller in the organization.

  • cubtex

    I am surprised to hear that the Blue Jays are the “other” team. They traded their top prospects for RA Dickey last offseason. I guess this is their window and opportunity so they need to go for it now.

    • Denver Mike

      After quick scan through their top prospects, almost all of their top 10 have been struggling throughout this season. Christian Lopes (2B) and A.J. Jiminez (C) are intriguing but still in the low ranks of the minors. Considering Aaron Sanchez (RHP) was deemed
      “untouchable” during trade discussions last year and in the offseason I find it hard to believe they can find a way to get a deal done without him as the centerpiece. Not to mention he is also still at single-A, and doesn’t really qualify as a guy we could pencil in next year.

      • cubtex

        I like Sean Nolin. Big LH starter who misses bats. They also have some decent arms in the low minors… a Nolin with a couple of other higher ceiling arms in the 15 to 20 range would be a nice return.

        • Denver Mike

          I like what I see on paper with Nolin as well, and being a lefty is just another plus. College-bred starting pitcher averaging over a K per inning, 5:1 K:BB ratio at the AA level, and he’s only 23. Does he throw heat or is he a change of speed guy? Pair him up with Jiminez and I think I’m getting a little more excited! I also like the idea of Neftali + from Texas as well like you were saying before, big risk much like Vizcaino but if the two of them bounce back like many post-TJ guys do nowadays we could be cooking with fire(ballers)!

  • paulcatanese

    I have always been the “old school advocate”, and never liked the advent of “free agency”.
    After watching and reading about the way Epstein runs things, I have come to realize that he is not so far away from that way of running things.
    He is a believer of “no trade clauses”, control over players in their contracts, and a large farm system.
    That is very close to old school.
    The biggest difference is the way he go’s about scouting and appraising players, he use’s facts and figures, and what appears on his fact sheets. Players have no names, face’s, only the numbers that he crunches to arrive at decisions to add or delete them.
    When I look at this system, I have to say that it’s not bad, especially when it compares to what I had liked about the game.
    I don’t approve of players being brought in from all over the world, I have long believed it’s America’s pastime, that being said, I cannot deny the results of doing things in this manner. To compete, teams must do this as it appears their are not enough ballplayers in the United States to field championship teams. This is my opinion, then again their are too many options for American players to eke out a living besides baseball. Other countries do not have that option, and Baseball becomes a way for those players to make their mark in their lives, and owners realize this and take full advantage of the talent available.
    The game has changed, but looking back, it hasn’t changed all that much, just the names, and home address’s , and they are good people, and deserve the chance to make it in this world.
    The main point of all of this is Epstein and the Cubs,
    They are still old school in many aspects, and I like that.

  • Neil

    Alacantara just hit a big time HR in the Futures Game … 2nd deck at Citi Field

    • J Daniel

      Neil, when do you anticipate is arrival? What I keep reading and hearing is that it looks like he is a long term piece of the puzzle.

      On another note, what could Barney bring back? Or does he have to be included in a larger deal?

      • Neil

        I would think he is a couple of years away. Maybe a Sept 2014 call-up. I really like what I’ve seen from him and he’s shown a lot of improvement this year.

        Barney is more valuable to the Cubs right now I think than anything they could receive for him. He is still cost effective and really helps Castro and Rizzo as we all saw at the beginning of the season.

        I would think Barney would have to be a part of a larger deal, like the one rumored with the Tigers last year.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Barney would be a big help to the Cards right now. Their SS is not getting the job done. Barney could slide right into SS and help them out.

          • Suzy S

            Do you really want to help the Cards out?
            We won’t “win” a trade with the Cards…and yes, they have great pitching prospects…But I don’t think they’ll want to help us out either.

          • TheWrongGuy

            No way the CUBS can trade Barney right now and probably for awhile (2-3 years). He is way to valuable as a leader on the infield. Castro and Rizzo both seemed very lost without him at the beginning of the season. The pitching staff LOVES him because its almost an automatic out for a ground ball to second. That alone makes him more valuable than A. Alcantara. I mean nothing bad on A. Alcantara either he’s had an awesome season.

      • daverj

        Barney likely could bring back a teams Top 20-30 prospect … probably a single A type who’s upside is a middle reliever. Best bet (if the Cubs don’t keep him) would be to package him with Garza to upgrade the return for Garza.

  • Neil

    Arismendy Alcantara went 1-for-3 with a HR, K,
    GIDP in 3 plate appearances at SiriusXM All Star Futures Game

    • paulcatanese

      That was a nice home run he hit, upper deck, I don’t know that much about him, but was impressed with his comment about interviews being in English only, seems like he is really trying to fit in. By the way, how tall is he? And he looks pretty quick as well. Didn’t catch him fielding, but have read on the site that he’s pretty good with the glove as well.

      • Denver Mike

        Baseball Reference has him at 5’10” and that’s probably with cleats on :) The development of his power stroke this year is very refreshing considering he has 20+ SB speed. It certainly looks like his future is at 2B considering how his errors skyrocket once he gets put on the other side of the diamond, but if he stays there it looks like he has the potential to be a very well rounded player.