Cubs Working on Deals for Marmol and Clevenger? And Other News and Rumors

If Monday was any indication, it is going to be a busy month for the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs are discussing a deal for Carlos Marmol with at least five teams. The Dodgers are thought to be the most aggressive for Marmol, as Bruce Levine reported. But the deal is not done. Theo Epstein indicated a deal might be close on Monday night but whatever they receive for Carlos Marmol would be more about moving money and possibly receiving a change of “scenery guy” in return. Epstein said it would not be a major deal by any stretch.

The Cubs also appear to be working on a trade involving Steve Clevenger. According to reports from Iowa, Clevenger was told to pack his bags and go to his hotel and wait on a call. Clevenger did not give any other details and said he was not told anything more than to wait on word from the team. The report from the Des Moines Register alluded to the fact there could be a discrepancy between Clevenger and the Cubs on how his injury has been handled.

There was a report from Kiley McDaniel of Fox Sports that the Cubs and Marlins were discussing a deal for Clevenger that could involve International pool money.

Steve Clevenger said he has not been recalled to the big league club to take Ryan Sweeney’s spot on the roster. Dave Sappelt did not play on Monday and is likely to be recalled on Tuesday when the Cubs place Ryan Sweeney on the DL, despite his cryptic tweet.

Carlos Marmol

The Cubs are discussing a deal for Carlos Marmol with five teams according to David Kaplan with the Dodgers being the most aggressive in the pursuit of Marmol. The Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez joined Kaplan during his new show on Monday night to discuss the possible trade. Hernandez was hearing at the time that the deal could include a recently DFA’d player going to the Cubs for Marmol. Hernandez thinks RHP Matt Guerrier, INF Luis Cruz or RHP Peter Moylan could be in the talks for Marmol with Guerrier being the most likely one of the three traded to the Cubs. If the deal happens, Hernandez thinks it will be finalized in the next 24 hours.

Hernandez has heard that if the Dodgers land Marmol that he would not be added to the big league roster immediately. The Dodgers would like Marmol to workout at their facility in Glendale before being added to the roster.

Matt Guerrier is on the final season of the three-year, $12 million contract he signed in December of 2010. The Dodgers designed the 34-year old for assignment on Sunday after posting a 2-3 record in 34 games with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. In 30 innings, Guerrier allowed 16 earned runs on 32 hits with 21 strikeouts and 12 walks in 34 appearances. Guerrier is owed the remainder of a $4.75 million contract.

Peter Moylan was optioned to Triple-A on Saturday after allowing eight runs on 16 hits with six walks and five strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings, ten games (6.35 ERA, 1.94 WHIP). Luis Cruz was DFA’d on Friday after just a miserable season. Cruz hit .127/.175/.169 in 45 games with the Dodgers this year.

The Sun-Times reported the Cubs would likely save around $245,000 by dealing Marmol to the Dodgers.

Matt Garza

Matt Garza remains with the Cubs and is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday night in Oakland. The Cubs could make a deal before then for Garza, but that is unlikely at this point. The common thought is that Garza will at least be traded before the break.

The Padres, Giants, Rockies, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Indians, Blue Jays and Rangers are among the teams known to be interested in trading for Garza.

The Dodgers are one of the many teams rumored to be interested in trading for Garza. Dylan Hernandez thinks Garza is on the Dodgers radar and while a trade could happen down the road, he does not think it is likely Garza will end up with the Dodgers. Hernandez explained the Dodgers are focused on building their farm system and the only two players he thinks the Cubs would be interested in are likely not available. Hernandez thinks the Cubs would likely ask for either RHP Zach Lee or outfielder Joc Pederson and he doesn’t think the Dodgers would part with either prospect for Garza.

Jim Bowden posted a report on the players he thinks the Cubs could acquire for Garza. Bowden thinks RHP Cody Allen and RHP Dylan Baker might be enough from the Indians. The Rangers could send LHP Robbie Ross and IF Drew Robinson while LHP Robbie Erlin and RHP Keyvius Sampson might be a fit from San Diego. As for the Dodgers, Bowden thinks a package of RHP Stephen Fife and RHP Matt Magill might land Garza.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer mentioned the importance on Monday of turning short term assets into long term, controllable assets. The players Jim Bowden listed seem to be less than what many think the Cubs could acquire for Matt Garza.

As the Boston Herald reported, the Padres and Red Sox would be good fits for Garza. Both organizations are deeper than the other teams plus the Cubs front office helped build those systems.

And just in case for those that might be wondering which minor league pitcher would likely replace Garza in the rotation. Chris Rusin has been aligned with Garza and makes his next start on Wednesday.

International Signing Period

The 2013-14 International signing period has begun (12:00am ET on July 2, teams can announce signings beginning at 9:00am ET) and the Cubs are expected to be very active even to the point of trading for additional pool space.

The Cubs have the second largest bonus pool of $4.56 million and according to Baseball America, the Cubs are looking to add more than $2 million ($6.84 million) in order to have the room to sign the players they have been scouting and avoid possible penalties.

The Cubs are the favorites to sign OF Eloy Jimenez and SS Gleyber Torres and have targeted two pitchers according to Baseball America, RHP Erling Moreno and RHP Jefferson Mejia.

Click Here for More on Eloy Jimenez, Gleyber Torres and the new International signing rules.

News, Notes and More Rumors

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs aren’t necessarily inclined to move outfielders Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus. Schierholtz is under team control for one more season while the Cubs have a $6.5 million option on DeJesus for next year. The report from Rosenthal was the third such report within a 24 hour time period that indicated the Cubs are not looking to trade Nate Schierholtz.

Brandon Hyde, the Cubs Director of Player Development, likes what he has seen from Logan Watkins, Junior Lake and Jae-Hoon Ha and discussed the organization with the Des Moines Register.

Add the Red Sox to the Rockies and Braves as teams that appear to be interested in Kevin Gregg.

Yasiel Balaguert was named Northwest League Player of the Week on Monday. Balaguert went 8-for-23 with three home runs and nine RBI last week.

The Boise Hawks added fourth-round pick, RHP Tyler Skulina to their roster on Monday. The Hawks roster stands at 30 players … 16 pitchers.

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  • Vivid_Reality

    Out of all those deals, the only trade I would be ok with is to the Padres. Even that is only because Robbie Erlin is a pitcher I have had my eye on for a while. I don’t view any of those other deals as better than making Garza a qualifying offer at the end of the season.

    • gary3411

      Indians’ deal looks very good. Cody Allen might be better than Garza is right now anyway.

      • Sonate

        Allen appears to be a set-up man. Dylan Baker is the tribe’s #16 prospect in the BA Handbook. Not sure that’s enough for Garza. (I’d jump on it for Feldman.)

      • Ray Ray

        Cody Allen is a bullpen guy who has never thrown more than 55 IP in any minor league season. He is not even a closer. I think you must have him mistaken with someone else.

    • Ray Ray

      I really don’t know how Bowden can pinpoint these prospects. He is guessing and I hope he is way off. Erlin doesn’t really thrill me too much. He is a little guy who has had elbow problems already and missed 3 months. He is a sott tosser. 88-90. Very good curve…but he is a fly-ball pitcher and will be prone to the HR(see Travis Wood) I don’t think he fits the ballpard. He would be much better for the Padres. I like Keyvius Sampson. He has good stuff and decent K numbers. He needs to work on command.

  • Ripsnorter1

    If Marmol is so awful…..why do five teams want him, and at his salary?????

    Go ahead and hate me, but I’ve always thought that Bosio messed him up.

    We shall see, but I think Marmol will pitch effectively once he leaves this place.

    • Theboardrider

      He messed himself up. He’s not mentally stout. The majority of pitchers in Chicago have been better since Bosio came on board. He can obviously help players. Marmol will probably be better elsewhere because the situation in Chicago is in his head. I doubt coaching will be what makes the difference here or there, he has to get tough.

    • paulcatanese

      Marmol wants to go to the Yankees to resume the towel drill. I think Roth can straighten him out, but haven’t heard about any deal from the Yanks.
      And you are correct, he will improve with another team, a fresh start, as you say.
      Besides, it was tough for him to pitch in Chicago, earthquake country you know, mound kept moving around, tough to keep one’s balance let alone strikes:)

      • Theboardrider

        Paul, from a training perspective, I know the towel drill catches a lot of flack but I know you see why they do it. It’s a viable drill that can help a pitcher work on that downward torque that gets more pop and sink on a pitch.

        • paulcatanese

          No, not knocking it at all, just sayin that Marmol was pretty good under Roth. what works is what works, even 5 glasses of water if it helps. Strange things for some, genius for others.
          No knock at all.

          • Theboardrider

            I didn’t really think you were knocking it Paul, but I hear people do so all the time. It’s a drill…many drills are simulations.

            Anybody ever do the ol’ hitting drill where you have a person tossing you whiffle balls to hit, but instead of them positioning directly in front of your stance, they do it from behind you? So the ball only comes into your line of sight for a moment before you have to swing? Man I hated that but in my experience there is nothing better for developing bat speed.

    • 07GreyDigger

      5 teams want him because he has closer experience. That’s magic in baseball regardless if it means anything at all.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Please don’t recall Dave Sappelt. Isn’t there ANYBODY in the entire system that could be called up without messing up this fine roster, besides Mr. Dave Sappelt?
    I know he’s an All-Star in his own mind, but he can’t hit in the PCL, let alone MLB.

    • Theboardrider

      I agree, calling up Sappelt is very underwhelming to me. Bring up Jackson or Watkins.

  • 07GreyDigger

    With all these talks of deals, now the Cubs are getting exciting!

    • Theboardrider


  • Theboardrider

    Honestly looking at those options I’m not crazy about any of them. Indians-NO, Rangers-NO, San Diego-MAYBE, Dodgers-NO.

    I want at least one top 5 prospect from any organization. Not 11-20. Garza is a top of the line proven, playoff tested starter. If you want him we’re getting at least one of your best prospects.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Don’t forget he’s a free agent next year so a team isn’t going to give up a top 5 guy as a rental. 11-20 prospect may be best you can get.

    • Ray Ray

      I agree. I think Bowden is just guessing. I don’t think they will get a top 3 prospect from anyone but they should get a couple of top 5 thru 15.

      • Theboardrider

        Yeah, that’s about what I’m thinking. Two from 5-15.

        If Garza pitches on Wednesday and goes another 7 innings of shutout or 1 run ball I think the price tag will continue to go up. If that happens then maybe we do get one of those top 3…

  • Ray Ray

    So if the Marmol deal goes through for Matt Guerrier, I hope they just DFA Camp for Guerrier. I guess Guerrier would be a slight upgrade over Camp.

    • Theboardrider

      Man I don’t care who it is but get a young prospect. I don’t care if he’s a nobody but let him be young. Guerrier is old, old, old. He’s my age for crying out loud! Get someone that could, maybe have some potential.

      • Ray Ray

        that’s why the deal will happen. Both players were DFA’d. He has salary that is owed and I guess the Cubs would save a few bucks. Don’t expect back any prospect worth a lick of salt.

      • Ray Ray

        But he is younger than Camp :)

      • 07GreyDigger

        It’s a DFA’d deal. They’ll be lucky to get a bag of balls for him. If they do get a young prospect, it’ll be a guy than no scout thinks will amount to anything and can fill a hole in single A.

  • Neil

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