Cubs Reportedly Showing Interest in RHP Mitchell Boggs and RHP Roberto Hernandez

The Cubs’ front office is exploring ways to add pitching to the big league team and have shown interest in right handed reliever Mitchell Boggs and right handed starter Roberto Hernandez. Hernandez is better known as Fausto Carmona from his days in Cleveland.

Reports on Wednesday morning indicated the Cubs had spoken to Miami about Logan Morrison but the Marlins sent Morrison to the Mariners for RHP Carter Capps. And the Cubs also lost a trading partner on Wednesday. The Nationals were reportedly interested in James Russell and the Cubs were eyeing Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen. The Nationals acquired the lefty reliever they were looking for from Oakland. Mike Rizzo landed former Cubs’ farmhand Jerry Blevins and sent speedster Billy Burns to Oakland.

Mitchell Boggs has been on the Cubs’ radar for quite awhile along with John Axford and Joba Chamberlain. Boggs is coming off a horrible season that saw him begin the year with the Cardinals before he was sent to the minors then to the Rockies. After posting a 4-1 record in 78 games with a 2.21 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in 2012, Boggs was 0-3 last year in 27 combined games with the Cardinals and Rockies. Boggs turns 30 in February.

The pitcher formally known as Fausto Carmona spent the 2013 season with the Tampa Bay Rays. The now 33-year old right hander Roberto Hernandez posted a 6-13 record in 32 games, 24 starts, with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

The Cubs are trying to add at least one starting pitcher to the mix. The front office has met with Scott Baker’s agent and have been connected to Jason Hammel.

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  • 07GreyDigger

    See? They’re doing stuff.

    • paulcatanese

      Yes they are. Bah, Humbug:)

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    The Cubs might be content with their projected Opening Day roster as it stands today.

    • cubtex

      Hahaha. Yes. The plan to tank continues

      • Denver Mike

        I must be getting numb to it, after watching about 5 minutes of last night’s Bulls game I am just begging for them to tank for a lottery pick next year.

        • Tony_Hall

          Now your getting it.

          Of course, the NBA has a league full of teams that realize they can’t win and are trying to tank it.

        • cubtex

          Bulls are unwatchable without Rose,Deng and Butler.

          • Denver Mike

            I’m all in for the “Sorry for Jabari” or “Riggin for Wiggins” approach at this point. Trade Deng and Boozer so you can make a real run, it would be certain to make the Cubs brass proud.

  • paulcatanese

    Could it be that teams just do not want to deal with Theo and Hoyer?

    • Tony_Hall

      Ah no. I think we all knew this would not be an active FA season, and even with the amount of trades so far, trades take time, unless one party is willing to overpay.

      • paulcatanese

        You are correct, but it doesn’t make it any more palatable. IMO, the Cubs are pushed into a corner for a few more years unless the prospects come into play, and I don’t think Theo and group are into that. Too much work to get where they are with prospects.

        • paulcatanese

          Misprinted, meant that Theo would frown on trading prospects, and don’t blame him.

        • Tony_Hall

          I think they will trade prospects at some point, but they want to see which ones make it from the top prospects first.

          I agree it is hard to watch every day, especially if your watching each game and your mood for the rest of the day is based on the outcome. I am looking forward to the prospects that make it Wrigley this year, Baez or Bryant as the headliners but Alcantara as well. We should start to see some arms making it up this year too. All in all, I expect the 2nd half to be much more fun to watch than the 1st half.

    • cubtex

      I think there is a little something to that. He had issues with the Dodgers over the Dempster deal,with the Braves, issues with Marmol and the Angels. Overvalues a lot of his fringe players like Russell and Schierholtz asking for too much in return. I get the feeling many gm’s would rather deal with other teams.

      • 07GreyDigger

        But if they offer you essentially nothing, why bother trading a guy?

        • paulcatanese

          Ah, but nothing brings nothing everytime:)

      • paulcatanese

        Exactly!

  • Dorasaga

    RHP R.H., wasn’t he once Fausto Carmona? Identity theft has always been fraudulent, whoever agent and busconi coaxed you to conduct such crime.

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  • vic

    Maybe the cubs should deal with the braves
    again that way the braves can get rid of some washed.up guys since the braves love onscreen the cubs almost every time and they never learn!