Emilio Bonifacio Drawing Interest on Deadline Day

The front office were close enough on a deal for Emilio Bonifacio prior to Wednesday’s game that Rick Renteria kept Bonifacio out of the lineup and did not play him at all against the Rockies. Renteria said it was prudent to the team that Bonifacio did not play.

According to reports, Bonifacio’s agent has been told to expect a trade. And teams such as the Giants, Athletics, Royals, Mariners and Blue Jays are believed to have the most interest in Bonifacio.

 

With the injury to Coco Crisp, there are rumblings that Emilio Bonifacio could fit the A’s needs to fill holes at second base and centerfield.

The Cubs could make other deals, outside of Emilio Bonifacio, leading up to Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline at 3:00pm CDT.

PrintTwo of the starting pitchers the Cubs were expected to make a run at in the off-season have been traded in the last 24 hours. And by Justin Masterson and Jon Lester being dealt, neither pitcher is now tied to draft pick compensation.

Justin Masterson was traded Wednesday from Cleveland to St. Louis for minor league outfielder James Ramsey.

And Jon Lester, along with Jonny Gomes, was dealt to Oakland for Yoenis Cespedes and the A’s competitive balance pick in next June’s draft.

 

Trade Deadline Updates

10:01am CDT – Athletics have traded LHP Tommy Milone to the Twins for OF Sam Fuld

10:14am CDTEmilio Bonifacio is not in the Cubs starting lineup. Bonifacio is listed as a reserve on the Cubs lineup card.

10:22pm CDT – According to Bruce Levine, Giants and Mariners are still in on Bonifacio.

10:26pm CDTJoel Sherman is reporting the Pirates, Reds, Orioles, Royals and Mariners are in the mix for Bonifacio. Wesley Wright and James Russell could also be moved prior to the deadline.

10:38pm CDTAccording to Jon Paul MorosiDavid Price trade talks intensifying following the Jon Lester deal. Chances of Price trade have increased in last 12 hours.

11:55am CDT – Jayson Stark is reporting there is “a lot of action” on Bonifacio. Orioles, Giants and Mariners are making a push for him.

12:44pm CDT – A report from Dan O’Brien indicates James Russell was very high on the Braves’ board after Andrew Miller. Miller could be on his way from Boston to Detroit.

2:56pm CDTAccording to a report from Peter Gammons, the Cubs and Braves are discussing a trade that could include Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Big trade this morning … details are above. Lester on his way to Oakland for Cespedes.

    I will be updating this post throughout the day leading up to the deadline with reliable reports.

    • John_CC

      I love it. Bean is on mission! No holds barred. It is fun to see someone with guts AND brains.

      • Jeffrey Rogers

        Would you have rather recieved Cespedis or the package the cubs got for Jeff S and Hammel?

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

          I’d rather have gotten the package we got all day long…

          • calicub

            Agreed! Cespedes has a clause in his contract forcing his team to DFA him after the 2015 season to start FA and avoid the QO. [edit: assuming he isn't extended of course.]

            Sounds like he had some pretty smart representation!

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            I lean that way too but Cespedis is a MLB player. I would not mind having his arm in RF.

        • daverj

          Cubs package by a wide margin.

          • triple

            Thanks for the reply and that Fangraphs link yesterday!
            Very helpful… this is now the deepest I’ve gotten into all those extracurricular stats.

        • triple

          I responded to your question about which package from A’s, but accidently responded it to JohnCC in the same part of the thread.

        • Eugene Debs

          Samardzija is no Lester, that’s for sure.

      • triple

        I definitely prefer the package we received, but Cespedes will really flourish in Fenway with the green monster. More HRs and his BA will probably rise too. I see that as a great trade for both teams (Oak and Boston). The funny thing is I can’t help but think that Beane felt he had to find another pitcher since Hammel is falling apart. And yes, the A’s are all in and going for it! I really like that.

        Edit: Sorry, I clicked reply to you instead of Jeffrey Rogers…. no harm either way.

    • DWalker

      wow

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

      Good for Beane! He wants that ring and I hope he gets it.

      This could be good for us. Makes cutting the cord a little easier from Boston. And we could sign him without draft pick compensation! Or it could backfire and he realizes he’s not happy anywhere else. We’ll see…

      I do think it was a great get for Boston. They’re challenged offensively and this is better than watching him sign elsewhere in offseason.

      • triple

        I see this as a win/win for both Boston and Oakland…. Cespedes is a pull hitter and flies out deep in Oakland alot. Those will all become HRs and doubles off the green monster. He will rake there! It’s kind of funny, because throughout the years, I’ve always found myself rooting for the A’s when it comes to the AL, and whenever I’m forced to pick a different NL team to root for, it’s usually the Giants… and no surprise that I’m just a big fan of the Bay area in general.

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

          That is interesting. I have never really had a second favorite team. I used to live in San Diego so I went to Padres games and kind of liked them. But then I realized what happened in ’84 so nix that.

          I hated the A’s with the Bash Brothers because everyone hopped on that bandwagon. And I don’t usually find myself pulled toward teams that everyone likes or that are the big deal. I much prefer an underdog. But I do like these A’s because they have to work with so much less and I like Billy Beane and his loyalty to them.

          Tough to like anyone else in NL. But come all-star and World Series I do root for NL unless it’s the Cardinals.

          If I ha to pick an AL team I would probably say the A’s now. Maybe the Angels a bit. I also can pull for the Twins and Detroit a little bit. I don’t like the Yankees but respect what that are about. I used to like Red Sox until they won and ESPN and other news covered them like crazy. I understand their excitement and I’m sure it will be similar for the Cubs. But when the Sox won it, it made me appreciate the Yankees and the way they carry themselves more. Boston kind of made me think of when a coach says “act like you’ve been there before.”

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

            I can pull for the Rangers a bit. They are nearby and I know a lot of fans. I’m the type that finds it silly to root against local teams even if you’re a transplant. When the local team wins everyone I have to work with and deal with is happy. So why wouldn’t that be a good thing? We have some Thunder haters here and I can’t help but just think “buzz off jackass.”

          • triple

            I agree wholeheartedly with your comments on the RedSox and Yankees in your last paragraph. I’ll tell ya why I began to like the Giants. When I was a kid, we were vacationing in northern California in 1987 and my dad took me to a Cubs/GIants game at Candlestick. Jamie Moyer pitched a good game, but Cubs lost 2-0. The crowd there was electric! They were completely into the game. Fast forward to 2001, and my first time going to PacBell Park to see the Giants play the Dodgers. Pitching matchup was Kevin Brown against Shawn Estes (back when he was younger and still decent). It was a back and forth game, and both teams fans really represented. But the Giants fans were really awesome, and I got all caught up in rooting for the Giants as the game came down to the late innings.

            I’ve been to many of the ballparks (unfortunately I never made it to old Yankee Stadium). Shea Stadium was quite an experience watching the Mets play the Dodgers when Hideo Nomo was in his first year and a was quite the sensation. He started that game, and it was unbelievable how much racism was spewed that night. I believe that kind of thing would never happen in San Francisco at a Giants game. The fans in SF are very classy, knowledgeable, and passionate about their team. I mean full support, but at the same time, it was just a game, not taken so seriously and even against their big rival, I didn’t witness any bad examples of fandom, which I cannot say about the Dodgers fans who were there.

            Really, Giants games in SF are the only time I’ve left a ballpark feeling like I can really root for this team and feel good about it, other than the Cubs. But my heart is still 100% with the Cubs.

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

            Thanks or sharing that Triple. I saw Clayton Kershaw on Jummy Kimmel on two nights ago and you should have heard him go on and on about Giants fans. He loves them! Said they do their research and know details about his life to hassle him with. He praised an intelligent fan base that takes their heckling seriously! Said he could play all his games in SF.

            I like those late 90’s teams. Except when they beat the Cubs. I remember racing home from elementary school I watch the playoffs (crazy back then league championship series games starting at like 1pm CST! ). I think it was game one and the Cubs were down by 1 in the early innings. So I was excited. “Were in this!” And as soon as I showed up the Giants were batting and Clark hit like a 3 run home run or something and the game just fell apart from there. I think we lost like 10-4 or something.

            Kind of remind me of the 2008 series against LA. I had just got off work in time to see a close game for 5 minutes before Loney hit that grand slam! It’s funny because I’ve always thought of Loney as a great player. Which e really isn’t, but that game colored my thoughts of him.

          • triple

            Will the Thrill… He sure was a Cub killer!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The A’s have traded LHP Tommy Milone to the Twins for OF Sam Fuld

    • John_CC

      Dang it, now that seems like it could have been Bonifacio doesn’t it? Do you think Theo didn’t like Milone for Boni?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Fuld is a better outfielder, fits in Oakland. Nice return for the Twins.

        • Cubbiemacg

          Fold might be a better of’r but he’s no better than ruggiano

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I agree Fuld is a better defender

          • daverj

            Fuld is a better defensive centerfielder than Ruggiano. Ruggiano has a much better bat.

          • Cubbiemacg

            That’s what I meant

      • RynoTiger

        or that deal wasn’t ever discussed/offered/an option between the Cubs and A’s

        • Cubbiemacg

          Billy might feel a lil butthurt after they way Hamel is pitching. But Milone has good stuff , I’d been happy to see him in cubbie blue

          • John_CC

            I seriously doubt that. He got Shark, that’s what he wanted most. Guys like Beane don’t get “taken” if Hammel isn’t pitching up to expectation then I’m sure they just write it off and then go get a Lester.

          • paulcatanese

            Agree, IMO Hammel would have been a bonus, but the Shark was the deal for Beane. Don’t quite understand the meltdown of Hammel, but that’s Baseball.
            What I do wonder though it almost seems that Theo will follow in Bean’s footsteps next year with pulling out the stops. I think Soler will follow suit the same as Cespedes.

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

            Next season yes, but I’m hoping Soler will be more like Puig. Or perhaps better. It’s a big call I know but I just have this gut feeling that next summer buzz in the baseball world may be all pointed at Jorge Soler.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Sorry, couldn’t complete my last post. As was just pointed out, if the Cubs and A’s were discussing a trade for Bonifacio, Milone might not have been asked about and/or discussed.

        • John_CC

          He is definitely a better defensive OFer, so that makes sense. I guess offense is not where Oakland is lacking.

          Also, while Lester is the huge addition, Johnny Gomes is more than just a throw-in. He’s been in a few playoff races and WS and has been a big contributor. Not a lot of players that are as good as Gomes off the bench.

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

            Very true. He’s a very capable replacement for Cespedes along with adding Lester to the lineup. Overall I think they came out better than before.

            But it was good for Sox too. They may have lost him for a comp pick only.

      • No Baseball In Indiana

        Saber crowd loves Fuld. I don’t get it.

        • daverj

          He saves runs with his defense. There is value in that. Look at the plays Charlie Blackmon made against the Cubs during the 16 inning game. He saved three runs … that’s more valuable than a guy who hit a HR in the game but plays average defense, but people notice the HR hitter in the box scores (not the top defense).

          • No Baseball In Indiana

            This year, yes. Outside of that he’s not even a replacement level player.

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  • Josh Man

    The no draft pick compensation on Lester is huge. Granted, it would have been a second rounder we lost instead of a first due to our first most likely being protected, but still. This front office doesn’t like to give up draft picks. And you know Oakland won’t resign him, so it looks good for Theo and company to have a shot of adding Lester next season!

    • DWalker

      but it does make the bidding more aggressive sinc emore teams will be in on them. so i am not so sure its a really good thing.

    • John_CC

      Why in the world would the Cubs trade someone like Soler and a pick for a 2 month rental down the stretch of a losing season?

      Lester will now go to free agency like you said, and Theo will be able to negotiate a contract.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bonifacio is not in starting lineup

    Alcantara 2B, Coghlan LF, Rizzo 1B, Castro SS, Ruggiano RF, Valbuena 3B, Castillo C,Lake CF, Arrieta P

    • Denver Mike

      If anyone wants an idea of who the Cubs aren’t discussing in trade talks, look no further than today’s starting lineup.

      • Jeffrey Rogers

        Probably so, but I have seen players pulled mid game on trade day before. I think almost anyone on the 25 man roster is for sale if the price is right.

        • Denver Mike

          I guess my point was more that guys like Coghlan, Ruggiano, Valbuena, Lake, etc. had been speculated as trade candidiates recently. But they are cost controlled beyond this year and wouldn’t bring back anything significant in return so it never made much sense to trade them. With them being in the lineup today just seems to reinforce that theory.

      • triple

        I agree with you, but Geovany Soto does not.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Joel Sherman: Cubs feel will deal Bonifacio Pirates, Reds, Orioles, Royals, Mariners all have inquired. Cubs also could move LHR Russell/Wright

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Jon Paul Morosi: David Price trade talks intensifying following the Jon Lester deal. Chances of Price trade have increased in last 12 hours.

    • Denver Mike

      Did anyone see Price’s interview after yesterday’s game? He thought yesterday was the 31st, which meant he wasn’t going to be traded. The reporters had to tell him he still had one more day left. Pretty awkward, and funny at the same time.

      • triple

        That’s hilarious!

  • Ryan

    What if Theo traded Baez (and maybe Volgelbach / one more prospect) for Price and signed Lester in the offseason followed by bringing up Bryant / Soler to start next season with others right behind. It will never happen, I know, but I honestly think the Cubs could immediately be contenders and the fan base would be ecstatic.

    ROTATION:
    Lester
    Price
    Arrieta
    Hendricks
    Wood / Wada / Someone

    LINEUP:

    Alcantara – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Bryant – LF
    Soler – RF
    Castillo – C
    Valbuena – 3B (Until Russel is ready)
    Someone in CF

    Love reading your guys comments on all things Cubs. Would you like this? Would a Baez / Vogelbach headline be enough for Price?

    • John_CC

      Personally, I’d want a younger pitcher with more years of control for Baez.

    • SirGladiator

      Trading bigtime players like Baez for Price, when we’re going to get him for nothing anyway after next season, wouldn’t really make a lot of sense. Even if they’re planning on making a playoff run next year, that’s a lot to give up for just one year of the guy, too much I’d say. I’d only be willing to trade Baez in a package for somebody like Stanton, a young Superstar who we’ll have for many years, same as Baez.

      • Denver Mike

        I agree there is a chance we get Price as a FA if he doesn’t sign an extension with whoever he gets traded to (TB isn’t going to let him walk for nothing).

        It is also important to keep things in perspective. Baez is a big time prospect not “player”, it may seem like a small difference in wording, but you state “….somebody like Stanton, a young Superstar who we’ll have for many years, same as Baez.” To already assume Baez is going to be Stanton is setting yourself up for disappointment. While it is possible Baez will be as good or better than Stanton, it is far from a sure thing.

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

      I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility. We don’t want to give up Soler though that’s for sure!

      But yes, if we add those two to the rotation, and with the lineup you have suggested there I think we can be very competitive.

      • paulcatanese

        Just a gut feeling, but I feel Soler will be traded, two things, injury factor and two, temper factor. He ( Soler) is not quite in the same venue as Baez, where the temper seems to be overlooked because of ability, and he doesn’t have the same injury history

        • Denver Mike

          The injuries are concerning, but I am hopeful that working with trainers and nutritionists will help with that since I doubt he got any of that in Cuba. Soler is a far more polished hitter that Baez at this point, and seems less risky to me.

          As far as his temper, as long as he isn’t Milton Bradley I’m not too concerned.

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

            I just have a feeling Soler is going to be a big deal. Take the league by storm.

    • daverj

      I would do it IF we locked Price up to an extension in connection with the deal. I think it would take Baez, Vogelbach and third prospect in the 10-20 range on the Cubs list and a 4th prospect in the 20-30 range. The Cubs list is very deep so those would still be decent prospects.

    • Denver Mike

      I have thrown the idea of trading Baez + for Price as well, but recently have begun to think it is more likely they sign a FA starter like Lester this offseason and stand pat on trading Castro or any of the top prospects. They may be more willing to wait and see if Price hits FA after next year to avoid giving up the prospects, similar to Lester this year.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Multiple reports have the Red Sox sending John Lackey to the Cardinals. Obviously not Cubs related, will not add to the report.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Peter Gammons is reporting the Sox received Allen Craig and Joe Kelly for John Lackey

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

        That seems like a lot to give up no? Joe Kelly is young and pretty good upside. And Allen Craig has been down but has ability. Maybe a change of scenery would do him well, but getting out of St. Louis usually isn’t a big help to guys.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Craig is having a down year. The cost for Lackey was big due to the fact he is only owed $500,000 for next season. When he signed with the Red Sox, there was a clause put into his contract that if he lost significant time due to an elbow injury, his salary for 2015 would be $500,000. Lackey had Tommy John surgery so the option kicked in.

          • daverj

            Couldn’t Lackey just choose to sit out next season and not play unless the Cards gave him more money? … like an NFL holdout situation.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Ken Rosenthal is reporting Lackey will honor his contract for next season.

          • SirGladiator

            From what I’ve heard Lackey has already said he won’t honor his contract. He’s either going to get paid big money or he will just not pitch next year, so the Cards aren’t going to be getting a ‘free’ pitcher next season like it seemed at first. They just gave up an all star bat and a young pitcher for a 2 month rental.

          • Tony_H

            He told the Cardinals he would honor his contract.

      • Jeffrey Rogers

        Wow. That’s a good return for Lackey IMO.

        • Tony_H

          If Craig returns to form and Kelly stays a starter. I expect neither to happen.

        • daverj

          Kelly is not very good and could get lit up at Fenway. I think the return is a little on the light side for Boston.

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            I agree, but they (BoSox) didn’t get prospects though. They got MLB players who have shown some degree of success at the MLB level. And pitching was suppose to be the Cards strong point for the next 5 years. Looks like that did not pan out as expected.

          • daverj

            Or haven’t panned out yet. Miller, Wacha and Martinez are still very young. Rosenthal could be converted back to a starter too. The Cards need pitching help now, but they are still well positioned for the future.

        • BillyFinT

          Don’t forget the Cards received a minor league leftie as well. Kelly and Craig are expendable for the Redbirds. It’s a good fit for both ends, but I’ll call STL doing what they know best. That’s finding talents for the farm while winning on the Big League level.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Logan Watkins likely to get called up if Bonifacio is traded unless it’s Baez :)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jayson Stark is reporting there is “a lot of
    action” on Bonifacio. Orioles, Giants and Mariners are making a push for him.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jon Paul Morosi is reporting the Tigers are close to acquiring Andrew Miller. Tigers one of the teams in the mix for both Russell and Wright.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    A report from Dan O’Brien indicates James
    Russell was very high on the Braves’ board after Andrew Miller. Miller could be
    on his way from Boston to Detroit.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Now reports from Boston are indicating the Tigers are not getting Miller

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Yankees have acquired Marlon Byrd according to Jim Bowden

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      It appears Bowden reported info from a fake twitter account. Byrd has not been traded

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Something could be going on with David Price. Lots of noise … Twitter, XM, etc.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jayson Stark is reporting Rays are close to dealing Price

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Andrew Miller has been traded to the Orioles for Eduardo Rodriguez

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Excellent get for Boston for Miller

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reports from Tampa are pointing to a three-team deal involving David Price

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Yankees have acquired Stephen Drew from the Red Sox

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting the Tigers received David Price

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

    The Tigers getting Price has to be a reaction to all the A’s are doing…