Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Marquis to Mets??Miguel Tejada to Astros, Roberts deal coming soon. Fukudome's offers? Prior to be non-tendered?

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On November 29th, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick mentioned that the Cubs are "listening on Jason Marquis." This would clearly be a salary dump, as Marquis will earn $16.25MM over 2008-09.
Since then we haven't heard of any teams interested in the 29 year-old righty. However, Mets manager
Willie Randolph brought up Marquis yesterday as a consideration for the team's rotation. The article's author, Adam Rubin, added that the Cubs are fans of Endy Chavez. It wouldn't be fair to equate the two players, however.



I'm kind of shocked that Hendry is shopping Marquis because of our lack of depth in the rotation. I do like Endy Chavez and the Mets would have to trade a prospect or two low level prospects to get the deal done. Here is Chavez's stats-
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6733


He plays great defense and is a decent hitter with average OBP. He is only 29 years old and could take the place of Murton if he is traded. He can play all three outfield positions and only strikes out about 12% of the time, talk about a pesky hitter.

How bout Heilman and Chavez for Cotts and Marquis?? or better yet how bout Church for Marquis straight up?
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The O's were waiting to trade Roberts until they decided what to do with Tejada and/or Bedard. Now that Miggy has been traded to the Stros, and Fukudome signed, could we expect Hendry to make a deal to have Roberts come to the northside?? I would bet yes. The Cubs have two spots that they could upgrade before Christmas, center field and the middle infield. Acquiring Roberts would upgrade 2b nicely. Lets see if anything develops in the coming week.
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Fukudome had 4 offers on the table and lucky for the Cubs he picked them! The Rangers offered the most money, the White Sox offered a similar deal to Fukudome but Fukudome wanted to be the Cubs first Japanese player. Glad the Cubs got him!
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Thanks to MLBTR-

According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Mark Prior "seems headed for the non-tender list" unless the Cubs pull off a trade or Prior concedes to an option year for 2009.
The 27 year-old hasn't started a big league game since August 10th, 2006. If he becomes a free agent, I imagine many teams would view him as a low-risk, high-reward option. The Padres
have cooled on him, though.

The Cubs have 3 options-
1. Sign Prior to a one year deal with an option
2. Trade Prior
3. Non-tender him

Since Prior wont take a deal with an option and no team seems interested in a trade it looks like the will be non-tendered. Its a shame he has to leave this way but he gave the Cubs no other option.





2 comments:

Kamel said...

Does Church bat righty? Now that we got Fuku, I actually feel like we should hang onto Murt. We could use a RH OF bat off the bench. I know Murt would probably bring the most interest, but I also think we need a good RH OF bat. I feel like Pagan is expendable now that we got Fuku and assuming we dont move Pie. Thats why I dont think we need Endy Chav.

I dont mind trading Marquis to the Mets... but could we really get Heilman in that deal?

cubsfan82 said...

Church is unfortunatly a lefty. I would still love to have him tho. I think we would have to trade someone else along with Marquis to get Heilman.