UPDATE!- According to MLB.com's Dick Kaegel, a source of his says that Dayton Moore and Jim Hendry have not talked about a deal for Teahen or DeJesus. Moore would not comment on the rumor and Teahen and his agent are unaware of any trade talk. This could be posturing but with the Cubs payroll climbing close to 130MM, a trade for a left handed hitting RF is their best bet, rather than spending 10MM+ a year on a free agent.
- The Kansas City Star's Bob Dutton said the Cubs are once again targeting Mark Teahen to fill RF. The Cubs were holding onto their young trading chips for Peavy but it looks like talks are now on off with the signing of Dempster. He was talking about Mike Fontenot, Ronny Cedeno, and Felix Pie being apart of a trade but it seems just like speculation. I would trade Pie and Cedeno for Teahen but I would not part with Fontenot.
- Here is some detail on Dempster's contract-
4 million dollar signing bonus
8 million for 09
12.5 million for 10
13.5 million for 11
14 million option for 2012
Leaving a lot of room in the payroll for this season.
- Jim Hendry wants to add another starting pitcher to strengthen the rotation. The Cubs really like Randy Johnson and could sign him to a deal and trade Jason Marquis. I purpose they trade Jason Marquis and Ronny Cedeno to Detriot for Nate Robertson or Dontrelle Willis, they could use them in the pen or a spot starter, or even as a starter if they do not add a guy like Randy Johnson. Detriot is looking for a young shortstop and want to get rid of some payroll or swap a bad contract for another one. This makes good sense for the Cubs and Detriot in my opinion. Cubs get to pawn Marquis(9.875 million next season) and Cedeno( out of options, and bad clubhouse guy) on Detriot and the Tigers get to purge a guy like Willis( who makes 10 million next season) or Robertson( who makes 7 million next season).
- Bruce Levine reported on ESPN 1000 that the Cubs are actively reported Milton Bradley to fill the role in RF for the Cubs. Although it seems the Cubs rather have a younger, cheaper, LH bat for RF, Bradley still interest the Cubs.