Lets start with the Peavy thing-
- Kevin Towers said the proposed deal with the Cubs for Peavy is dead. The Cubs pulled out of the deal. The Angels are still interested but Kevin Towers does not want to discuss any deals for Peavy at this time. Thank God!!!!
- The Cubs "remain optimistic that they can acquire Peavy, all but ignored Towers' self-imposed deadline." Link
- This is something from MLBTR-
Talked to a person familiar with the Cubs' thinking...he really could not see the Cubs revisiting a Peavy trade. The Padres need to get Peavy's $63MM off the books soon, yet were trying to swing 6-for-1 or 7-for-1 deals for him despite the extremely limited market. Marshall was never in the mix, by the way.
- Buster Onley said today on Baseball Tonight that he feels the trade is not dead and could come full circle if the Cubs are to trade Marquis and get there left-handed bat.
This whole Peavy situation really angered me. All this back and fourth reminded me of the Brian Roberts situation( even the demands). If you think about this, Hendry did the right thing. If you look at the deal the Twins got for Santana and the rumored 7 for 1 trade for Peavy along with the contract, it is ridiculous. I understand Towers was trying to get as much bang for his buck but the Padres owner said he wanted Peavy's deal off the books and he did not get it done. I still think it is possible a deal could get done but first and foremost the Cubs need a middle of the order left-handed hitter.
I think Hendry did the right thing here. Good Job!
- Jon Heyman says the Cubs and Mets are now talking about a Jason Marquis trade. The Cubs will have to eat some of his salary unless they do what Heyman suggested and take Scott Schoeneweis.
I would take Scott Schoeneweis for Marquis straight up. He would be the other lefty in the pen plus he posted 3.34 ERA last season. He is owed 3.6 million next season.
Other guys that would help and be a good trade for the Cubs is Ryan Church( who is arbitration eligible) or Brian Schneider(who is owed 4.9 million next season) who could provide a veteran behind the plate and a part time catcher who bat lefty.
- Raul Ibanez says his preferred destination is Philly. It is also stated that that the Phillies are stepping up their efforts. This makes the Cubs choices down to Bradley, Abreu, or Dunn, they have not had any other talks recently with other clubs or players. It should be noted that the Rays, White Sox, and Mets like Abreu and the Rays are also in on Bradley. With hardly any interest at the moment for Adam Dunn. Bruce Levine also said Bradley wants to play for the Cubs by the way.
- The Cubs are still interested in Randy Johnson. I would prefer him over Marquis.
- The Reds selected one player in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft and immediately traded him in a pre-arranged deal. Right-handed reliever David Patton was selected from the Rockies' Triple-A roster and was subsequently sent to the Cubs in exchange for cash. Patton was 4-5 with a 3.54 ERA in 50 relief appearances.
- I think the Cubs should still entertain offers for Mark DeRosa, especially since the Cubs would get Figgins as a replacement if he is traded. I love Figgins!