Saturday, December 13, 2008

Bradley is Cubs "Singular Priority"...and a new name????

According to the Chicago Sun-Times the Cubs have made Bradley their only priority. The Cubs did consider Raul Ibanez but he signed with the Phillies. Now the Cubs are just focused on Bradley according to Cubs officials. Another person close to Bradley says the Cubs are at the top of his list of teams to play for. No agreement or formal offer has been made although.

I think Bradley would not only bring a big switch hitting bat to this lineup, he would bring his hot headed attitude(which I love and the Cubs need). To me Bradley is the perfect fit as far as attitude, switch hitter, decent speed, can play all three outfield positions, and the best defensive out of the three big names remaining.


The Cubs are still in the mix for Randy Johnson, especially if they trade Jason Marquis. The Cubs like Johnson's hard nosed attitude, his veteran leadership, and the upside of his stuff. He would likely cost less than Marquis and would be only a one year deal worth about 6-8 million. If the Cubs trade Marquis they would like to sign Johnson. Johnson has also received interest from the Giants and Dodgers.


If the Cubs decide to trade one of there infielders( probably Cedeno) they could target 41 year old free agent Omar Vizquel. Vizguel could take a one year deal worth 1 million from a team. He would be nice veteran presence along with DeRosa to mentor guys like Fontenot and Theriot. God knows Omar could help Theriot take better routes to the ball. Omar would provide a good late inning defensive replacement, plus he is a switch hitter!

To me this would be a no brainer for the Cubs!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Peavy Details Come Out and Other Rumors.

I just thought you all would like to know some of the Peavy details that we have not heard yet-

- Towers kept putting Sean Marshall on the table and the Cubs never agreed to trade him according to the Chicago Sun-Times. He also says the main sticking point in the deal was the 2010 season with raises due to a lot of players.

- Check this out from the Daily Herald-

Hendry certainly didn’t seem happy that Padres GM Kevin Towers kept throwing names of other teams’ players out to the media. Hendry put up with it for a chance to get Peavy, but it galled him nonetheless. Maybe that’s a lesson learned for “Tampering Towers,” as he’s called by some in the baseball industry. Towers really has no one to blame but himself for painting himself into such a corner.

- Here is what Barry Axlerod said on XM radio last night-

***** Peavy was looking forward to pitching in Chicago.
***** They were sure a deal would get done.
***** As of right now the talks are off the table(could this mean they could start up again?)
***** Peavy is frustrated about the whole situation
***** According to Towers, Axelrod, and Kaplan the talks have been "tabled" and they are "not dead"
***** According to baseball sources the Cubs are still optimistic they can acquire Peavy.
***** Peavy was writing GO CUBS GO on autograph baseballs in Vegas.

That is it for Peavy, FOR NOW!


- The Phillies have officially signed Raul Ibanez for a 3 year 30 million dollar deal, leaving the Cubs likely to sign either Abreu, Bradley, or Dunn. Bradley is the most likely because he can play all three outfield positions, he has more speed, and a guy with good avg and OBP. I expect the Cubs to sign Bradley for a similar deal like 3 years 33 million dollars.

- Lou was really uspset about the idea of him losing Mark DeRosa. I can't blame him , he was the Cubs MVP last season.

- No non-tendered players this year. Gaudin avoided arbitration and got a one year deal. Gregg, Cedeno, Weurtz, Cotts, and Johnson were all tendered contracts.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Peavy talks off or are they?? Other Rumors.

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!

Working today.

I have to work today unfortunately so I will not be able to update the rumors like I have the past 2 days. Here is some links already for today-

Cubs talk to Angels about Figgins

Cubs like 3 outfielders

Peavy update

I will update after work today!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Peavy Update

Here is some more updates-

-East coast bias Jayson Stark said Peavy to the Cubs doesn't seem inevitable anymore, and the sides have not made progress in the last 24 hours. He also says the Cubs do not want to trade DeRosa.

- Corey Brock said Towers should know one way or another if Peavy will be traded by the end of the Meetings. He also says a 4th team will be required. He also says Marquis and DeRosa maybe hangups. He said the Padres may have to pay some of his contract even though they do not want to. He went on to say a Padres source said one rumored deal that would land the Padres shortstop Jason Donald or pitcher Carlos Carrasco from the Phillies was entirely false. He did say the Cubs package would include Josh Vitters, Pie, and Hart in a deal.

Day 3 of Winter Meetings. UPDATE!

BIG NEWS!!!!!- is reporting there is a mega trade proposed that will land the Cubs Jake Peavy. ESPN's Steve Phillips reported a 3 team, seven-player scenario that would land the Cubs 07 Cy Young award winner.

The Phillies would send either Happ or Carrassco plus SS Jason Donald to the Cubs for Mark DeRosa. The Cubs would them send they two young Phillies to the Padres along with Jason Marquis, Felix Pie, and Josh Vitters. Both the Cubs and Phillies would be giving up a lot, but the Cubs would not give up Marshall or anyone that would create a huge hole in the lineup or rotation. The Cubs would have to pick part of Marquis' contract( 4 million or so) to make it work.

DeRosa was labeled untouchable by one source but another said he is not and has been talked about in several trades since he is owed 5.5 million next season and is in the final year of his contract. DeRosa would be back home if traded to Philly because he played QB at Penn.

Gotta be honest this is a great trade for the Cubs. They will be getting rid of 5.5 million of DeRosa's contract while putting Fontenot at 2b full time or platooning him with Theriot at 2b allowing the Cubs to get a SS thru trade or free agency. Also the Cubs would be getting rid of 5 million of Marquis' contract, cancelling out Peavy's contract for next season. Which leaves good money to land a middle of the order left-handed hitter or leadoff man. Plus the Cubs do not have to give up Marshall who would be the 6th starter on this team and lefty long reliever in the pen.

Love this deal! Hope it goes down!

To add to the BIG NEWS POST-

Bruce Levine's blog said that Jim Hendry has had lunch with Seth Levinson, who represents Milton Bradley and Raul Ibanez. Also at lunch today Lou told Bruce that the Cubs will have a left-handed hitter for their lineup within the next couple of days. He thinks it probably Bradley and I tend to agree with him.

It should be noted that baseball sources told him that Bradley has already been looked at by Cubs trainers during the last month.

Great News!!!!


UPDATE @ 6:45 pm- Corey Brock of says a Padres source said the Twins are not involved in a potential Peavy deal.

UPDATE @ 6:30 pm- Buster Onley of says the Yankees have talked about Peavy with the Padres but those talks did not really advance. Poor Buster trying to get his east coast bias in the trade for Peavy talk. He fails to realize that Towers has said it is either the Cubs or he will keep Peavy plus Peavy will not accept a trade to any team except the Cubs. Too bad Buster!

UPDATE @ 4:30 pm- Buster Olney says that Peavy's agent Barry Axelrod has left the meetings with no word of a deal but the Cubs are still expected to get it done.

UPDATE @ 4:15 pm- Corey Brock says the Padres might want Scott Hairston in a deal.

UPDATE @ 4:00 pm- Carrie Mustkat says according to her source the Cubs will not trade Derosa. She adds there is no time table for a deal to get done even though the Phillies, Cubs and Padres still are talking about a deal.

UPDATE @ 11:58 am- Bruce Levine is reporting a deal is still being worked on but the scenario is being mentioned. The Cubs sending DeRosa to Philly for Happ and a second pitcher. The Cubs would then send Happ, Hart, Marquis, Vitters and the other Phills pitcher to the Padres in exchange for Peavy. The Cubs would eat about 4 million of the contract.( Bruce might be off a bit on this one or missing some pieces, because that does not sound like enough).

He also said along with the deal for Peavy the Cubs are working on a trade to bring in an outfielder.

This contradicts almost all reports earlier today.

Here is some rumors from day three-

- No Peavy deal is close according to ESPN.

- Gordon Wittenmyer says the Cubs biggest challenge is the Cubs moving Jason Marquis' contract and the other is the Padres clearing spots in the 40 man roster. He also says the Cubs' is not an issue. ( regardless of what other media says)He also goes onto says the Phillies do not expect to get DeRosa but other players( I am assuming maybe Cedeno or Guzman??) and he also said the idea of Carlos Zambrano being traded after acquiring Peavy is untrue.

- Jim Salisbury says that Kyle Kendrick could be included in this three team trade.

- StarTribune says the Twins and Cubs have talked about a deal that would send them Mark DeRosa and get them involved in the Peavy trade( I am wondering if Delmon Young could be apart of this). The Twins also have a lot of young pitching that could help the Cubs land Peavy. They also like Kevin Kouzmanoff.

Lets try a 4 way trade with the Phillies, Cubs, Padres, and Twins-

Cubs get Peavy

Phillies get Guzman and Cedeno

Twins get Derosa, Pie, and Kouzmanoff

Padres get Vitters, Kendrick, Marshall, Delmon Young, and two young pitching prospects from Twins.

- It looks like the O's maybe falling out of the three way trade. They just signed Cesar Izturis.

- Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune said a Phillies source said a deal is in place if the Cubs will pull the trigger with the Padres. Sullivan talked to Crane Kenney who implied the projected budgets for the bidders did in fact include Peavy's contract if they acquired him.

SO no more BS about the "sale of the team" and "having to get permission from prospective buyers" mainstream media!!!!!!

- Towers said that the two sides have made a lot of progress since last night and said "we're just not there yet"

-In non-Peavy news Bradley might be close to signing with the Cubs according to the Chicago Tribune. The Cubs have said they want a middle of the order left handed bat and deal Marquis before moving onto "other business" and they might be close to crossing one off there list. The Cubs also have some interest in Bobby Abreu but there has been no formal talks, even thought Peter Greenberg said Abreu is interested in the Cubs.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Peavy Deal Done By Thursday?!?! UPDATE!

Here is the latest Peavy rumors from Vegas-

UPDATED @ 9:30 pm- has Kevin Towers saying "looks more likely today than yesterday" that a deal gets done with the Cubs. Jim and Kevin met today and will meet again tonight to try to get Jake dealt to the Cubs. The main hold up is Marquis' contract.

- Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said today "if we can get one or two teams to agree on something, we're ready to move." I think he is talking about the Peavy trade.

- Stark rolls in with another comment from his source that down plays the Cubs and the Peavy trade. He says no deal is imminent and if a deal is agreed upon it will no happen until after the meetings because the Cub and Padres "still have a lot of work to do" to get the deal done. He also says both sides should have some sort of an announcement Thursday whether they are moving on or a trade is complete.

- According to sources the Cubs are not close with Bradley, in fact the Cubs are now looking at Abreu because he will not cost any draft picks and may cost less because the RF is not as strong as everyone thought.

Thought this deserved a new entry-

According to ESPN NEWS, Peavy is close to being traded to the Cubs in a three team deal. Kevin Towers said the deal WILL be done by Thursday.

Now Peter Gammons have come on ESPN and said the Cubs, Padres, and a third or fourth team are close to a trade that would send Peavy to the Cubs. It could get done as early as today but will get done by Thursday at the latest.

Great News!!!!!


There is also an "unfound rumor" that the Cubs are nearing a deal with Milton Bradley. It is unknown the amount or years but this could be why the sudden turn it talks for today went from "near deal" to "not close" to "close to trade."

More to Come!

Peavy Update! UPDATE!

UPDATE @ 3:30 says Peavy talks are slowing down and the Cubs do not want to give up more than the 5 players that the Padres are asking according to another source.

UPDATE @ 3:00 pm- Kevin Towers says nothing has changed in the past 24 hours. This according to Yahoo's Tim Brown and Gordon Edes. The Cubs are having second thoughts about the 4 team trade and sources says the price maybe too steep right now.

UPDATE @ 2:30 pm- Tom Krasovic says the Padres are not seeking Happ or Coste as we heard recently. He also said Cedeno does not seem to be a top of the Padres wish list to play SS.

- According to league sources the Cubs are slowing talks down so they can concentrate on dealing Marquis in a separate deal and get a left-handed hitter for the middle of their lineup. If the Cubs land a Lefty or switch hitter, soon after the deal, the deal for Peavy should be completed according to one source.

WOW, a lot of going back and fourth. I just hope the Cubs do not leave the meetings with nothing accomplished!

Here is the latest Peavy Updates-

- Rosenthal says the Cubs are not close on a deal with Peavy. He continues to say the Cubs need to have an idea who their owner is before they make a deal. The Cubs are considering Randy Johnson as a backup plan.

Where is he hearing this crap??? There have been reports across the board saying a deal is close and from local media. This main stream media like ESPN and Foxsports are not in tune with teams not named the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Angels, and Mets. I take local word over mainstream any day!

- Jayson Stark had this to say-

A Chicago Cubs source vehemently denied reports that a trade for Jake Peavy is imminent, telling Tuesday that the club is not "remotely close" to a deal for the San Diego Padres ace.

PeavyThe Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday night that the Cubs were very close to a deal, according to a source close to GM Jim Hendry.

But according to's source, there are multiple reasons the Cubs can't move forward on any trade for Peavy right now.

First, the source said, the Cubs' "No. 1 priority" is adding a left-handed-hitting outfielder, not a starting pitcher. And the team isn't close to acquiring that bat. The Cubs have interest in a half-dozen outfielders who meet that description, with free agents Raul Ibanez and Bobby Abreu seemingly at the top of that list.

Second, the Cubs' muddled ownership situation leaves Hendry and his baseball people unsure about whether they would be permitted to take on a contract as large as Peavy's. The 27-year-old right-hander will make $11 million next season and has as much as $81 million remaining over the next five years if his team picks up his 2013 option.

The source didn't deny that the Cubs have had numerous discussions about a deal for Peavy, including three-team and four-team scenarios that could involve the Baltimore Orioles and/or Philadelphia Phillies.

But the Cubs have also pursued other, less-expensive starting pitching options, including free agent Randy Johnson, who is only looking for a one-year deal.

Padres GM Kevin Towers told Monday that his team needs to leave the winter meetings Thursday with a clear sense of whether there's a deal to be made for Peavy. If not, Towers said, the team needs to announce to its fans that Peavy is staying and begin trying to fill its needs in other ways.

Once again a disagree with Stark saying the Cubs ownership in flux complicates things. Crane Kenney has come out and said the payroll will exceed 140 million and it is "business as usual." Another thing I would want to know is why his source said they are not "remotely close" then say they discussed a 3 or 4 team deal for Peavy??? Sounds like there at least somewhat close if they are discussing teams and players. I just do not see the main stream sports media getting the details before the Chicago or Padres guys do.

- Peavy sang GO CUBS GO at a bar in Vegas last night. Not sure how credible it is but hey, it is interesting.

- The Cubs along with the Mets and Phillies are the front runners to land Raul Ibanez.

Day 2 of the Winter Meetings.....

WOW! What a busy day yesterday. It is only going to get more exciting and let me tell you how much fun this has been. It has been the most active offseason I have ever witnessed for every team involved. Lets check out the early morning rumors-

- Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says the Cubs are in "intense discussions" with Milton Bradley. The Rays and Cubs are currently the only active players with Bradley since the Royals bowed out.

- Jake Peavy is close to becoming a Cub-

***** UPDATED @ 1:02 am- Ken Rosenthal has a source that says the Cubs' attempts to bring in a third team include 20 names with 4 or 5 teams. Rosenthal also says an agreement is still not close.

*****UPDATED @ 2:40 am- Chris De Luca has a different source close to Jim Henry that says a deal is "very close." The source also says the O's and Cubs part of the deal is already set up. The O's would send the Cubs Garrett Olson for Felix Pie and the Cubs would then fip Olson to the Padres. A second team is also rumored to be the Phillies, who could send more prospects for a guy like Mark DeRosa. Jim declined to comment on the recent trade talks.

***** The Cubs would like to still trade Marquis and get a lefty bat before the trade is completed for Peavy( which explains why Bradley talks have heated up). One scenario is sending Marquis in a separate deal or in the same deal as Peavy. Talks should get very hot in the next 24 hours.

***** UPDATE @ 10:40 am- Phil Rogers jumps into the Peavy discussions saying the key to a four team deal would be the Phillies or O's taking on part if not all of Marquis contract. I like this quote from Rogers "it will be a stunner if the Cubs don't acquire Peavy"

I am gonna take a stab at this 4 team trade-

Cubs get Peavy and an unknown player from the Phillies or O's

Phillies get Derosa and Guzman

Padres get Olson, Vitters, Happ, Cedeno, and Marshall

O's get Pie and Marquis


Monday, December 08, 2008

Peavy Trade Taking Shape!

The Peavy trade is really taking shape now, lets have a look-

- Rosenthal says the Phillies are now in the mix as the possible third team in the Peavy trade. He says the talks are preliminary. He also says the Cubs can't complete a deal for Peavy until their new owner is decided. ( That is an untrue statement according to other reports)

- Scott Miller of says Jason Marquis and Angel Guzman could end up with the Padres in the three team deal. The Pads also could get Happ and Coste from the Phils. Miller says the Phils are known to have interest in Mark DeRosa.

I want to add according to my sources it is a 4 team trade where the Cubs will be sending several players to the Padres, O's, and Phillies. But in turn the Cubs are going to end up with Peavy and Roberts or Scott or Huff in a deal. The Cubs want Font to get more playing time and moving DeRosa would do that. The Padres are not getting Marquis according to my sources. He is either going to the O's or Phillies. Stay tuned for more!

-'s Corey Brock says the Peavy trade " has essentially been completed." No deal has been reached, but Towers says he has facilitated a three or four-team deal. The third and fourth teams have agreed to players. The hang up right now is the remaining players sent from the Cubs to Padres.

If the Cubs trade both Marquis and Derosa in the same deal assuming they will pay none of DeRosa's contract and 4 million of Marquis' then they will purge 10 million which would create no problem for them to take on Peavy's contract for this year.

- Jim Hendry has met with Milton Bradley last night but it is rumored he is likely to sign with either the Rays or Royals.

-'s Lyle Spencer says the Angels have not taken themselves out of the Peavy sweepstakes. Where has this guy been?? Towers is only dealing with the Cubs.

- Tom Krasovic says that DeRosa would wind up a Phillie and Micheal Wuertz is a new name the Padres like. Axelrod also said Peavy would require a full no trade clause for Peavy upon a trade.

Cubs Rumors Fly on First Day in Vegas.

I was at work all day today so we will have to get caught up on the latest Cubs rumors-

- The Cubs are eyeing Rich Aurilia but only if Ronny Cedeno or Mike Fontenot is moved according to Ken Rosenthal. Mike will not be traded according to Lou and Jim Hendry.

- Lots of Peavy Rumors so here it is-

***** The Cubs are the only team in on Peavy according to Towers and the only team Towers will deal with.

***** Jayson Stark says there is just about a zero chance Jake Peavy is dealt at the meetings but the Cubs and Padres still have a potential deal in place that involves Sean Marshall, Kevin Hart, Josh Vitters, and maybe Cedeno according to Tom Krasovic.

*****Jon Heyman looks like he is backing down from his statement the other day saying talks are on "life support." He reports that Kevin Towers "envisions a way to do a deal now with only the Cubs."

***** The Suntimes says "a rumor floating around the Bellagio lobby Sunday evening had the Tampa Bay Rays being a possible third-team partner in a Peavy deal" Although it is likely that the third team is the Orioles.

*****Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times says the Cubs want to trade Marquis and find a left-handed hitting outfielder before the get Peavy. Fordon's source also said that the Cubs will eventually acquire Peavy.

*****Bruce Miles says the Cubs and Padres will start talks today.

***** Joel Sherman was told by Towers that if he does not deal Peavy to the Cubs at the meetings, he will keep the pitcher to start the season. He also says the Dodgers are the only other club that Jake will approve a trade to.

- The Rockies like Jason Marquis especially if the Cubs pick up 4 million of his contract. I predict Marquis is traded tonight or tomorrow. Now the Rockies are discussing Marquis internally according to's Thomas Harding.

- The Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy today but did not effect the Cubs.

- Jeremy Hermida is high on the Cubs wish list and they are also looking at Milton Bradley. Lou loves Raul Ibanez and even asked Seattle reports if Raul can play the outfield. Bobby Abreu is a fan and media favorite but the Cubs are still in love with Brian Roberts who could be available if he does not sign an extension with the O's.

- Ibanez and Abreu rank much higher than Adam Dunn and Bradley according to Jayson Stark. Stark also said that Hermida's asking price is more than just prospects and the Cubs may not be able to do that. He also stats the Cubs payroll is not frozen and can go over budget if the subtract payroll later.

I honestly think the Cubs should target Dunn, Bradley, Abreu, and then Ibanez.

- Roch Kubatko says the O's still like Pie but may only get him if Olsen is flipped to the Padres in a Peavy trade.

- Ron Santo once again was not elected into the HOF. It is very upsetting to say the least!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Peavy Deal on Life Support?? Not Likely.

This is according to Jon Heyman-

If the Padres want to deal star pitcher Jake Peavy to the Cubs, it appears they have some work to do.

"The Peavy thing isn't dead, but it's on life support," one person familiar with the Cubs' dealings said.

With the Braves out of the talks, at least for the moment, the Cubs appeared to be San Diego's best hope for a trade. One reason for that is that Peavy seems willing to consider waiving his no-trade powers to join the Cubs.

Meanwhile, the Cubs are surveying the lefty hitter market, which is strong. Bobby Abreu, Raul Ibanez and Adam Dunn are among about a half-dozen hitters they're considering.

While I do not have the sources that Jon Heyman does, I do disagree with this statement. We have heard this back and fourth talks all winter long and I think it gets resolved this week when Jake Peavy is traded to the Cubs. There has been a half a dozen reports in the last 48 hours saying talks are about to resume today and throughout the entire week about a Peavy trade. Could Jon be talking to Lou??? Because he is the only one saying this trade is not happening( and that is only because he has to). I trust guys like Bruce Levine, Rosenthal, Onley, Tim Brown and others that talk to Towers and Hendry a little more than Heyman. I am wondering who this "one person familiar with the Cubs dealings is????" Until someone in the media besides Heyman comes out and supports this, I am really not going to read into it.

I do think the Cubs want to add a left handed hitter first before Peavy like Heyman said and many others have stated. I like two of the 3 names he has listed( Abreu and Dunn) because it will not cost Cubs draft picks and will cost about the same as Ibanez with Dunn being younger. The other three he maybe hinting at are David DeJesus, Hermida, and Milton Bradley.

I will keep you posted on the latest cubs rumors!

Marquis Traded This Week and Other Moves

-Bruce Levine thinks Cubs GM Jim Hendry will have a really busy week. Saying he expects Marquis to be traded this week in Las Vegas. I am hearing from sources it is to the O's, Rockies, Reds, or Mets.

- Levine says the Cubs are still getting calls for Rich Hill even though he is struggling mightily. He might be the missing piece in a potential Peavy three way deal.

- Bruce also says a lot of deals and rumors take shape and get done late. A lot of this has to do with GM's meeting at a bar and talking deals and finally getting things hammered out.

- Levine says the Cubs main concern is a lefty or switch hitter. He stats the Cubs are looking at guys who can either leadoff or bat in the middle of the order. He says it would be a Cubs dream to add Peavy and two left handed hitters. My ideal thought would be Peavy, then Figgins or Roberts or Furcal( preferably Furcal), and then Dunn, Abreu, Hermida, or Bradley. I might be dreaming though!

- It is now unlikely that Gaudin will be non-tendered since Jim likes him as a long reliever. Cubs officials also said that Shark will start the season in the Cubs bullpen unless "things change"

- The Tribune says that Javier Valentin or Koyie Hill could be Soto's back up next season. What about Gregg Zaun or Paul Bako as options??

- We will find out Monday whether Ron Santo will be finally voted into the HOF. HE SHOULD!!!!


Store this in the "Unfound Rumors" section of Hot Stove Cubbies. I received emails from some of my readers and this has not been able to confirm with with a source yet. Still interesting so here it is-

Cubs get Peavy and Aubrey Huff

Orioles get Pie, Cedeno, Hoffpauier, Atkins, and Cubs PTBNL

Paders get Vitters, Marshall, Olsen, and Hart

Sounds like a legitimate trade, although the Cubs are giving up 8 players for 2 which seems like a lot. The reader does says Huff would platoon in RF with Derosa to give Fontenot more playing time at 2b. Seems interesting since Huff does my play good defense in RF, LF, 3b, and 1st, and would give Lou a lot of options for lineups and positions.

I will try to see if I can confirm this trade through on of my sources, until then it is an "Unfound Rumor"