Update 7-29-09 @ 3:15- It looks like Sanchez maybe heading to the Giants. Kovacevic says there could be a deal in place depending on what the Giant find out about his knee. This effects the Cubs because the Giants are the only other team that is serious about Teahen. If the Giants get Sanchez then that would end their Teahen pursuit.
UPDATE 7-29-09 @ 3:00 pm- Jeff Clement was traded just not to the Cubs but to the Pirates. The Mariners acquire Wilson and Ian Snell for Clement, Ronny Cedeno, Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock.
Interesting deal for the M's and Pirates.
I have talked to my source about the potential 3 way deal that involves the Pirates, Cubs, and Royals. She says it seems possible and have heard the Cubs are "working hard" to get both Teahen and Grabow but says "nothing is finalized as of now." More to come as this develops.
There has been some major "unfounded rumors" bouncing around this morning that are very interesting. Lets take a look-
- Reported early this morning by Ryan Divish of The News Tribune catcher Jeff Clement was removed from the Tacoma Rainers lineup last night that was not injury related. The Cubs have not been linked to Jeff Clement yet this season but his services may be needed considering how many games Koyie Hill has catch recently. Clement a Midwest native, might be insurance in case Soto is not progressing or has a set back. Clement has bounced between AAA and the Bigs but has done a pretty decent job with the glove because he has a career .995 fielding percentage in the Majors.
- Are the Cubs, Royals, and the Pirates working on a three way deal? I am hearing that the deal would include the Cubs getting John Grabow and Mark Teahen while the Royals would receive Tom Gorzelanny and a PTBNL from the Cubs. The Pirates then would get 4 prospects/minor league guys that could include guys like Welington Castillo, Hak-Ju Lee, Jake Fox, or even Ryan Flaherty. We have heard that the Cubs had interest in Gorzelanny in the past week so could they have just been interested in him as a trading chip? We have also heard here at HSC that the Cubs have been in constant contact with the Pirates and that they like Mark Teahen, coincidence? Maybe not!
This are rumors I have heard talked about on the radio as well as on the message boards. I can neither confirm or deny this reports but will research them and either dismiss or confirm them as I come across information. Although I do hear and see a lot of rumors daily, I only give you the most "likely to happen rumors" under the "Unfounded Rumors" title and back it up with past rumors and links.
I will update you as soon as I know if the rumor lives or dies.