- The Cubs want Luis Castillo and are working on a deal that involves him and Milton Bradley but they need to get a third team involved according to sources. The Cubs tried a deal that would have sent Lyle Overbay to the Mets, Bradley to the Jays, and Castillo to the Cubs but that failed. Then the Cubs had a rumor deal that sent Bradley to the Rangers, Castillo to the Cubs, and Millwood to the Mets but the quickly was dismissed.
Now the rumor is the Cubs, Mets, and Rays are talking about a three player swap. The Rays would receive Bradley, the Cubs get Castillo, and the Mets would get Pat Burrell. Seems like an even swap to me although I think the Cubs would have to kick in some cash to get it done. I really think the Cubs need to get rid of Bradley soon and if they do so and get Castillo, call it a victory for the Cubs.
- We talked yesterday about the Cubs looking at backup outfielders and also everyday guys for CF. We have three new names to the list and they are Rajai Davis, Nate McLouth, and Denard Span. The Cubs have continued their search for a possible replacement for Bradley and these three names have came up. Davis we have heard about some this offseason and would be a great addition to the Cubs even though he is a righty. Nate McLouth however the Cubs have always liked and the Braves maybe making available for a more power bat or to clear payroll to get a guy like Matt Holliday or Jason Bay. McLouth is owed 11 million over the next two years with a 10.65 million club option for 2012. He would likely be a cheaper trade target than Granderson and cost less as well. Denard Span is intriguing as well. The Cubs were linked to Span during the deadline last year so there is no wonder why his name comes up again. Span is a young guy under team control for sometime so he would likely come with a heavy price tag but to me he would be worth it. I will keep you updated on these names as the Hot Stove starts heating up.
Until Next Time.....