Friday, November 12, 2010

Cubs Rumors....

- The Cubs could have some interest in trading for Gordon Beckham if the White Sox decide to trade him.

- The Cubs are are keeping tabs on B.J. Upton since the Rays are believed to be shopping him and the asking price is reasonable.

- The Cubs and Red Sox do not have interest in trading Fukudome for Dice-K according to sources.

- Carlos Beltran would be open to playing RF and waiving his no-trade clause. How about Fukudome and Silva for Carlos Beltran. The money would be almost even and he could play RF for the Cubs with Colvin playing first.

- Ryne Sandberg might land a job with the Phillies.

That is all for now, until next time....

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Levine Latest and More...

The latest from Levine and others-

- The Cubs have no interest in trading for Dan Uggla.

- Zambrano and Soriano have untradeable contracts.

- Aramis Ramirez could be traded and I have heard the Cubs have already received calls from the Red Sox and Angels about Aramis.

- The Cubs first choice to play first for them is Adrian Gonzalez followed by Carlos Pena then Adam Dunn.

- Levine backs up what we have been hearing which is Hak-Ju Lee will be one of the players involved in A-Gone trade talk along with Jay Jackson and Chris Archer.

- Levine says Starlin Castro and Brett Jackson will not be involved in trade talk. Carlos Marmol will not be involved with a potential Padres trade.

- The Cubs think Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson will be impact players at the ML level.

- Hendry has not received the 2011 payroll numbers but the Cubs are not expected to spend big on free agents this winter.

- Sean Marshall is enjoying being a reliever.

- Add Jake Westbrook to the list of pitchers the Cubs like. Brandon Webb is still my pick.

- Levine says it is still a possibility that Tyler Colvin is the Cubs starting 1st baseman next season.

- Brandon Guyer needs another year in the minors.

- The Cubs are talking to teams about Fukudome.

- The Cubs have interest in bring Bill Hall in as a utility player much like the role DeRosa filled for them a couple years back. He would likely fill in for Jeff Baker, who is expected to be non-tendered.

Until Next Time….

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Gonzalez to Cubs Looking Better and Better!

Adrian Gonzalez could be the 2011 first baseman and beyond, Levine stated yesterday that the Cubs would “love to add Gonzalez.” Levine said the Cubs are one of many teams that have an eye on A-Gone and that if the Cubs did trade for him the Cubs would give up three to four top young prospects.

The Cubs are not going to have a lot of money to spend on free agents unless they trade away some of there large contracts so they may be more involved in the trade market. There are many reasons Adrian Gonzalez is so appealing to the Cubs 1) He is only owed 5.8 million next season 2) If the Cubs traded for him they will likely work out a long term deal with him before the deal is completed, giving them stability and production at 1st base for many years to come 3) Adrian has stated he likes Chicago and loves playing in Wrigley 4) He has posted 30+ homers and 99+ RBI in the past 4 season in a pitcher friendly park and division 5) He is only 29 years old 6) The big money owed to him will not effect the Cubs until the start the 2012 season which is when 38 million dollars will come off the books (Adrian will likely get 23 million a season) 7) The Cubs have a nice quanity and quality of prospects to land Gonzalez. All these reasons make the Cubs chances better than most teams.

The big question is what talent do the Cubs have to part with? Don’t worry Cub fans Starlin Castro is staying put but the same cannot be said for Andrew Cashner. According to my source the Cubs would have to give up Castro or Cashner in any deal for Adrian Gonzalez. The Cubs will not give up Castro in “any deal” because SS like him are hard to come by. The Cubs are more willing to give Cashner because of past experiences with Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, and other pitchers that have had promise but failed to live up to expectations. The Padres are looking to fill numerous voids with the players they acquire via A-Gone trade. They are looking at starting pitching, CF, and middle infield. The players the Cubs could look to trade and the Padres may have interest in are Brett Jackson, Hak-Ju Lee, Josh Vitters, Jay Jackson, Chris Archer, Andrew Cashner, Ryan Flaherty, Chris Carpenter, Tyler Colvin, and Brandon Guyer. Any three to five of those prospects could be apart of a potential Gonzalez deal. I think Josh Vitters, Andrew Cashner, Tyler Colvin, and Hak-Ju Lee would get Gonzalez on the Nothside. Only time will tell.

Until Next Time..

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Free Agency Starts and So does the Cubs Rumors...

- The Cubs payroll will be down this season but how much is still a mystery. But the rumor is Adam Dunn will likely sign elsewhere unless he takes a discount to come to Chicago.

- The Cubs may look at Victor Martinez or Aubrey Huff to fill their void at first base next season. V-Mart will likely command 10 million a season which to me does not make sense for the Cubs. They should have two lists, one that includes free agents like Carlos Pena and Adam Dunn and another that have one year rentals such as Lance Berkman and Nick Johnson.

- The Cubs might need to trade Fukudome before adding any significant free agents according to Bruce Levine. The same thing happened with Milton Bradley last season.

- John Garland might be on the Cubs wish list. Garland is a good competitor and has playoff experience but I think they should go after Brandon Webb.

- Adrian Gonzalas is available via trade and the Cubs are expected to give the Padres a call. Rumor says Cubs would want a 24-48 hour negotiating window with Adrian to lock him up, if a trade is reached. The Padres reportedly were scouting Jay Jackson, Brett Jackson, Brandon Guyer, Hak-Ju Lee, Josh Vitters, Tyler Colvin, Wellington Castillo, Geovany Soto, and others at the end of last season and in off-season baseball. The Cubs will not trade Starlin Castro though.

- Koyie Hill is likely out of the Cubs picture next season, they could look at veteran backup but are likely to go with with one in house.

Until Next Time..