The latest in the rumor bag today-
- Carlos Marmol recent improvements are because he is throwing his fastball more and even for strikes. There are now 5 teams scouting Marmol according to sources and he is starting to be viewed as a nice trade chip and that could increase even more with every save he gets.
- Chris Volstad will be called up Tuesday to start for the DFA Randy Wells and injured pitcher Ryan Dempster.
- Jorge Soler signing was officially announced over the weekend. He will head to Arizona for “Spring Training” and then be assigned to either Boise or Peoria.
- Cole Hamels is on the trading block along with maybe Grienke which hurts the Cubs because Garza and Dempster were viewed the best in the market but are now 3rd and 4th.
- The Phillies are not in sell mode completely because they have Howard, Halladay, and Utley all coming back this month so root for the Phils.
- The Carlos Lee deal fell through so that means a possible LaHair/Dempster deal could still go down with the Dodgers.
- Soriano is not going to the Orioles now because they traded for Jim Thome but he is still getting interest from the Indians according to sources.
- If you don’t know by now LaHair and Castro are All-Stars.
- Not good news for Ian Stewart he is having surgery on this wrist and will be out for 6-10 weeks.
- A source told me as of today the Cubs will have at least 5 players traded between now and the trade deadline. He did no label the 5 players but you would have to think Dempster, Garza, and Marmol but the other 2… Maybe LaHair? Soto? Maholm? Barney? Camp?
- Cubs sign 16 year old SS Frandy de la Rosa. You can find out all about him here at Bleacher Nation.
Until Next Time…