Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cubs Rumor Bag: Rumors and not all about Dempster

Here are some quick hits from a day filled with talk and no action for the Cubs-
  • Randy Wells is done for the year because he is having elbow surgery.
  • Garza will pitch a side session on Friday and if everything goes well he will pitch Monday’s game.
  • Buster Olney is reporting the Cubs are hoping Dempster changes his mind about Atlanta.
  • Morosi says the Dempster deal with the Dodgers is not dead but the Cubs are upset because they lost all leverage.
  • The Cubs are prepared to hold onto Dempster if they do not get the deal they want. They will then offer him a qualifying offer to hope to obtain a draft pick after the first round.
  • Olney says the Dodgers are confident they can get a deal done for Dempster.
  • The Braves GM says a deal for Dempster is not dead and they have not ruled him out. It is just unlikely and noted some parameters expired already.
  • Soriano seems like he maybe the first piece to leave the Cubs. He is getting interest from the Bucs, Indians, and Rays.
  • The Cubs were interested in acquiring Nate Eovaldi in a Dempster or Garza trade but they went away when he was traded for Hanley Ramirez.
  • Cole Hamels gives the Cubs a boost by signing an extension with the Phillies. One less piece on the board.
  • A package around Allen Webster could be coming the Cubs way if they deal Dempster to the Dodgers.
  • The Braves are very interested in Zach Greinke but so is a lot of teams and his price is higher than Garza and Dempster.
  • The Pirates are now unlikely to land Paul Maholm since the Buccos traded for Wandy Rodriguez.
  • Stat guru Cliff Lippert makes a nice prediction that I agree with on twitter. He says Dempster approves trade today because he won’t have to face the Chicago media during next homestand. Cliff confidence level is at 46%. I just don’t know if he will be traded to the Dodgers or Braves.
  • The Rays recently DFA Matsui… Could they be working a deal for Soriano?
  • Several Cubs maybe dealt after the deadline like Reed Johnson, Carlos Marmol, Geovany Soto, Jeff Baker, and Shawn Camp sources tell me.
  • Many execs feel the Jays or the Rangers will land Josh Johnson which would be cool I guess.
  • The Angels have interest in Matt Garza but won’t pull a trigger until they see how he pitches next.
Until Next Time..

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