Saturday, July 07, 2012

Cubs Rumor Bag: Soto, Soriano, Baez, and Padilla Talks

  • The Cubs were 2nd place for the bidding on Yu Darvish. Although the bid price was way below what the Rangers offered.
  • The Cubs have signed second round draft pick Duane Underwood. Albert Almora is the only unsigned player in the top 20 the Cubs have not signed.
  • Baseball America labels Javier Baez at the 25th best prospect in baseball. This is like awesome!
  • Some officials rank Matt Garza as a better trade chip than Grienke and Hamels considering he is more than a rental.
  • Many clubs love the idea of getting Darwin Barney but his asking price remains high.
  • The Rays and a “mystery” NL team have been in heavy talks about Geovany Soto.
  • Dempster will get the start Sunday.
  • The Pirates are now emerging as favorites to land Soriano given their need for a power hitting corner outfielder.
  • Doug Padilla had a chat from Thursday-
    • The Cubs like Valbuena but also like Vitters bat.
    • Padilla differs from Levine in that he thinks Vitters will be a Sept. call up.
    • Dempster rumors will heat up and Maholm trade value is going up.
    • The only way the Cubs trade Starlin Castro is to get two Starlin Castro type players.
    • No slam dunk #1 player in next season’s draft.
    • Lake could be a guy that plays every day at 3rd for the Cubs.
    • LaHair is only traded if a contending team wants to pay a steep price for a 1st baseman.
    • Cross-town trades are not a good idea.
    • Padilla thinks two of Dempster, Garza, Soriano, and LaHair get traded but does not think Soriano will get dealt.
    • A lot of minor moves could me coming soon.
    • Soto will not fetch anything good by himself.
    • Pitching prospects are high on the Cubs brass list.
    • DeJesus may mean more to the Cubs than his current trade value because of work ethic and clubhouse presence.
    • Again he thinks Soriano stays on the north-side.
    • Dodgers will have to pay a lot for a guy like LaHair in terms of prospects.
    • When more prospects are ready is when the Cubs will start signing big free agents

    1 comment:

    Rich Sheppard, D.C. said...

    Many rumors say Cubs # 1 Almora signed. Needs to take physical and announcement next week after ASG.