Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Cubs Rumor Bag: Soriano, A Source, and Levine Speaks

 -  - Matt Garza will be officially put on the DL today and the Cubs will call up lefty Brooks Raley today to take his spot.
- - Garza stress reaction is serious and the Cubs are not sure he will be back this season.
- - Jed Hoyer expects Garza to be a part of the Cubs in 2013 even if he does not pitch in 2012,
- - As of last Friday Soriano indicated he had not been placed on waivers.
- - Soriano said there is a 50/50 chance he is traded this offseason but likes Chicago and will only leave for a contender in a desirable city to him.
- - The Cubs are going to ride out the ups and downs of the young players in the ML Sveum said (which goes along with the FO). This is a dramatic change from Quade and Jim Hendry.

Talked to one of my sources recently through email and he had some nice tidbits to offer me-

- - Don’t be surprised if younger prospects in the system at a deep position are traded to provide more depth in other areas in this off-season and next. He names players like Junior Lake, Dan Vogelbach, Trey McNutt, Matt Szczur, and Logan Watkins.
- - Movement throughout the Cubs system from now until this next season will be significant and could see players like Lake and Szczur jump to AAA Iowa. Even players like Vogelbach, Baez, and Soler could see a promotion to AA before the start of next season.
- - The most telling thing for the direction of the Cubs and their players will the September call ups. If the Cubs decide to call up guys like Szczur or Lake to the big leagues it means one of two things. They want to see if they can contribute at the big league level as early as next season or they are auditioning those players for trades with other clubs for their top prospects.
Levine had his chat so lets check in-
- - Castro has gone cold with this bat because people are taking advantage of his aggressiveness.
- - LaHair could look at other options this offseason including moving to Japan.
- - No inning cap for Shark but they could skip some starts for him.
- - No one will put a claim on Soriano but he could help a lot of teams.
- - The Cubs backstops both need work but they are considered the future right now.
- - Cubs are not afraid of trading one of their young players for other needs within the Cubs organization. (Something my sources said above)
- - The Cubs best chance to deal Garza now is in the offseason.
- - Soler and Almora could see Peoria the last few weeks of the season.
Until Next Time…

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