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The Cubs are not interested in Derek Lowe according to a Major League source.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) August 4, 2012
Lowe, 39, has a 5.52 ERA and a 4.48 FIP through 21 starts and 119 innings pitched. The 16-year veteran is currently sporting a career-low 7.6 percent strikeout rate. He owns a career 15.2 percent career strikeout rate and only a 5.4 percent swinging strike rate in 2012, his lowest such rate since 2002, when swinging strikes were first recorded.
Facing post-trade-deadline depth issues, the Cubs are looking into what it would take to acquire former Derek Lowe [sic], who was designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians this week.
Lowe was 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA for the Indians in 2012. He struck out 41 and walked 45 in 119 innings of work. The 16-year MLB veteran has a career 4.01 ERA.
After the Chicago Cubs traded SP Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers, the veteran hurler purchased a full-page advertisement in the Chicago Tribune to thank the fans of Chicago and the surrounding areas, saying the Windy City was "my kind of town."
Dempster, 35, was in the middle of his 9th season with the Chicago Cubs, where he resurrected his career first as a reliever, then as a workhorse starting rotation pitcher. So far in the 2012 season, Dempster has a 2.82 ERA and 3.62 FIP through 17 starts. In his first game with the Rangers, he lasted only 4 and 2/3 innings and allowed 8 ER on 2 HR, 3 BB and 6 K.
Here is a look at the ad, courtesy of Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat:
Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has confirmed that he used his "10-5" no-trade rights to reject a deal that would have sent him to the San Francisco Giants, as Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Tribune reports. Soriano expected to be dealt before the trade deadline earlier this week, but he didn't want to go to San Francisco.
Here's what Soriano said to Wittenmyer:
I’m surprised that me and a couple more players were not moved. But sometimes it’s not easy. Both teams have to be on the same page to get people traded.
Apparently, Soriano wasn't on the same page with the Cubs when they wanted to move him to the Giants. The outfielder says that he's already consented to possible deals sending him to the Los Angeles Dodgers, plus a few other teams included on a list that he gave to the team recently.
For now, the team will continue to monitor possible deals this month for Soriano, who will surely pass through waivers given the exorbitant salaries he's set to receive through 2014.
The Chicago Cubs attempted to trade Ryan Dempster to the Atlanta Braves for a premium pitching prospect roughly one week prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but that deal mysteriously fell through and the market for the 35-year-old hurler quickly dissipated thereafter. The Cubs did manage to move Dempster at the last minute in a deal with the Texas Rangers, but they only acquired a back-of-the-rotation starter in Jacob Brigham and two other fringe prospects, according to Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus.
Cubs President Theo Epstein bent over backwards to accommodate Dempster -- who held 10-and-5 no-trade rights -- while finding a deal suitable for the club, but Epstein sounds ready to put the whole situation behind him for good. Although Dempster made things more difficult and even cut off the team's leverage with trade partners due to his preference to land with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Epstein tried to put on a good face for the media:
"Some things are better left unsaid," Epstein said with a grin. "It was an unusual situation. But I think it as helpful to have him there so he could hear first-hand that (the Dodgers deal) wasn't going to happen.
"If someone wants to really go to a place, you can tell him over and over it's not going to happen. But unless they're convinced of that, they're not going to want to move on to their second choice."
And with regards to the Braves deal falling through, Theo did say Dempster couldn't have been blind-sided by the prospect of landing with Atlanta:
"He didn't technically say 'no,' " Epstein said. "He said 'No, not now. I'm not going to go to Atlanta before I see about L.A.' And Atlanta, very reasonably, didn't want to wait around and risk not getting a pitcher."
"I think it's really hard to criticize Ryan. I think it's unfortunate. But he certainly wasn't blindsided because we had been telling him for days that Atlanta was a very likely destination and we were going to have to make a final decision."
As defined by Rookie of the Year eligibility, there were 43 prospects traded in the month of July. The Chicago Cubs acquired five of them, and now Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus and ESPN has ranked all 43 of those prospects. So, where do the five new Cubs fall?
The MLB trade deadline is one of the most furiously covered events in the sport, but the funny thing is that it isn't actually the hard deadline for when players can move between teams. After July 31, players can only be traded if they clear waivers first, and there are various players in the majors who would almost certainly pass through waivers without being claimed.
Chance of being dealt: 25%
Here is his assessment of Garza:
The challenge will be getting Garza through waivers, which seems unlikely, so Jed Hoyer will be left to work out a deal with whatever team claims him. It could happen; as we saw at the deadline, the Cubs aren't kidding about their rebuilding effort, as they made three deals turning four major leaguers into five prospects.
After a two-month sage that included a trade to the Atlanta Braves that never was, Chicago Cubs veteran SP Ryan Dempster has been traded to the Texas Rangers. According to multiple sources, the Texas Rangers will be sending the Cubs a pair of prospects from Class-A, 3B Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks:
Correction: One of players going to— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2012
#Cubs is a pitcher, one a position player. Both at Class A.
Villaneuva, 21, has a strong .285/.356/.421 slash with 10 homers through 425 PA in High-A and was rated the No. 10 Rangers prospect -- in a deep Rangers farm system -- heading into the 2012 season.
The Chicago Cubs traded Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday afternoon -- just moments before the 3:00 p.m. CDT trade deadline -- in a multi-player deal, according to a report by Buster Olney of ESPN:
Rangers land Ryan Dempster— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 31, 2012
The 35-year-old veteran pitcher was enjoying a career year with the Cubs. He produced a 2.25 ERA and 3.40 FIP over 104 innings with the Cubs in 2012, but was on the block because Chicago dropped out of the playoff picture very early in the season.
Dempster is in the final year of his current contract and was almost dealt to the Atlanta Braves earlier in July, but his 10-and-5 no-trade rights came into play and that deal fell through. Los Angeles was believed to be Dempster's preferred landing spot all along.
The latest news on Chicago Cubs SP Ryan Dempster is that the veteran pitcher has added the Texas Rangers to his list of accepted teams, which already includes the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees:
Dempster told me he has expanded his list to Yanks and Texas as well as Dodgers.— Bruce Levine (@ESPNBruceLevine) July 31, 2012
Meanwhile, the rumors concerning LF Alfonso Soriano are anything but consistent:
The— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 31, 2012
#Cubs say that Alfonso Soriano likely staying put, but things could change in August when he clears waivers.
I just spoke with a solid source who told me that Tigers and Cubs are hard at work on Alfonso Soriano. Not sure they can make money work.— David Kaplan (@thekapman) July 31, 2012
Soriano, 36, is having a late-career resurgence with the Cubs, hitting 19 homers with a .274/.324/.504 slash. But, despite his decent production, he is still owed $36 million in the next two seasons -- far more money than his production would justify, meaning the Cubs will likely kick in money to make the deal more palatable.
But, as Joel Sherman of the NY Post indicates, the trade would require a lot of quick work -- and it might be just smoke and mirrors:
The Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks were rumored to be in discussions that would send CF Justin Upton to Chicago for SP Matt Garza. But, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Garza-Upton rumor has no foundation:
Justin Upton is not involved in trade negotiations with Matt Garza— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 31, 2012
Upton has been a recurring fixture of trade rumors in the 2012 season, but the recent rumors mark the first time the Chicago Cubs have been cited as a possible trade partner. The Diamondbacks currently sport a 52-51 record, just 3.5 games back from the NL West division lead and may be looking for an impact pitcher to help push them towards the 2012 playoffs.
The Cubs, meanwhile, have begun selling off players in an effort to build for the 2013 season and later as they currently sit 17.5 games back from first in the NL Central.
Diamondbacks working hard on something big, and a Garza/Upton framework makes sense for both Cubs and Diamondbacks.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 31, 2012
Upton, 24, has three years remaining on his current contract with the Diamondback, is owed around $40 million from 2013 through 2015. He has performed well through his first six seasons in the MLB, hitting 99 homers with 74 steals and 16.5 wins above replacement.
Garza, 28, currently has a $9.5 million salary with the Cubs and will be a free agent following the 2014 season. He has pitched over 1000 innings in his career spread across three franchises and sports 15.9 wins above replacement on his career.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers completed a trade which sends former all-star catcher Geovany Soto to Texas in exhange for 24-year old right-handed pitcher Jacob Brigham, along with a player to be named later or cash considerations. The addition of either a player to be named later or cash considerations could mean many different things, and Brett Taylor of Bleacher Nation did an excellent job of breaking down the issue:
It's possible that both the PTBNL and the cash considerations coming to the Cubs are tied to how many games Geovany Soto starts for the Rangers over the rest of this season (i.e., the Rangers may have told the Cubs they were trading for a back-up for Mike Napoli (less value), but the Cubs might want protection if the Rangers are actually picking themselves up a starters, so they can re-allocate Napoli (more value)).
Alternatively/additionally, the Cubs could simply have built themselves a hedge that, if the PTBNL(s) they're looking at doesn't perform well over the next month or two, the Cubs can just get some cash back.
Brigham is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound pitcher that was drafted in the sixth round by the Rangers in the 2006 MLB Draft as a high school player out of Florida. He is considered a back end of the rotation type prospect.
The Chicago Cubs are working hard to deal pitchers Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster prior to the MLB non-waiver trade deadline, but suitors willing to part with young pitching prospects have been hard to come by recently. Garza suffered a drop in his trade stock earlier in the week due to fluid buildup in his right triceps, but after a solid bullpen session on Monday teams are starting to ask about him again.
The Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds have all been linked to Garza in trade rumors, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted on Tuesday morning that a deal with the Rangers has become "unlikely."
excellent— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2012
#reds team looking to bulk up rotation and/or pen. garza believed 1 in mix.
With a lot to do and very little time remaining to make it all happen, Tuesday should be a busy day for the Cubs' front office.
Early on Tuesday morning -- the day where the non-waiver trade deadline will pass -- David Kaplan of CSN-Chicago posted reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees are the leading suitors for Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster. Shortly after Kaplan claimed the "New York Yankees have stepped up their pursuit over the last 48 hours," Jason Stark of ESPN tweeted a message that cast doubt on that assertion.
Here is what Stark had to say:
The Yankees telling teams they aren't in on a Dempster trade is still different than not actually being in trade talks (this is smoke screen season, after all), but it does appear the market is shrinking as the deadline approaches. In other news, the Dodgers are reportedly close to acquiring outfielder Shane Victorino, which would all but eliminate the possibility of a package deal for Alfonso Soriano and Dempster.
The Chicago Cubs really started wheeling and dealing on Monday night, but as of Tuesday morning veteran pitchers Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza are still on the roster and more big moves could be coming before the non-waiver trade deadline passes. To recap Monday's moves, the Cubs sent pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for pitchers Jaye Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino, and they also traded catcher Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers for 24-year old right-handed pitcher Jacob Brigham.
David Kaplan of CSN-Chicago posted his intel on Tuesday morning for what might be next regarding Dempster, and it appears the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees are the leading suitors for the 35-year-old hurler. Here is what Kaplan's sources had to say:
"Texas is serious about adding a starter and Dempster isn't as expensive to trade for as Garza would be, but after finishing as runners-up in the last two World Series and seeing the Angels add Zach Greinke, Texas management has decided to make a run at adding pitching, a baseball source told me. "However, with three teams seriously involved, it won't be cheap to acquire him even though it is potentially a three-month rental."
"Dempster has made it clear to Cubs management that he would like to play in Los Angeles but he also understands that Epstein and Hoyer have a job to do and he will not stand in their way if it means that the best deal is somewhere else," a source with knowledge of the discussions told me this morning.
With only hours left until the non-waiver trade deadline passes, the Cubs may take trade talks down to the wire to get the best deal.
On Monday night, the Chicago Cubs sent pitcher Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to the Atlanta Braves. Now we know what the Cubs are getting in return for the two veterans. Chicago will receive pitchers Jaye Chapman and Arodys Vizcaino.
Chapman is a 25-year old right handed pitcher with a 3.52 ERA for Triple-A Gwinnett. He is 3-6 this season with 60 strikeouts over 53.1 innings. He is considered to be a back-end of the bullpen arm. According to Jerry Crasnick, he throws in the low 90s and has an above average changeup.
Vizcaino, the other player the sent back to Chicago, is a 21-year old who had missed the entire season after having Tommy John Surgery in spring training.
Catcher Geovany Soto isn't the only member of the Chicago Cubs who was sent packing on Monday night. According to a report, the Cubs have reached an agreement sending starter Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to the Atlanta Braves.
Maholm, a 30-year old left-handed pitcher, has been one of the Cubs' most dependable starters this season. He will leave the North Side with a 9-6 record, 3.74 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.
Johnson, a 35-year old utility outifielder, was batting .302 with .355 on-base percentage and three home runs for Chicago in 169 at-bats this season.
The Cubs and Braves were previously reported to reach a deal sending starter Ryan Dempster to Atlanta for highly touted pitcher Randall Delgado. According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Cubs will not be getting back Delgado in the trade for Maholm and Johnson.
The Chicago Cubs have made it clear they're ready to wheel-and-deal, but it isn't starter Ryan Dempster who is headed out of town as of Monday night. Instead, the Cubs have traded catcher Geovany Soto to the Texas Rangers for 24-year old right-handed pitcher Jacob Brigham, according to a report.
Soto Soto is hitting just .195/.278/.345 this season with six homers and 14 RBI. The catcher enjoyed a breakout season in 2008 when he hit .285/.364/.504 with 23 homers and 86 RBI.
Brigham was drafted in the sixth round by the Rangers in the 2006 MLB Draft as a high school player out of Florida. He is 6-foot-3, 210 lbs.
Soto was seen hugging teammates during the Cubs' win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, prompting speculation that he had been traded.
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