We Shall Rumor On...

- Ricky Nolasco got shelled versus the Padres last night, one of the teams rumored to be in on him in trade talks...whether that will stunt his value or not remains to be seen, but it certainly didn't help it in any way.  After Garza got himself injured before the Cubs could deal him last season, you kind of hope a deal could be had before Garza's next start on Wednesday versus the A's.

- Buster says the Dbacks and Cubs did talk Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs asked for Archie Bradley and/or Tyler Skaggs and then the talking was done. I presume it must have been both, as he then tweets that the "perception" is that the DBacks would move Tyler Skaggs in the right deal.

- The Cubs were among many teams scouting Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez...rumors be it'll cost upwards of 4/40M (or more) to sign the 26-year old Cuban lefty. The Red Sox and Dodgers seem to be the main competition.

- Speaking of international signings, Baseball America has been big on suggesting the Cubs will look to add some international pool money in some of these trades. Theo said it's something that could happen, but the Cubs' international signing "plan" doesn't require it.

- Nick Cafardo says 3 teams are showing interest in Carlos Marmol. There's always the possibility the Cubs may get someone else's cast off while still paying Marmol the rest of his salary minus the pro-rated version of the minimum.

- Last and certainly least, the Giants are looking for a RH outfield bat...someone like Alfonso Soriano circa 2012.



Jon [email protected]
#orioles are interested in garza now after being lukewarm earlier, but so far they believe price is 2 high. #cubs

Orioles not interested in including anything of real value. So no surprise.

price might be too high, but they have little to offer past Gausman or Bundy to be honest....maybe Eduardo Rodriguez.

I think the O's are nuts to not take Garza and, say, Russell for Bundy, another decent prospect (maybe Josh Hader, maybe someone a little lower) and a few mid-level prospects. Bundy is now undergoing TJ surgery, there is never a guarantee he will be the same.

Personally if the Cubs could deal Garza, one (or more if needed) of Feldman/Wood/Gregg, Samardzija and Russell and end up with Bundy and Bradley (assuming AZ backed out because we asked for both), the upside would be amazing. Obviously teams don't give up Bundy and Bradley easily, but Samardzija is relatively young and performing well (and has some club control) relative to normal prospects traded and Bundy is undergoing TJ surgery. I don't actually think this is impossible and, if it were possible, our potential upside if Bradley hits his potential and Vizcaino and Bundy came back at full strength from surgery would be a mighty top 3 staff.

F the O's. Garza is a difference-maker and needs to go to a team that has actual prospects to trade back - someone like Texas, Arizona, Tampa, Boston, San Diego.

I'm still waiting for that Brian Roberts deal to get wrapped up

Not sure the Cubs should make that trade. Pie is going to be a star!

The Orioles are shopping for Garza with a Shawn Camp budget.

I still hate Saturday blackouts. I'm still happy this is the last season for Saturday blackouts.

O's/Yankees here in Los Angeles...refuse to cutaway despite the blowout...fun times.

Anyone know why Sweeney came out?

Sounds like he hit the wall making a catch. Cubs CF is a dangerous job.

Didn't look too bad.

per Roto...

Ryan Sweeney left Saturday's game against the Mariners with rib soreness.
Sweeney hurt his ribs when he crashed into the outfield wall in the third inning of Saturday's game. The Cubs say he's day-to-day, so it likely won't require a DL stint.

It really didn't look that rough.

Video for those who missed it: http://wapc.mlb.com/chc/play/?content_id=28461725&...

The Giants are looking around for a RHed hitting outfielder.
when I first read the above I thought it meant red-headed hitting outfielder and immediately thought...
Matt Murton is available.

if DFA's Marmol for Francoeur happens, Jedstein will be criticized for collecting OFs. Collect em all!

Bogey throws out the ancient Mariner at the plate. On to the 9th.

never say never and since Francouer was DFA'd, it wouldn't cost anything...but Royals pen seems pretty solid, 2nd best ERA by relievers.

Walk to Hank White? Extra innings. At least they have to bat the pitcher and have no one left on the bench. What could go wrong?

Blake Parker for closer!!!

I dunno who the Fox color guy but he kept reaming Parker for not going after the hitters more. "Throw the fastball, throw the fastball!!!"

Hey, maybe Soriano is playing his way into tradeable. Nice work.

A short section on Rizzo's bad luck hitting balls at people later in the story here:


I also feel like his slump started after his contract signing though haven't looked at #s to back it up.

He says all the right stuff but you can't help but feel some added pressure -it's just human nature. I feel pretty confident he'll sort it out. I'm much more concerned about Castro than Rizzo. Having said that, Castro still is young, and his current metamorphosis into Neifi Perez is hopefully just a result of him trying a little too much night life.

Maybe Starlin needs a sitdown with Kane about growing up.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe, Sunday baseball column...Quite a Large Cub related portion:


Epstein has the pieces to make things happen

Theo Epstein’s Cubs may be in the best position to make deals at the deadline, but it appears he is ready to strike with Matt Garza sooner rather than later.

Given the way Garza has pitched lately (two earned runs in his last 22 innings over three starts), it appears he will be dealt well ahead of the deadline, according to major league sources. The Orioles seem to be a very good fit, given that Garza is battle-tested in the AL East.

The Cubs were hoping to trade Garza by spring training, but then he suffered an oblique injury and couldn’t start the season on time. He had to go through rehab starts, and then go out and show he was healthy.

He’s shown that, and it might behoove the Cubs to deal him before there’s another setback.

One NL GM said, “There’s a lot of competition for him. I think Theo is getting inundated with calls for him, so he’s probably the hot name.”

Garza should bring the Cubs three players, including two top prospects.

Besides Garza, there’s been a lot of interest in Nate Schierholtz, who entered Saturday with a .284 average, 11 homers, 33 RBIs, and 19 doubles. Schierholtz also has played an excellent outfield. The Cubs signed Schierholtz to a one-year, $2.25 million deal last offseason, and it appears the flip price is going to work in their favor.

The Cubs also have veteran righthander Scott Feldman, whom they also plan to trade after signing him to a one-year, $6 million deal. Feldman is 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA. Look for the Orioles to be a bidder for his services. And there’s always Alfonso Soriano and David DeJesus, and out of the bullpen, Kevin Gregg and James Russell.

You don’t hear much about Soriano anymore, but he’s in the mix if someone wants him. The Cubs are hoping to get pitching prospects in these deals. While they appear to be set for good positional players in the minors, they lack pitching depth, and that’s where Epstein would like to score a bonanza with his veteran players.

Apropos of nothing

1. Ryan Sweeney has hit four homers for the Cubs.

Update on 9

2. Carlos Marmol, RHP, Cubs — The Cubs had received a few nibbles on Marmol after designating him for assignment. According to one National League GM, “A change of scenery would do him good. He was being booed quite a bit in Chicago and he had to get out of that environment. He still has very good shutdown stuff that could play well in another environment.”


Ryan Dempster since moving to the AL in 28 starts

12-11 4.54 ERA, 9.0 K/9, 3.78 BB/9, 1.31 HR/9

R.Sweeney fractured ribs...15 day DL...expected out 4-8 weeks.

borbon and bogus manning CF until dejesus/sweeney gets back...wonder who's gonna get called up...probably sappy.

Brittle bone disease.

Where is contract status info being stored now? I'm having trouble finding a link above...

Navarro is DH today. Any idea who backup catcher is? I vote for Borbon - maybe we can discover something he's good at.

it's all about doubles today.

cubs up 3-0, top 2nd.

I'm not sure we ever really kept close track of it. Try Cot's contract if it's still free.

Oh, I was thinking Phil had a list somewhere. Specifically looking for years left (not some much money owed). Thanks.

this bullpen is dildos.

7-6 game...bottom 8th, 0 outs.

s.camp is still a cub...c.marmol gets DFA'd because some drunk assholes won't quit boo'ing every time they see him.

they just brought on h.rondon to put out this fire with a man on 1st, 1 out...fun times.

wild pitch, walk, popout, groundout...and the cubs escape the 8th.

...and gregg nails down the save.

c.marmol gets DFA'd because some drunk assholes won't quit boo'ing every time they see him.
And that was in the clubhouse.

Shawn Camp. Go DFA Go.

(lyrics by Steve Goodman)

m.bowden's last 6 AAA appearances...

8ip 3h 1bb 9k, 0er

overall... 14.2ip 12h 3bb 21k, 5er

...just saying.

anyone get the sense the White Sox will trade half their team tomorrow? They tend to a commit to a direction pretty quick.

Who want them?
Sale, Crain , Reed & Thornton

Anything with a bat? Keep it

Sale's not going anywhere, Rios will get shipped I'm guessing. Although if DBacks want to give up Bradley and Skaggs, they'd do better with Sale than Samardzija.

From a Sullivan article:

The Cubs figure to keep right fielder Nate Schierholtz, who will be eligible for arbitration in 2014


I'd bet on them rethinking that, if the right offer came along.

Always good for a non-contending team to hang onto a player having the best year of his career whose performance never indicated he will ever have these numbers or trade value ever again because he is eligible for arbitration next year.

Perhaps Sully got this from a source and is trying to justify it, but truly this makes no sense to me. If someone is willing to pay decent value for Schierholtz, I would hope that his arbitration in 2014 would not be a factor, at any level, as to whether we keep him or trade him; I would much rather see a decent prospect we get for Nate (perhaps a set-up man to fill Camp's role) and Brett Jackson/Junior Lake/anyone else playing Nate's OF role in August than Schierholtz putting up a fine season to drive the Cubs into a strong 4th place finish.

Wait, are you trying to say that Todd Hollandsworth did not repeat his .939 OPS 2004 season in 2005?!?!? WHAAAAT?!?!?

That being said, I like Schierholtz. He won't repeat this performance next year, but he seems to play decent baseball without doing anything stupid on a daily basis. In other words, he feels like anti-Cubbery, and he is cheap, and it might be good to have that around next year as the Cubs continue to develop some of these young guys.

But if they trade him and get something, I have no problem with that either.

I just assume that it's all posturing to try to get the most value they can for him.

I'd consider Sullivan's body of work in evaluating his evaluation. Schierholtz seems like a great guy for a contending team to have around. He's the type of guy who might be one of those unknown playoff heroes that seems to pop up every year. If I had a contending team and I needed an outfielder, I'd definitely roll the dice on this guy.

Chris [email protected]
Hearing from #Cubs source that they are talking to two teams about Carlos Marmol, trying to get a deal done.

Cubs pay all of Marmol's contract and get Internation Free Agent cap space in return?

Q-MAN: Yes. The Cubs could trade Carlos Marmol for another club's ISBP Signing Bonus Value (SBV) and agree to pay all of Marmol's remaining salary as part of the deal. 

An SBV can only be traded for a player or players. It cannot be sold or exchanged for cash or other considerations. However, cash can be exchanged if it is used to offset the salary or salaries of players acquired in return for the SBV.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the first day that a 2013-14 SBV can be traded because July 2nd is the beginning of the new International Signing Period, and an SBV can be traded only during the International Signing Period (July 2nd through June 15th of the following season) to which it has been assigned. 

BTW, the 2013-14 International Signing Period is the first one where SBVs can be traded, which is why there have not been any trades involving ISBP SBVs yet. 

Remember, when a club acquires an ISBP SBV and increases its ISBP for that Intenational Signing Period, it only acquires the right to spend that money (the value of the SBV) without penalty, not the money itself. 

Thanks Phil. I hope you're doing okay in all the heat down there.

Heyman saying the same thing as the kid reporter's tweet.

Jon [email protected]
heard there are "three or four" teams showing some interest in carlos marmol. actually wasn't terrible in non-closer role

Q-MAN: The biggest obstacle in trading Carlos Marmol is that he has a limited NTC that allows him to name (in advance) five MLB clubs to which he will accept a trade. So even if the Cubs find a trading partner, that club would have to either be one of the clubs to which he will accept a trade, or he would have to waive his NTC.

And there really is no reason for Marmol to waive the NTC, because having been Designated for Assignment, he knows (as a player with at least five years of MLB Service Time) that he can't be sent to the minors without giving his permission in advance (so outrighting him and hoping he will elect free-agency and give up what remains of his contract isn't an option), which means either he gets traded or he gets released (and if he is released, the Cubs are on the hook for what remains of his 2013 salary minus the prorated portion of the MLB minimum salary if and when he signs with a new club).

Also, if he gets released he can take his time and shop around and then eventualy choose which team to sign with (instead of the Cubs making the decision for him), and maybe even score a 2014 contract (not very likely but still theoretically possible) as part of the deal.  

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  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 10 hours 47 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 13 hours 45 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 13 hours 57 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 14 hours 6 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 14 hours 11 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 14 hours 30 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 15 hours 6 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 15 hours 23 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 15 hours 25 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 15 hours 43 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 15 hours 50 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 16 hours 46 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 17 hours 4 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 17 hours 8 min ago view