Not yet...

Although I suppose they were as close as they could be yesterday, exchanging medical information on players and something turned up on one of the Rangers pitchers that caused the Cubs to squeeze the brakes. Names have been flying around, but Neil Ramirez, C.J. Edwards and Mike Olt seem to be the hottest names of late. Jeff Passan says the Rangers also showed interest in James Russell, although no one knows if he was part of what sounded like a 6-player deal...although once again, no one knows for sure.

Rumors be the teams will continue today to try and find a fit and that nothing in Garza's medical dossier caused a panic for the Rangers.


Indians beat reporter:

Matt Loede‏@Loede923TheFan
Source tells me that if Rangers can't get Garza done by tonight with Cubs it's not getting done at all, which could open door for #Indians


Indians not willing to move Chisenhall for Garza

I would rather hear Cubs not willing to move Garza for jizz in balls.

Also, crunch alert. Bedard thru 6, 2-2 tie no hits.

out of the game after 6.1ip...103 pitches.

Brian Roberts shouldn't be the only recent inductee into the Trades That Never Were Hall of Fame.

Jake Peavy is right up there on the list too...

Buster Olney‏@Buster_ESPN
Scouts are going to walk away impressed by Peavy, whose velocity reached the low-90s; two earned runs in six innings, 3 strikeouts, no walks

That's nice Buster. But the GM's also know that he could be on the DL with Kerry Wood-like regularity.

That's nice Buster. But the GM's also know that he could be on the DL with Kerry Wood-like regularity.

Yeah, I don't see Peavy's extra year of control as a good thing. I just threw it up there since he could be viewed as a Garza alternative to some team.

after today's ross wolf start...garza must be looking a little better...or anyone besides ross wolf.

5 hits in a row to start the 5th...awesome.

1-6, 0 outs...men on 1st/2nd.

can the cubs quit using j.borbon as a pinch hitter with men on?

i guess that .175 BA over the past 2.5 months is too awesome to pass up using him with men on...btw, .171 with men on total, .143 with RISP.

...and he pops out to shallow left with men on 1st/2nd.


j.arrieta (AAA)

5ip 6h 2bb 3k, 4er for the loss


all your players belong to the Dodgers


GM:"Word is Dodgers will go five years, close to $50M on (Cuban) Miguel Gonzalez. If so, he'll be a Dodger.:

interesting tweet from Gordon Wittenmeyer...not sure how much tongue and cheek it is (ribbing his competitor beat reporter), particularly with the last hashtag.

Another close call with @PWSullivan in Denver bar. Security intervened before Police needed to keep @PWSullivan off N'Shore Cub fan #douche

KC Cougars beat Lugnuts 6-5 in 10th on a bases loaded single by Dan Vogelbach (after Almora strikeout)

Glad to hear he's still alive. Haven't heard much about Dan this year!

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Astro's double barrel ex-Cub DFA's: Ronny Cedeno and Carlos Pena


Agent says Eloy Jimenez will sign for $2.8M on 8/1 or 8/2 at a press conference in DR. Turned down $5M from another team to stay with

give them some time to hopefully trade for some cap space I guess.

what an arm on that Lake!

Overthrew everyone, but...who cares!

At least he is not playing the infield!

Reminds me of some of AZ Phil's comments about his play -- very toolsy (plus plus arm) and he'll wow you one minute, then leave you shaking your head the next. I remember a young Sammy Sosa being like that. Any coincidence that he chose to wear Sammy's old number? Didn't think so.

Junior Lake requested uniform #22 but Garza is still wearing it. He was assigned #21. He is not the first to have it since Sosa.

(Jason Marquis (2007-08), Milton Bradley (2009), Tyler Colvin (2010-11), Luis Valbuena (2012), Joe Mather (2012), Scott Hairston(2013) and now Junior Lake)


I prefer my personal theories to be unencumbered by inconvenient actual facts, thank you... I was actually under the impression that Junior had requested 21 after reading a Muskat article (dangerous, I know), but I may have read more into it than was there. A glass or two of wine while surfing the 'net can do that to you.

"I prefer my personal theories to be unencumbered by inconvenient actual facts, thank you..."

It's people like you that keep my faith in human kind alive.

Saves the Cubs a few hundred K.

Atlanta Braves‏@Braves
The Braves have selected RHP Kameron Loe from Gwinnett (AAA) and will wear #40. A corresponding move will be announced prior to today's game

Speaking of #22...This time he's being written about in the NY Times:

Then another anterior capsule tear shut him down once more. He has no immediate plans for surgery, just rest, but Louisville parted ways with him June 28.

After Prior’s latest setback, Baker told him he had not been that far from a return to the majors when his shoulder gave out. Several Reds relievers had been injured, creating openings on the roster. If Prior had been healthy, Baker could have recalled him.


Jesse Sanchez tweets...

Agent says Eloy Jimenez will sign for $2.8M on 8/1 or 8/2 at a press conference in DR. Turned down $5M from another team to stay with Cubs.
This gives the Cubs the entire trade deadline to whittle down the spending gap that leads to 2014 draft penalties.

16 years old...never played legit competitive baseball in his life...leaves $2.2m on the table to sign with the cubs...

what the hell is going on there? that just sounds insane. are the cubs buying his parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles new houses or something? =p

Pics and Video of Mr. Cub on stage at Wrigley with Eddie Vedder at the recent Pearl Jam concert



Check out the Rolling Stone review as well. Pretty damn glowing!

Kris Bryant to make pro debut tonight for AZL Cubs.

Bryant went 0-for-3, made 3 errors. Pulled after 5th inning. 

impressive. bob brenly approves.

fwiw, j.gray (who's not near 100 pitch per outing stretched, though he's still starting in R ball)

2g 5.2ip 8h 0bb 5k, 4er (6.35era) 1hbp, 1 balk

Perfect. Certainly the Cub's Way on both accounts.

Bring him up!!

He's already a Cub!!

I see Greg Rohan showed up this weekend with the Arizon Cubs team.
Any idea if he's been hurt, or just not playing this year?

DUSTY: Greg Rohan had back surgery last off-season and has been rehabbing at Fitch Park since Minor League Camp. He is just starting to play in games now.

Ty Ty AzPhil!


How many of the nearly 900 players who signed out of this year’s draft might we expect to see in the majors one day? If recent history is any guide, then that answer is roughly one in six—or, to be precise, 17.2 percent of signed draft picks.

73% of 1st rounders reach the majors (that is play just one game)...about 40% of 1st rounders play at least 3 seasons.


still no btw...

Cool. Seems like the waggle is something that could be worked on fairly easily. No sense giving a pitcher an extra unnecessary advantage.

This is all speculation on my part, but I think they moved him up to AA to expose him. It looks like he had learned to overcome his weaknesses at high-A so they wanted to show him that his approach wouldn't work at higher levels.

Normally this could cause a kid to lose confidence, but I don't think Baez has that issue.


Junior Lake breakdown...

If you told me that Lake will be an All-Star four years from now, I'd believe it. If you told me he would be flailing at breaking pitches in Triple-A four years from now, I'd believe that too.

That seems about right. There does seem to be something about him, one of those intangibles, but the breaking ball is always the nail in a major league career coffin.

Rosenthal says Garza will not start tonight, deal near with Rangers.

Dont make us start him!!!

-Theo dragging Garza to mound

I hear it's for Profar, Olt, and M. Perez.

-edit- Passan says Olt is one of the players..for realz.

Fingers crossed there's a real workaround for Olt's eye! Guessing we'll see him soon, even if he doesn't see us. Ba dum.

Rosenthal: Olt, Edwards, and a third player.

Edwards! Yes!

Source: will acquire Triple A IF Mike Olt, Single A RHP C.J. Edwards and a third player from for Garza.

Give us the Royal Baby Boy, and we'll call it a deal.

Wow, one o-fer and three errors and Bryant already done.



Source: Final deal will be Matt Garza for three players as well as a player to be named later. 3B Mike Olt confirmed as one player.

Heard an interesting thing on 670 the SCORE today in Len Kasper's weekly visit.

HE said that the TheoJed group are remarkably patient and if they don't feel that they are getting the best deal for the Club, they will simply just make a qualifying offer and do this "all again next year".

It seems like this group may at least have a hint at knowing what they are doing? Or - maybe not. I am really curious what they saw in the Ranger's medicals...

So what is the deal with this new collective bargaining thing exactly?

I recall that should they lost the player, they would receive a n extra draft pick based on their record, ala the Pirates not signing Appel this year.

Where is AZ PHIL these days? Trying to stay cool?

[after posting I saw the "Breaking News"]

Additional confirmation:

"Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza was scheduled to pitch tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but that is no longer the case. He's been scratched from the lineup and a trade to the Texas Rangers is close, confirms Jon Heyman."


Evan Grant via Lonestar Ball says third player could be Ramirez or Odor. And that the Cubs may get a PTBNL.

So how long before we actually know all 3 players and its confirmed?

The team really needs an "Odor" around?

every lineup he is in stinks

TR Sullivan says Rangers are getting a 2nd player.


Edit: It says they will "likely try to get a second player," whatever the hell that means.


We have to have a player of two in the minors that they could bring up.

Passan: Third player is Justin Grimm.

Olt, Edwards, and Grimm is a very solid haul.

"Olt, Edwards, and Grimm is a very solid haul."


Cubs also getting a PTBNL

Phil, when can he be brought up?

I have some breaking news...

My first TCR Scoop!! The Cubs and Rangers are nearing a deal for Garza. BANK IT!

So Olt...

Now I gotta find out more about this vision thing since this is actually apparently happening. I would have thought that was the hang up last time, but I guess not. I remember last year we were talking about an Olt for Garza and some of the guys here were really creaming their pants over the possibility.

Anyone know what Grimm's ceiling is? Or what his trouble has been? On name value alone, I like him more than "Tepesch".

ceiling is #3 starter...can reach mid-90's with fastball although sits at 91-92, good curve and change, but doesn't seem to get K's with that stuff. Still just 24 though....

Excitement for Garza trade quickly passed over by schadenfreude for Braun suspension.

new thread up peepz

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  • So many memories from this game -- Javy's HR, Grimm's Ks, Soler's throw, Schwarber's ridiculous bomb, Strop overcoming his demons, Lackey screaming at himself after giving up the hit to Hammel....just awesome stuff.

  • dodgers win...1 more game of pitcher use on the mets and dodgers (degrom + greenkey)

  • maddon is easily one of the best managers out there, that's why he's getting paid huge for someone that doesn't have to rent/own in NYC/LA.

    for the most part there's 2-3-5 of guys on that level, and 25-28 other teams trying to find a guy who's capable. they can also go out of favor rather quickly (m.sciossa recently). last year's NL MOY didn't make it a full year into 2015 before getting fired.

    no matter how one feels about how it could have been done cheaper with less commitment, we only know how this way is working out. it's been awesome so far.

  • Agree. It could not be more perfect that we beat the Cardinals in this ascendant season of all seasons, and in the first postseason series we ever saw them in.

  • I think all we can say is, "Okay, let's go on to the next series and see what happens." And how indescribably awesome is it to be able to say that on this date in this year.

  • Thanks, O&B. So funny about our age. Let's just say- I have always wondered why Durocher didn't give Hundley a few days off when he had Gene Oliver and John Boccabella on the bench.

  • Strop K'ing Peralta to start the 8th, given their history -- what a fantastic moment! And Javy bouncing back -- big time -- form yesterday's games.

    Contributions from literally everyone in this series -- Soler and Schwarber were off the charts -- Miggy's pick-off was awesome.

    This team is just so much damn fun.

  • Wish I knew how to post a pic. Both CUBSTER & I in attendance. I finally feel like some demons have been vanquished, and there is some magic here.

    Joe Maddon is far and away the best manager I have seen work for my team.

  • pretty much this. also, a magician.

  • Madden brought it in some lions and sharks to Wrigley Field and let them eat people

  • What did I miss?

  • I think Strop deserves a very special mention. He had so many struggles against the Cardinals but pitched two successful and very high pressure innings the last two games against them and looked nasty doing so.

  • How about this, the Cubs are 10-1 over the last 3 weeks.

  • I was thinking about it earlier that the Cubs are 101-66 and the Cards 101-65...but, does anyone outside of the two of us ever calculate records including post season? Don't think I've seen that ever before.

  • With today's victory,  the Cubs are just 1/2 game behind (0.5 GB) the Cardinals for the best record in MLB in 2015. 

    If they win the LCS and the World Series and go no worse than 8-4 in the process, the Cubs will be World Champions AND they will have the best record in MLB in 2015 (CUBS 109-70 .6089 versus STL 101-65 .6084). 

  • Well, I can say this...Cardinals fans certainly hate the Cubs right now...about as much as Pirates fans.

    Our bullpen was friggin brilliant this series...even if their ERA doesn't look good.