Come on Down Soriano, You're the Next Cub to Be Traded
The N.Y. Post is reporting that the Yankees and Cubs are close to deal that will send Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees for a mid-level prospect. The Cubs owe a little over $6M for the rest of 2013 on Soriano's deal and then $18 million next year and the Cubs will pay the bulk of it, and whatever the Yankees are contributing will be for this year as the Yanks are trying to avoid luxury tax hell next season. Soriano still has to approve the deal, but it seems unlikely he'll reject a chance to go to his first organization and play alongside Jeter and Mo' once again...presuming this is all true.
As for the prospect, no one knows yet but here's a top 20 list from the preseason. Manny Banuelos was a 5-star prospect heading into 2012 before Tommy John surgery, so maybe the Cubs can take a shot at the upside there. Dellin Betances was well up there as well before 2012 or maybe the Cubs see something in catcher Austin Romine, who was once a top 100 prospect. More likely, it's someone not on any of this lists with far less upside...we shall wait and see.
Arizona Phil 4 hours 45 min ago (view)
Greg Deichmann will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2024 (if needed).
Mornington Crescent 5 hours 6 min ago (view)
Baez made that a fun ending to the game.
Wrigley Rat 5 hours 27 min ago (view)
The A’s have made their first upgrade of deadline season, acquiring veteran left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin from the Cubs in exchange for minor league outfielder Greg Deichmann and minor league right-hander Daniel Palencia, per a club announcement.
crunch 7 hours 38 min ago (view)
A's/chafin is supposedly happening (pending physicals).
no word on return yet.
Wrigley Rat 11 hours 3 min ago (view)
BA just updated their TOP 100 Prospect List with this year's draft picks and moved players around based on their performance so far this year. Brennen Davis moves up from 62 to 31. Brailyn Marquez is off the list (hasn't pitched this year), and Miguel Amaya is still off.
crunch 11 hours 13 min ago (view)
m.feinsand on twitter (mlb.com reporter)
Mark Feinsand @Feinsand
Although the Cubs have a number of players up for grabs, don't count on Kyle Hendricks being part of the exodus. The pitcher is "definitely not being shopped" according to a source, and barring an unexpectedly great offer, the Cubs are "not trying to move him."
crunch 13 hours 20 min ago (view)
yup, 1 left.
risky(ish) re-sign given his past performance and low power output vs this single awesome season (leading NL in hits, currently). he's gonna get $10m+ in arb if he keeps up his current pace. average at best glove at 2nd, but he keeps managing to hang out there when people have had him penciled in as an eventual full-time OF'r for years.
Sonicwind75 13 hours 31 min ago (view)
Doesn't Frazier have an add'l year of control left? Regardless, still don't understand the light return for Darvish plus Caratini.
crunch 13 hours 43 min ago (view)
one of the many "best" things about that quote from our dear leaders was it happened the same week as Ricketts-family-led Marquee Raine Acquisition Corp had a $375,000,000 IPO in order to fund their "as of yet undertermined" entry into owning a sports betting company. they were looking for $325,000,000 so hey, good for them for getting that extra $50m.
Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 56 min ago (view)
crunch 14 hours 57 min ago (view)
not gonna lie...looking at what PIT got from SD for 2 months (and playoffs) of a.fraizer vs what the cubs got for years of a cheap ace...feeling a bit ripped off again.
they got their #5 club prospect and a couple other good pieces (though 1 is just a relief pitcher).
Cubster 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
This day in Cubs history...
and before that, there was Tuffy Rhodes...
crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
few days old "news" but it seems the allegations against starlin castro (domestic abuse) are serious enough that WAS doesn't expect him to rejoin the team at all this season...not because of legal issues, but because they may want to wash their hands of him.
his entire MLB career might be over at this point. 31 years old and not having a bad season for a middle IF'r (especially the last couple weeks before being put on leave).
crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
good job dbacks social media team.
crunch 2 days 12 hours ago (view)
rain delaying this game is like extra innings in spring training...my god, just call it...mercy, please.
crunch 2 days 13 hours ago (view)
a.chafin not helping his trade value today.