Happy Trade Deadline Day

TheJedi have already knocked out a number of trades earlier in the month, that today shouldn't bring too much excitement, but there's still a few pieces left on the trading block. One is Nate Schierholtz whom Jayson Stark reiterates is the most likely Cub to be dealt today. The Pirates and Rangers seem like the most likely spots at the moment.

Heyman says Jeff Samardzija won't be moved right now, but the Cubs will pursue a trade or an extension this offseason.

Bruce Levine said the Cubs nearly had a deal in place to move James Russell to the Braves last week.

Twitter was a buzz with talk that the Diamondbacks wanted to shed some salary to fit Jake Peavy into their budget and were willing to move Ian Kennedy to get it done. The Cubs, Angels and Padres were all rumored destinations. Not sure if the DBacks still are eager to move Kennedy with Peavy going to the Red Sox, although they could still be in on other pitchers including Bud Norris.

And don't forget this is just the non-waiver deadline, teams can continue to make moves through August 31st to acquire players eligible for their playoff rosters.

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So, does Gregg get shipped out of town on waivers in August, or has he doomed himself to Cubdom for the remainder of 2013? And what could Navarro do to make any team want him? Not like he could hit much better.

Jim Duquette shitting all over Schierholtz, calls him a 4th OF. Prefers DeJesus for his versatility.

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In reply to by Newport

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I. Kennedy to Padres for LHP Joe Thatcher, AA prospect Matt Stites and compensatory draft pick between 2nd and 3rd round.

The San Diego Padres were the first MLB club to trade a 2014 Competitive Balance Draft pick, and the Cubs might be able to acquire one in a deal with the Pirates (for Schierholtz) or Rockies (for Gregg).

Here are the Rule 4 Draft Competitive Balance picks for 2014:

COMP GROUP "A" (picks between 1st & 2nd rounds):
1. COL
2. BAL
3. CLE
4. MIA
5. KC 
6. MIL

COMP GROUP "B" (picks between 2nd & 3rd rounds) 
1. SD (traded to AZ for Ian Kennedy)
2. AZ
3. STL
4. TB
5. PIT
6. SEA

Once a Competitive Balance pick is traded it cannot be flipped to a third team, so the SD "B" pick that was traded to AZ in the Ian Kennedy deal cannot be traded again.

 

Witty says Navarro is in play for the Cards because of knee injury to Molina. Maybe some international cap space if they have any left.

RHP Matt Stites (the minor league pitcher going from SD to AZ) was a Cubs draft pick (33rd round) out of a Missouri JC in 2010, but did not sign.

Orioles are sending LJ Hoes and Josh Hader and their comp pick in 2004 for RHP Bud Norris

no deals for Cubs...

Schierholtz, Navarro, Gregg, DeJesus would all likely be claimed, limiting Cubs options

also no more cap space acquired and Eloy signing expected to be official tomorrow (could change).

could change, but only 4 deals today

Bud Norris and int'l cap space to O's for 2 prospects and a comp pick

Ian Kennedy to Padres for Thatcher, prospect Max Stites and comp pick

Drew Butera to Dodgers for PTBNL

Justin Maxwell to Royals for prospect Kyle Smith ho-hum.

Booooooooooooooo! Boring. Sigh. Worst trade deadline I've ever ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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In reply to by crunch

Um they are spending a lot of money on the team at all levels, just not on free agents right now, especially considering how leveraged the sale was. And have you noticed the team salaries of the teams on top? Throwing money at the problem isn't a solution in today's free agent market The "not spending money on the team" thing is bogus. I can't stand Rickets as a person but he is doing right by this team money wise.

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In reply to by Rob G.

now we just need to get rid of that stupid rule where if you spend money you can't win games. i understand that if the cubs spend $25-$35m more they have to start the season 0-10 by default...and that's not fair at all. this either/or for winning/rebuilding needs to be looked at in the next owner's meeting. still, at least the cubs have the #27 ticket price in baseball rather than the #3 ticket price in all of baseball. it would help if they could get out of wrigley+chicago and relocate the team to somewhere in nebraska, too.

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In reply to by crunch

It's nice of you to be so free with $25 million of Rickets money on top of the leveraged buying of the team, building new minor league/training facilities, hiring new people, rebuilding Wrigley, getting lots of potentially good international players and the $105 million payroll (does that include the new Rizzo contract?), all of which will help us for years to come. Clearly instead of turning this team into an actual professional organization at all levels they should have spent money on overpriced FAs to help them win a few more games in the short term. Tell me, with this additional $25 million you say Rickets can spend, who would they have gotten to help them win the World Series? Because I don't care how many games they win if it doesn't include the World Series.

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In reply to by johann

given that the cubs could spend $130m next year and nearly double the payroll from where it current stands to sit this offseason it could be glorious...and they'd still turn a profit. besides, after 2014 they get to bend WGN over a table (if they don't get it done earlier) over their TV contract that expires. i'm stoked and all about j.baez's .220/.280 avg/ob% and his homers and all, but i'm not waiting on him and k.bryant to give the team a reason to compete. soooo many teams have proven, especially the past few years, that signing a guy doesn't mean you're not going to get something in return if you want "out"...from MIA/TOR to BOS/LAA to CWS with peavy just yesterday...actual prospects, not just filler.

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In reply to by QuietMan

i think it's safe to say they're going to cash in well more than the $20m a year they're getting now...$80-$100+ million isn't out of the question. they're not selling a full suite of games (since they have their games packaged around multiple contracts and the WGN one is 70 games), but delivering 3+ hours of programming for a network that people tend to actually watch live (rather than TIVO/etc) is a growing valued market.

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Codi Heuer 
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Caleb Kilian 
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Ethan Roberts 
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Michael Rucker
Adrian Sampson
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Marcus Stroman
Keegan Thompson
Erich Uelmen 
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Rowan Wick

CATCHERS: 3 
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P. J. Higgins 

INFIELDERS: 7
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* Miles Mastrobuoni
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Christopher Morel
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Patrick Wisdom

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Alexander Canario
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
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