Cubs Trade Mark DeRosa
Bruce Levine of ESPN1000 is reporting that the Cubs have traded Mark DeRosa and the $5.5M on his contract for 2009 to the Cleveland Indians for three minor-leaguers, RHP Jeff Stevens, LHP John Gaub and RHP Chris Archer.
You have to think a trade, let's say for a certain pitcher from San Diego whom I dare not speak his name, is possibly forthcoming.
I'll try and get some info on the prospects in a bit.
UPDATE #1: Link from espn.com, although I think they have a typo on John "Caub".
UPDATE #2: I poked around a bit and none of the three prospects showed up on Baseball America's recent top 10 Indians' prospect list or John Sickels Top 20. In other words, this deal only makes sense if they're all headed to another city, let's call it San Diego, to give them the quantity of pitchers and players that they wanted in that trade for that certain pitcher, whom we'll refer to as J.P.
Scouting reports and biographies that I could piece together on the prospects after the jump....
Jeff Stevens was drafted in the 6th round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2005 out of Loyola Marymount University. A year later he was traded to the Indians as part of the Brandon Phillips trade. He pitched for Team USA in the 2008 Olympics as well. He features a 92-93 mph fastball that can get up to 95mph, an above-average curve and has been working on a slider. He spent most of the 2008 season closing for the Indians Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo. The 25-year old is certainly the best of the three players the Cubs are getting back.
23-year old John Gaub was a 21st round selection by the Indians in 2006 out of the University of Minnesota and had an incredible 14.06 K/9 rate in A-ball last year, even if he was a bit old for the league. He was considered a flamethrower in college, but had his shoulder scoped after his sophomore year which in turn resulted in a loss in velocity. He seems to be getting it back up to the mid 90's on occasion but usually settles in the low 90's with a decent slider and a change-up as well.
20-year old Chris Archer was a teammate of John Gaub at Lake County last season and although he had a healthy 8.27 K/9 rate last season, he walked an incredible 84 batters in 115.1 IP. The 5th-round pick out of high school in 2006 throws in the low 90's with a "plus slider" and scouts think he has the frame to build on that velocity.
Charlie 7 hours 16 min ago (view)
He didn't walk anybody! Woohoo!
crunch 7 hours 49 min ago (view)
phew...wow. cubs win.
Eric S 7 hours 58 min ago (view)
Hopefully Ryan is more 88-87 tonite instead of 86-85
crunch 8 hours 30 sec ago (view)
wow, kimbrel out with 1 out, men on 2nd/3rd.
0.1 ip 2h 0bb 1k
k.ryan coming in.
Wrigley Rat 8 hours 23 min ago (view)
So MLB has changed the rules again. Instead of going from 30 to 28 to 26 players this year, teams will only go from 30 to 28 this Thursday and stay at 28 through the post-season.
Thinking about the Cubs potential moves, I would imagine that Jose Quintana and Brad Weick will be added at some point before the post-season and Rex Brothers, Colin Rea, Justin Steele, and one of Josh Phegley or Daniel Winkler would be sent down to South Bend (or released).
crunch 8 hours 25 min ago (view)
jeffress used in the 8th...easy one for him. looks like kimbrell is still the 9th inning guy.
crunch 9 hours 28 min ago (view)
he's done nothing extordinary out there, but he's looked a lot more comfortable out there this year.
he was especially bad at anything near the line the last few seasons, not making the play or getting over there so late somewhat ordinary popouts looked like great effort. small sample size and all, but it looks like he has a bit more of a clue. if he can be at least average-ish out there, his arm gives him a nice plus on top of it.
Childersb3 10 hours 2 min ago (view)
Anyone else think Souza isn't any better than Almora?
Should Souza's PAs go to Almora?
Eric S 10 hours 4 min ago (view)
Schwarbs looks more comfortable defensively in left field than Souza
Eric S 10 hours 8 min ago (view)
JHey joins the HR crowd - woot woot!!!
Eric S 10 hours 22 min ago (view)
Ideally would prefer Hendricks not pitch right after Mills given their similar profiles
crunch 11 hours 6 min ago (view)
bryant / rizzo / baez / schwarber(DH) / contreras / heyward / souza(LF) / kipnis / happ
Eric S 11 hours 34 min ago (view)
Nick Castellanos with HR number 6 tonight against the Indians. He's just killing it to start the season
crunch 13 hours 55 min ago (view)
i haven't heard anything beyond speculation. i don't even know if it was even addressed in the mlbpa/owners agreement, but i imagine it is in some way.
Sonicwind75 14 hours 21 sec ago (view)
Has there been any indication on how much effort will be made to make up the games lost to a team Covid shutdown?
crunch 14 hours 5 min ago (view)
cubs gave d.bote a highlight reel tweet from his 3 notable plays last night.