The Chicago Cubs are going to be busy between now and July 31st

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by joelapinski on Monday 24 June 2013 at 2:25 pm

The Chicago Cubs are tied for last place with the Brewers in the N.L. Central with a 31-43 (41.9%) record, which has them 15 games behind the Cardinals.  The Cubs aren’t going to make the playoffs this year, so they are going to be busy making deals to help them in the future starting soon.  The prime time chip for the Cubs is starting pitcher Matt Garza.  He is going to attract a lot of interest and he will bring back a nice return for the Cubs.  Righties Scott Feldman and Carlos Villanueva are also going to interest teams in need of starting pitching.  Relievers Kevin Gregg and Carlos Marmol also are going to be very available next month for teams in need of help late in games.  2B Darwin Barney, LF Alfonso Soriano, CF David DeJesus and RF Nate Schierholtz are likely going to garner a lot of interest in the trade market and the Cubs could get a decent return for any of them.  Luis Valbuena, Scott Hairston, Ryan Sweeney, Dioner Navarro and Cody Ransom are throw in type of players to maximize the return the Cubs would get for one of their prime time trade targets.

The Chicago Cubs are going to be busy dumping players in the next few days

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by chinmusic on Friday 27 July 2012 at 7:36 pm

The Chicago Cubs are hoping to get a nice haul of young prospects in the next couple of days. To do that though, they are going to have to deal a lot of veteran players. The Cubs are not trying to save money, as they are willing to send cash with almost every player they deal in order to get back better prospects. With Matt Garza hurting right now, he’s going to be nearly impossible to deal. Still, Ryan Dempster and Paul Maholm are two solid starting pitchers the Cubs can move. Starting players like Geovany Soto, Bryan LaHair, Darwin Barney and Alfonso Soriano will also likely be dealt by July 31st. Backup players like Jeff Baker and Reed Johnson could net the Cubs a decent prospect each. Carlos Marmol, Shawn Camp and Manny Corpas are all likely to interest some teams. The Cubs need to get a good haul to aid the rebuilding because the future looks a tad bleak right now.

The Chicago Cubs are going to have an epic fire sale in July

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by chinmusic on Saturday 30 June 2012 at 4:06 pm

The Chicago Cubs are going to have an epic fire sale in July. Here is a look at the guys I think are getting dealt and who is likely to be interested in them:

Geovany Soto – Not a lot of teams are looking for catchers. Soto would likely interest the Rays and Nationals. I think the Cubs would get a better deal from the Rays for Soto, as they need him more.

Bryan LaHair – With Bryan LaHair now playing RF, it helps his trade value as he can also handle 1B. He is one of the better lefty swingers likely to be available next month on the trade market. The Marlins, Pirates, Brewers and Dodgers are likely going to be the most interested parties. I like the idea of dealing LaHair to the Marlins for a nice minor league pitching prospect.

Darwin Barney – The Cubs are going to make 2B Darwin Barney available. Not a lot of teams need 2B, with the Tigers and Cardinals having the biggest need. I would think a deal with the Tigers would make perfect sense for both teams.

Jeff Baker – Righty swinging infielder Jeff Baker could garner some decent interest on the trading block. Baker would likely appeal to the Angels, Reds and Nationals. I think the Angels are the best fit for Baker.

Alfonso Soriano – The Cubs are going to have to be willing to eat a lot of Soriano’s contract to move him. They will likely be than willing to do that if they get a decent prospect back. The Orioles, Indians, Marlins, Pirates and Dodgers make the most sense. The Indians or Pirates are likely the teams where Soriano would fit best.

Reed Johnson – Righty swinging reserve outfielder Reed Johnson is going to pique some teams interest in the trade market. Johnson is going to appeal to the Yankees, Orioles, White Sox, Nationals and Reds. I think the Yankees would be the best fit for Johnson.

Matt Garza – Righty starting pitcher Matt Garza is the Cubs’ biggest trade chip by far. He will likely command at least two top notch prospects. The Yankees, Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians, Royals, Rangers and Braves will all likely be after him. The Rangers or Blue Jays have the biggest need and could likely offer a very nice package for Garza.

Ryan Dempster – Righty starting pitcher Ryan Dempster is going to get dealt as soon as he shows he’s healthy. The Yankees, Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians, Royals, Rangers, Dodgers and Braves will all likely be after him. When the dust settles, I see the Dodgers offering the best package for Dempster.

Paul Maholm – Lefty starting pitcher Paul Maholm is going to generate some interest if he keeps pitching well. The Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Indians, Royals and Braves will all likely be interested. The Cubs will move him to the highest bidder, whoever that winds up being.

Carlos Marmol – The Cubs would probably love to move righty reliever (and current closer) Carlos Marmol in a deal. The Cubs might be able to get the Mets and Phillies interested in him. Don’t hold your breath.

Shawn Camp – The Cubs could likely extract a middling prospect from the Mets or Phillies for Camp.

The Cubs are only 27-49 so far this year, which already has them 15 games behind the Reds. This year is a lost cause, so they need to maximize the return for their available assets.

The Chicago Cubs will look a lot different on August 1st

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Tuesday 26 July 2011 at 7:12 am

The Chicago Cubs are going to be dumping players like it’s out of style this week. With the Cubs willing to absorb most, if not all of Alfonso Soriano’s contract, I see him getting dealt this week. Carlos Pena is another one of the really solid trade chips the Cubs have with the Yankees and Pirates likely being the most interested. Marlon Byrd, Kosuke Fukudome and Geovany Soto are other starting players that could be on the move by this coming up Sunday. Blake DeWitt, Jeff Baker and Reed Johnson are reserve players who are wanted by other teams and the Cubs will likely move them if they get a decent prospect in return for them. The most likely pitcher to be dealt this week will be lefty reliever John Grabow. Starters Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Rodrigo Lopez are all available for trade also. Righty reliever Kerry Wood doesn’t want to be traded but the Cubs could get something nice for him. The Cubs need to tear the roster down and rebuild it so that they can get back to winning in the future.

It’s going to get ugly this month for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by chinmusic on Sunday 3 July 2011 at 9:39 pm

It’s been another lost year for the Cubs that will result in at the very least, a mini firesale this month. I think the Cubs will call the Yankees and play poor with them. I think the Cubs will offer Carlos Pena and John Grabow to them for a pittance as long as the Yankees pick up the check. Rookie 2B David Adams, 2B/SS Ramiro Pena and righty reliever Lance Pendleton could be what the return is like if the Yankees are paying Pena and Grabow. The Braves will be looking at outfielder Reed Johnson and the Cubs would likely deal him for rookie lefty starter/reliever Richard Sullivan. Finally, I could see the Rockies having an interest in acquiring both Jeff Baker and Blake DeWitt. The Cubs would likely want something back like rookie 1B Ben Paulson and infielder Jonathan Herrera. The Cubs want to deal many more players than the ones I mentioned but the trade market could be flooded with action this year.

It could be time to blow up this version of the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by chinmusic on Thursday 16 June 2011 at 1:47 pm

With the trade deadline less than a month away, the Cubs could decide to start dealing any time. It appears to be another lost year for the Cubbies due to all of the injuries they have endured this year. I think the Cubs are going to put Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome, Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood on the trading block. On the smaller type deals, I see Jeff Baker, John Grabow, Blake DeWitt and possibly James Russell all being available. I think the Cubs need to make sure they get a good return for all of these players as they have a long way to go before they become a good team again.

The Chicago Cubs have two free agents heading into this winter

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by chinmusic on Tuesday 2 November 2010 at 2:59 pm

The Cubs have two free agents heading into this winter and I think the decisions on those players are going to be easy ones. Here is how I think the Cubs are going to handle these two guys:

Aramis Ramirez: 32-year old righty swinging 3B Aramis Ramirez played in 124 games for the Cubs last season and he was 112 of 465 (.241 avg, .745 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 25 homers and 83 RBIs. Ramirez has a player option valued at $14.6 million bucks for the 2011 season. VERDICT: Ramirez’ isn’t nuts so he will exercise his option and take the Cubs’ money in 2011.

Xavier Nady: 31-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Xavier Nady played in 119 games for the Cubs last season and he was 81 of 317 (.256 avg, .660 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 6 homers and 33 RBIs. VERDICT: I see the Cubs letting Nady walk.

If I were running the Chicago Cubs I would be making some deals in the next couple of weeks

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Tuesday 20 July 2010 at 5:24 pm

If I were running the Cubs I wouldn’t be having a firesale. But I would be making some deals with an eye on the future. First off I would deal Derek Lee and Jeff Baker to the Angels for 1B Mark Trumbo, OF Chris Pettit and righty relievers Kevin Jepsen and Francisco Rodriguez. I would then deal 2B/3B Mike Fontenot to the Phillies for righty relievers Scott Mathieson and David Herndon. Finally I would pay Kosuke Fukudome’s contract and deal him to the Padres for shortstop Lance Zawadzki. These deals would help the Cubs rebuild the bullpen quickly and it would open up RF for Tyler Colvin and 1B for Mark Trumbo. Make the moves Cubbies.

The Chicago Cubs are going to be sellers later this month

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Tuesday 6 July 2010 at 8:44 pm

The Cubs are 36-47 on the season which has them in 4th place in the N.L. Central, 11.5 games behind the Reds. With that in mind I see the Cubs being sellers this month giving Cubs’ fans further heartache. Derek Lee, Ryan Theriot and Ted Lilly are the best trade chips the Cubs have to offer. They will likely try to move all three of them in separate trades. Mike Fontenot, Jeff Baker and Xavier Nady all have value to especially if the Cubs trade them to another N.L. team. But any dreams of getting rid of Kosuke Fukudome or Carlos Zambrano are likely just that….dreams….because it is very unlikely to happen. This month is going to really hurt, Cubs’ fans!

The Chicago Cubs need to make a big move for bullpen help

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Wednesday 26 May 2010 at 2:02 pm

The Cubs need to make a big splash to help the bullpen from the right side or the season is going to be a huge disappointment for them. With that in mind the Cubs need to make a call to the Blue Jays and bite the bullet offering outfielders Tyler Colvin and Sam Fuld for Jason Frasor, Jeremy Accardo, Brian Tallet and Jeremy Reed. I know that Colvin is a fan favorite right now but the Cubs can’t afford to wait to make a deal. Frasor, Accardo and Tallet would give the Cubs a lot of help in the bullpen the rest of the year and the Cubs should consider pulling the trigger on a deal like this sooner rather than later. The Cubs could then flip a minor prospect like outfielder James Adduci to the Indians for Austin Kearns who will fill in as Kosuke Fukudome’s new platoon partner in RF. The Cubs need to get into the groove by adding to the bullpen or they might be a seller at the trade deadline in July.

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