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July 10, 2013 by Ryan S
Well, we are just five days away from the beginning of the Cubbies’ All-Star break, and the rumor mill keeps on churning. Here’s what’s going on today.
- Matt Garza on winning a World Series with the Cubs, “It would be one hell of a party.” He has said that he and his wife and kids like the area, and he wants to stay in Chicago. With recent extension talks boiling, everyone can wonder. And he’s a good locker room guy so that aside from his pitching, there is definitely considerable benefit in keeping him around.
- Garza’s last start was attended by scouts from the Rangers, Indians, Pirates, Blue Jays, and Padres. The Padres are unlikely to be buyers following their recent 10 game losing streak that left them in last place of the NL West. I also find it hard to imagine that the Cubs would want to send Garza to the Pirates and risk having to play him a bunch of times every year should he extend. The Cubs were close to a deal with the Rangers last season when Garza went down, so that’s something to keep an eye on.
- The Cubs are reportedly close to signing first-round draft pick Kris Bryant for a record setting bonus, making him the highest paid player in this year’s draft, ahead of no. 1 overall pick Mark Appel, who agreed to a $6.35 million bonus with the Astros. Bryant is a Scott Boras client, go figure.
- League sources are reporting that the Red Sox rank their trade needs in the following order: relief pitching, guys who can play the left side of the infield and then starting pitching. The Cubs are not likely to get their best offer for Garza from the Red Sox. However, if they add Kevin Gregg to the deal (assuming the Sox are interested in Gregg), that could give them a nice payoff.
- The Cubs are close to a deal with the no. 29 international prospect, Taiwanese pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng. Given their other international signings this offseason, it is becoming increasingly likely that the Cubs will face the maximum penalty on the international pool money as dictated by the new CBA.
- With Alfonso Soriano’s trade value surging, I have heard a lot of mumbling about well, his trade value increasing. I have heard no specific rumors nor have I heard of any team specifically being in on Soriano. But come on, is it likely he’ll go anyway? And when he gets on a tear like he’s been on lately, it’s awesome to have him in the lineup.
That’s all for now guys, and go Cubs!