Chicago Cubs Trade Rumors - July 18th

A mere 2 weeks to go now until the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. Jumbo here with some fresh trade nuggets for you. Enjoy:
  • Lots of stuff from Baseball Prospectus's John Perrotto over the last couple days. First up, in this article ($) Perrotto has this interesting note that includes a pretty conspicuous indication of the Cubs' feeling on CF prospect Felix Pie:
    Cubs: They're still looking to add some pieces, but their top priority was filled with the acquisition of right-hander Rich Harden from the Athletics last week. Fuentes and Padres shortstop Khalil Greene are possibilities, and the Cubs are making disappointing center-field prospect Felix Pie very much available.
  • My question: if we dump Pie, who the hell is going to play CF for the Cubs next year and into the future? In my opinion Reed Johnson, Jim Edmonds, and Kosuke Fukudome are not, in any combination, sufficient options in CF for this team this year, let alone long term. The upcoming free agent class heading in to '09 is garbage, containing such HOFers like Corey Patterson, Former Cardinal Jim Edmonds, Rocco Baldelli, and Jacque Jones. Yeah. Other than Mark Kotsay, who's 33, and Mike Cameron, who has a club option for '09, that's it. So what exactly is the plan here? Why jump ship on Pie now, when his value is in the crapper? This, if it turns out to be true and we do move Pie, is just one of the things that really frustrate me about Jim Hendry. Can we, for once, NOT give up and sell low on a prospect?
  • This leads me, however, to something that I've been privately yammering for for a couple weeks now. Those yammers have grown even larger now that the Cubs have addressed their primary need, a brand spankin' new SP. It's that we should trade for a CF. If we get a CF in return, I'm cool with dumping Pie. But not unless we get a guy that we can pencil in on Opening Day 2009 in that CF slot. So who's out there? MLB Trade Rumors has a tidy list of some potentially available CFers. The object of my recent yammerings is David DeJesus. I could probably go into more deets on this in a separate post but getting this guy would be huge for the Cubs. DeJesus is a lefty. He hits leadoff. He's currently raking at a rate of .306/.302/.474 for an OPS of .836. He's got 10 HRs and 7 SBs. And he's locked up thru 2010 with an option in 2011. Plus, nobody effs with DeJesus. Not like the Royals need him...let's flip Pie and some young pitching for a guy that could set the table for the Cubs (screw Soriano and his glass ego) into the playoffs this year and into the future. Willy Taveras could also work, but I'm much, much less excited about his bat.
  • Digressing back to the Perrotto piece, Bruce Miles gets his debunk on with his Inside Pitch blog, stating:
    One trade that is not happening is one for the Padres' Khalil Greene. My Cubs people emphatically tell me they are not interested in Greene, a shortstop who was cited in a couple of reports over the past few days. Ryan Theriot is performing just fine at short for the Cubs, with an OBP of .396, which has him sixth in the NL. All Lou has to do is make sure to give Theriot a day off now and then and play Cedeno at short. That should help avoid any September collapse, such as the one Theriot endured last year.
  • Miles also has this interesting note from the posting linked above. Jeff ND huh?:
    The Cubs got plenty of help from within last year, with Geovany Soto and Kevin Hart performing well enough to make the playoff roster. I expect to see Micah Hoffpauir and, yes, pitcher Jeff Samardzija this September.
  • Next up from Perrotto is this piece ($). In it, Perrotto states that the Cubs remain open to trading Jason Marquis, and has this about a new name, Aaron Heilman:
    The Mets are willing to trade right-handed set-up man Aaron Heilman, who many scouts believe would be better as a starter, and the Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Athletics, and Cubs have interest.
  • MLB Trade Rumors comments on the Bruce Miles article and also picks up on Miles's mention that the Cubs might be pursuing the Rox Brian Fuentes. I just don't see this deal getting done. There are a lot more teams out there than need a lefty RP than the Cubs do. Other teams will surely outbid Hendry here.
  • One quick note to pass along in case you haven't heard-the Phightin' Phils have acquired Joe Blanton from the Oakland Athletics for a pretty decent batch of prospects. Good move by the Phillies who are sure to be in the NL race to the end.

Comment (1)

Lionel

July 18, 2008 at 8:45 AM

The popular rumor was that Fuentes was headed to Tampa Bay, where they are searching for a reliever with playoff experience. But, sources have stated that that rumor has cooled, because the Rox are seeking nothing less than a top pitching prospect in return ahd while the Rays have a ton of depth, they aren't moving it for Fuentes. So, the question is whether the Cubs would want to part with Jose Ceda or Donnie Veal to get a left-hadned reliever in Fuentes. My vote is no. The Cubs farm system is already depleted with the Harden trade and they have a relatively solid 'pen. Granted, with Erye on the shelf and his rehab not going well, the Cubs are sans a quality left-handed reliever, but unless the Rox demands go down, I don't see the need to toss a top prospect to get a left-handed setup man.