Reflecting on a changed holiday season, and a site note on limited posting through Tuesday.
Month: December 2011
The Marshall trade was a good one, but that doesn’t mean the man won’t be missed. Marshall has a positive attitude about the trade, the Cubs are touting a Garza extension, and prospect Mark Malave has had a good start.
Theo Epstein Speaks on the Marshall Trade, on Travis Wood and the Prospects Acquired, and on Matt Garza
He’s sad to see Marshall go, excited to see Wood,Torreyes and Sappelt arrive, and non-committal about Garza’s future.
The Cardinals sign Beltran on a two-year deal, the Marshall deal could be announced today, the Garza market has changed again, and the Peoria Chiefs may have money troubles.
The 29-year-old reliever didn’t pitch in 2011 after Tommy John surgery.
The latest news and rumors from around the league. If the rumors look the same, is the Cubs’ strategy really changing?
Might the names be under wraps because there aren’t yet any names?
Was the Cubs’ bid really all that competitive?
A few new faces in the organization, and a bunch of promotions.
Expecting top prospects would probably set you up for disappointment. Reed Johnson is a Dale Sveum fan, Bryan LaHair is stating his case, and Brett Jackson reflects on his 2011 season.
The Cubs also get two prospects, as of yet unnamed. The deal is still pending physicals.
The 2012 Chicago Cubs could look vastly different than the 2011 Cubs. And that could mean good things in both the long and short term.
The latest on Prince Fielder, which may or may not be of continued interest to the Cubs.
Johnson would presumably resume his 4th/5th outfielder duties.
The new CBA, as expected, is a problem. The Cubs picked up another scout from the Red Sox, and may grab another former executive, as well. Tom Ricketts is interviewed, and the Yankees may be changing their stripes.
The Cubs are looking primarily at Reds’ pitcher Travis Wood.
If the Cubs move to rebuild, Marlon Byrd may be another name on the table. And one writer thinks there could be a great deal of interest.
With Yu Darvish off to Texas, Matt Garza becomes a prime target on the trade market. Sean Marshall is also drawing interest. Would the Cubs deal both, and what would it mean if they did?