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It wasn’t too many New Year’s Eves ago that I sometimes had trouble remembering the ball drop the next day as I struggled to watch football through a nasty hangoer. This year, the wife, the daughter and I had over friends who have a newborn, and we ate pizza and cookies, and talked about some of the year’s better TV shows. I enjoyed it. And I know I’ll enjoy today much more than in years past…

  • Matt Garza trade rumors continue to swirl. The latest has the Marlins joining the fray (again, not to be “that” guy, but the Marlins were rumored to have interest weeks ago) according to Ken Rosenthal. He describes the interest as “serious,” and says the Cubs might have interest in A-ball outfielder, 20-year-old Christian Yelich. Other players Rosenthal notes as available include third base prospect Matt Dominguez, outfielder Chris Coghlan, first baseman Gaby Sanchez, and relief prospect (and former Cubs farmhand) Jose Ceda. Not a hugely exciting crop of players without a single pitcher or Logan Morrison among them. I think Rosenthal is just picking some names out of a hat. That said, any additional teams that have interest is good news for the Cubs, who don’t have to trade Garza.
  • Buster Olney reported that the Tigers are making their top prospect, pitcher Jacob Turner, available in talks with the Cubs, but, again, that’s been rumored/assumed to be the case for some time now. The same article, from the Detroit News, says it is believed that the Tigers are offering the Cubs multiple prospects, including Turner, for Garza (but are not including number two prospect, third baseman Nick Castellanos). Turner, 20, is probably the best single prospect that has been attached to these Garza trade talks – he was a first round pick out of high school in 2009, and got a telling $5.5 million signing bonus. He’s a big-timer in the prospect world, and is probably no more than a year away from sticking in the Majors.
  • Bruce Levine was on the radio yesterday morning, once again espousing his belief that the Cubs are still pursuing Prince Fielder. Despite conceding that he believes Fielder will land a seven-year deal, Levine says, “The Cubs are very interested in Prince Fielder and are working very hard under the radar to bring him in.” Levine isn’t always right when he’s speculating or making trade suggestions (ok, he’s usually head-scratchingly off in those areas), but when it comes to reporting sourced rumors, few are better than Levine, in my opinion. If he’s saying this as confidently as he’s saying it, I believe it’s true. (h/t CCO.)
  • The Chicago Tribune’s writers reveal their Hall of Fame ballots, and, although they cover a range of selections, they all seem fair to me. Lee Smith makes everyone’s ballot except Mark Gonzalez and … Phil Rogers.
  • Cerambam

    Hey Brett or anyone, I’m not quite sure what is better and why in a trade. As a gm/fan would I rather receive one tippy top prospect almost guarantee to be an everyday player straight up for a guy like garza or a haul of top prospects. To me it seems like one sure fire prospect is better but it almost never ends up that way, why is the haul more likely and more desirable ?

    • Kansas Cubs Fan

      Because with a big Haul of prospects there is a chance that you could get multiple everyday players. And with those extra prospects in your farm system it gives you the option to trade those prospects for an impact player like Garza a year or two down the road.

  • Ryan

    When talking prospects not everyone pans out and that’s why if you get a haul of them it gives you a better chance of getting an impact from someone in the trade

  • Kevin

    The best scenario would be to trade Garza and Soriano to Detroit for Turner if Detroit agrees to pay at least 50% of Soriano’s salary. This would give us Turner and salary relief to get some free agents.

  • Warrior

    Saw on another site where it states Fielder wants to play for the Cubs but the Cubs probably aren’t interested because they are committed to a full rebuild in 2012. Maybe his price will come down and the Cubs will take an interest in him as well.

  • Bren

    A few other cubs blogs are saying the Tigers talks might expand to include Rick Porcello as well

    • EtotheR

      I do like Porcello for Wrigley…

  • caleb

    “I’m not hungover but you are nah nah nah” –Brett

    Suck it.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Nah, nah, nah.

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    marlins wanna talk garza? prove it by talking morrison or ramierez!!

  • Tommy

    Porcello has some upside. He’d be an awesome add in.

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    could this be the talks that lead to the departure of big z?

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    better haul of prospects comming out of the AL! but the possibilities of having a cancer like z removed as well as his contract… well game on theo and co. id say its an under statment that interest in garza is reaching its peak

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    hey brett thanks for the help with the avatar! what do ya think?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Lookin’ good.

  • Matty Q

    I don’t think there is anyway that the Cubs could get Porcello, Turner, and Castellanos for Garza, but if they could Theo would be stupid not to take it.

    • Ryan

      According to the detroit news Castellanos isn’t avaliable

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    i really like the guys in the detroit talks … i think that the talks should get aggressive and creative … it seems we could fill alot of holes dealing with detroit

  • Kevin

    I don’t think Theo wants to mortgage the future by over paying and commiting too much for Fielder regardless if he comes cheaper than expected. Prince is heavier than his dad and Cecil’s #’s dropped off significantly later in his career. The Cubs have been stuck with too many big dollar long term contracts. Prince is nothing more than a non-consistent home run hitter and a liability at 1st base. Sosa was fun to watch too and where did that get us?

    • coal

      I think Fielder will ultimately be too expensive for the Cubs, but if he dipped below what people are expecting at this point in terms of value and years I would be excited to see what the experiment could yield. I do think Fielder could be a big part of 2013, 2014 and 2015 so what’s the big deal if we pay him in 2012 also – again only assuming the price comes way down in terms of years and dollars.

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    forget about fielder… just hope he ends up in the al where he belongs

  • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

    at this point im really not seeing prince as part of any rebuild plan… any wise one anyway

  • KCubsfan

    Here is a 3 way trade that will fix the Cubs and Help all parties involved

    Padres Get Deck McGuire, Matt Szczur, and Adieny Hechavarria

    BLue Jays get Matt Garza, Chris Carpenter and a PTBNL From the Padres

    Cubs get Drabek, Nicolino, Anthony Rizzo and Jed Gyorko.

    There we get our 2 Corners IFer in the near furture.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I don’t mind giving up Carpenter, and moving Szczur is ok, too, I suppose. I’m just not crazy about Drabek. I’d probably do the deal, all in all. Need to think about how much I like Gyorko, who feels like the swing piece.

      • Tyler31

        I would like the Cubs to get Jake Marisnick and Drew Hutchison

         

        • ferrets_bueller

          Plus one on that.  I wouldn’t give up Garza for those four.   But if you replaced Drabek and Gyorko/Rizzo with those two, I’d be happy.

    • Kansas Cubs Fan

      Seems like the Cubs would be giving up too much and not enough in return

      • KCubsfan

        Let’s see what the Cubs are truely giving up Garza ok he is the big one and truely the only player that as track record. Szczur won’t know what really for 2 years or so, good tools but didn’t adjust well to A+. Carpenter a RP who throws hard but as had major command issues. I look at both as the 2 players the Cubs got back with Garza but a little hight calibur.

        Now let’s Look at what the Cubs would be getting. A 1B that is project to be a 30 Hr Guy and .280 to .290 hitter. A SP in Drabek that could still be a 1 or 2 if he can correct is Command issues. A LHP in Nicolino that could be a 1 or 2. And last a 3B that is projected to be a .300 25 hr hitter at 3B. His power would take a major hit playing a Petco.

        • Kansas Cubs Fan

          I would like the deal better if Drabek didn’t have the command issues. If he were replaced with a starting pitcher who is MLB ready or near MLB ready that doesn’t need fixing I would be alright with it. And I think Nicolino is a little too young to put much stock into, but that’s just me.

           

          • KCubsfan

            If Drabek hadn’t had the Command issue the Jays wouldn’t be interested in Garza. As for Nicolino has shown amazing command for such a young pitcher which is why the bar is so high for him.

  • KidCubbie

    If we truely are rebuilding then whats the story on Baker and Dewitt? They are next to useless. I say the Cubs throw them in a trade and let some of the younger INF guys get a crack at backup roles this year like Vitters, Lake and Bianchi.

    • Cedlandrum

      The problem with having Vitters and Lake be in a backup role is that they need ab’s in the minors. It isn’t beneficial to have them sit on the bench.

      • Kansas Cubs Fan

        Agreed, the team needs guys who know that they aren’t much more than just backups. Playing young kids in that role would only hurt their development.

        • KidCubbie

          I havent heard much on Bianchi. U guys think hes gonna make the 25 man roster out of ST?

          • http://cubbiekingdom.wordpress.com hansman1982

            Maybe if he grossly outperforms Barney, who appears to only have a starting job based on his defense and low salary.

    • Tommy

      I think you’re right. I don’t see them with the team come spring training, but you still have to find someone that will take them.

  • SteveO

    Phil Rogers’ article about the HOF was an absolute joke. The fact that he can has a vote is just disgusting.

  • KidCubbie

    So then you would see the Cubs keep Baker and Dewitt this year just as inexpensive backup utility infielders?

  • KidCubbie

    And why is everyone always talking about moving Stewart to 2B? From what i know he is an above average defender at 3B. Better than Ramirez was. And Theo and Jed said that they want him as the starting 3B. I believe hes is going to be a lot better than everyone thinks. He’s a guy that i believe can but up 20-25 HR and hit at least .270 as long as he can stay healthy and stay at one spot defensively all year.

  • Kevin

    GM’s are smarter as a whole than ever before. It’s like a bunch of Ivy League graduates playing a game of chess.

  • ty

    Phil Rogers hall of fame votes and his reasons are dis-graceful. Ignores our own Lee Smith and has these long comments about not voting for steroid users than votes for Jeff Bagwell. then writes a long column about Larry Walker who he admits averaged 123 games per year and votes for him. Lee Smith has incredible stats and is a Cub that deserves respect but Philly boy loves to be a rebel and writes the worst crap possible.

  • JR1908

    Phil Rogers is a turd.

    • Tommy

      Phil Rogers IS a turd!

  • Coach Harris

    I like your avatar loyal100more

    Is that Jim Morrissey?

    • King Jeff

      What??????? That’s Butkus, buddy.

    • Tommy

      I hope that was a joke Coach Harris.

  • KidCubbie

    Hmmm…. Gravatar not working.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Are you using the same email address there as here? That’s usually the issue. Otherwise, it’s entirely automated.

      • KidCubbie

        Yeah same email. Ill just wait it out.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          It can take some time to populate across the web. But, the short answer is: as long as the emails are exactly the same and the gravatar image is not inappropriate, it’ll show up.

  • cubs r lost

    With theses trades the 1988 baltimore team and the 62cubs mets may not be in the record books

  • cubs r lost

    You all wanted Sanchez when pujols was going to Miami and now that there is a chance and u want a maybe in turner. No way I will take a proven winner over a maybe

    • Ian Afterbirth

      I will take someone who can actually speak the English language and put a sentence together correctly over a boring troll.

    • Rick Vaughn

      How embarrassing for your family. Very sad. All that effort spent raising you, all for nothing.

  • cubs r lost

    When u have a stud pitcher like cards u get a stud back in Sanchez. After turner does something in the majors let me know if he was so good the tigers would have used him in the algebra when the rangers were lighting them up.but they didn’t because he is a maybe.

    • Kansas Cubs Fan

      How did algebra get brought up? Take some time and type the words you really want to use.

      And who is cards?

  • cubs r lost

    Listening to you people makes me laugh who knew when big z said the cubs were playing like a triple a team that u wanted field a triple a team. Turned into a bunch of dreamers for 2014and but when there is no championship in the losers first 5 what will u say then….what a bunch of losers…..

    • JR1908

      I think your typing skills r lost…

    • Rancelot

      I find myself asking a very simple question after taking in your inane blather. Why do people like you exist? I certainly hope you are very productive in your personal life and professional career, because you serve absolutely no purpose here.

      • ferrets_bueller

        Judging by his use of ‘r’ and ‘u,’ success is quite doubtful.

    • Tommy

      cubs r lost – I couldn’t agree more. I just haven’t got the slightest idea what I’m agreeing with.

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