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Even in the midst of the Draft, the rumor mill doesn’t die entirely. There are a number of notable bits to pass along…

  • Ken Rosenthal says that other teams are all over Matt Garza, especially the Blue Jays (recall, they were hot and heavy for Garza most of the Winter), and most teams expect that he’ll be traded this Summer. Quietly, a pretty sizable market of aggressive suitors – Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Tigers – is building for Garza. Come July, it could include a third of the teams in baseball.
  • Danny Knobler says the Dodgers might be in on Ryan Dempster, whom they’ve tried to land before (back when the Cubs sent them Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot).

  • Phil Rogers says that, once the Draft completes today, one of the Cubs’ priorities is going to be “swinging for the fences” on an Alfonso Soriano deal. He’s certainly done all he can to help his trade value over the past month, but that trade value remains virtually non-existent, given his contract (the Cubs still owe him almost $48 million through 2014). At this point, assuming Soriano accepts a deal, the Cubs will be able to find a taker if they’re dead set on dumping him for virtually nothing – which doesn’t sound like much, but I wouldn’t have said that this Spring.
  • Bruce Levine did his chatting thing: (1) The Cubs remain the favorite on Jorge Soler, to the extent there is one (“I’d be shocked if they don’t come up with the best bid”); (2) the Cubs aren’t sure Matt Garza is a number 1, so they might be more inclined to trade him at this point; (3) Ryan Dempster will be the first Cub traded in the next couple months if he wants to be traded; and (4) David DeJesus has trade value, but might have more value to the Cubs as a positive veteran influence on young players (there’s certainly something to that, but if a team makes a great offer, he’s gone).
  • Jim Bowden proposed a number of trades that the Cubs should consider, two of which are pretty slanted in favor of the Cubs (in other words, they almost certainly ain’t happening). The deals include sending Ryan Dempster to the Braves for Kris Medlen and Mike Minor, sending Matt Garza and a fringe prospect to the Tigers for Jacob Turner and Nick Castellanos (this one I wouldn’t leap at), and sending Bryan LaHair to the Indians for Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Hagadone.

  • And finally, a reminder on Jorge Soler: he’s a free agent, and he’s accepting offers through tomorrow. I’ll have a Jorge Soler rundown up tomorrow morning, but like I said this weekend, I don’t expect to hear much until after that June 7 deadline has passed.

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