Baseball Prospectus’s Kevin Goldstein was on the Score this morning with Mully and Hanley, discussing all manner of things relevant to the Cubs’ Trade Deadline activities. A summary, replete with paraphrasing where appropriate …

  • The Cubs got a great return for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson. Maholm’s decent, but he’s just been really hot. Arodys Vizcaino is a smaller guy, who’s been shut down for arm fatigue at various times. He’s probably gotta be viewed as a reliever going forward, but he could be a very, very good one. Possibly a closer.
  • Jaye Chapman will probably be a useful middle reliever, so that’s nice, too.
  • The Cubs are not going to get a Randall Delgado level return for Ryan Dempster anymore, but they can still get a decent starting pitching prospect. Delgado would have been a mistake by the Braves. We just have to forget that, and act like it never happened.


  • The Dodgers absolutely have the leverage here, and, genuinely, Goldstein is not sure how much the Dodgers actually want Ryan Dempster. Speaking to sources around the league, he gets the sense that they’ll take him, but they’re not itching to get him.
  • Holding Dempster and making a qualifying offer in the offseason is a risky strategy, because we still don’t know that Dempster won’t accept.
  • Dempster shouldn’t have said he was going to do the best thing for the Cubs, but he doesn’t owe the Cubs anything. He has 10/5 rights, and he is entitled to exercise them.
  • It’s a great move to throw in money to get a better player, generally speaking. We’ve believed this to be true for the Cubs for some time now, so, good.
  • Jake Brigham is a really nice return for Geovany Soto. He was a slow-developing prospect, his numbers have improved, and he has good scouting reports. He could even be a back of the rotation type in the bigs. Scouts say, “that’s a big leaguer.” He’s not an impact guy, but he’ll probably make the show.


  • The Cubs were always going to sell off like this. It was always going to be a full-on rebuild, starting with a gut job. And it’s going to last through 2013, at least.
  • There’s still plenty of time for trades to go down, and Goldstein expects Dempster to go. Soriano is a really nice fit for Los Angeles, and his inclusion could lead to the Cubs getting someone like Zach Lee or Allen Webster in a package deal with Dempster.
  • If a Matt Garza trade doesn’t happen today, there’s going to be a great market for him this Winter.



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