A little Saturday afternoon chatting bits for your perusing …
- Bruce Levine chatted earlier this week, and offered his usual array of thoughts. Among them: (1) The Cubs may elect to fill center field from within, going with a Tony Campana/Dave Sappelt platoon until Brett Jackson is ready (if that happens, you know the Cubs have absolutely no intention of winning more than 65 games in 2013); (2) the Cubs are still looking to move Carlos Marmol, and Bruce mentions the possibility of picking up a Major League third baseman; (3) that big Marlins trade didn’t interest the Cubs because they didn’t want one year of Josh Johnson or an aging Mark Buehrle (among many other reasons the deal wouldn’t have made sense for the Cubs); (4) the Cubs would love to be able to add a young third baseman like Nick Castellanos or Lonnie Chisenhall (well, yeah); (5) Bruce doesn’t get the sense that the Cubs are interested in bringing Ian Stewart back; (6) the Cubs “would listen” to an offer for Darwin Barney, but they aren’t looking to trade him; (7) the Cubs have not been negotiating with Ryan Dempster; (8) as soon as Matt Garza is healthy, the Cubs will be shopping him; (9) both the Cubs and White Sox are looking at Brandon McCarthy, whose agent says McCarthy would “love a chance to come back to Chicago”; (10) Bruce guesses that Chisenhall would cost Josh Vitters and “another young player” (sounds about right to me, though that other player would have to be a top 20 type prospect, at least); (11) Bruce hasn’t been able to confirm Jim Bowden’s report of the Cubs making an offer to Francisco Liriano; and (12) the Cubs will probably look at Eric Chavez as a platoon option for next year.
- It’s not a roster-type rumor, but Levine added that he hears the Cubs are considering adding another LED board in left field, like the one they added in right field before the 2012 season. It’s not finalized, and I’m not quite sure how that would work, given the slightly different configuration on each side of the field. It couldn’t quite be a mirror image.
- Ben Nicholson-Smith from MLBTR also chatted … (1) If the Tigers re-sign Anibal Sanchez, they’ll probably look to deal Rick Porcello, who will “draw interest” (in other words, they’re not just giving him away, despite his slow-developing career); (2) Ben sees the Cubs’ next move being another free agent starting pitcher; (3) the Scott Baker signing was a good one for the Cubs; and (4) a seven-year deal for Anibal Sanchez in the $13 to $15 million per year range is too much.