Pitchers and catchers have reported around the league …
- The White Sox claimed Tony Campana last August off of waivers, according to Bruce Levine, but the Cubs and Sox couldn’t work out a trade, so the Cubs pulled him off of waivers (recall, trade waivers in August are revocable). It makes you wonder, assuming many teams would be interested in claiming Campana if he were put on waivers now, could the Cubs work out a trade for Campana with the White Sox or another team (see his chat thoughts on that, below)? Levine says the Cubs haven’t spoken to the White Sox about Campana this time around.
- Anthony Rizzo also seems to think the Cubs are going to swing a deal involving Campana, and he’s been working to keep his buddy’s spirits up through the DFA process. Paul Sullivan, who wrote that piece, also says the Cubs are trying to trade Campana short of having to waive him.
- Bruce Levine chatted yesterday, and among his thoughts … (1) Kyle Lohse on a one-year deal for the Cubs doesn’t make sense from Lohse’s perspective, since the Cubs have a bunch of holes (I’m not sure I agree that that’s why it doesn’t make sense – for one thing, I think he can do better than a one-year deal, but if he were going to take a one-year deal, he could do worse than a team that is likely to trade him mid-season, thus ensuring he isn’t dragged down by draft pick compensation next year. For another thing, he’s just not a fit on the Cubs unless they trade Matt Garza immediately.); (2) Bruce suggests (in an answer that got cut off) that, if Edwin Jackson got $13 million per year on a four-year deal, Matt Garza, if healthy, would get a lot more on the open market (to me, a healthy Garza probably gets something in the range of Anibal Sanchez’s five-year, $80 million deal, give or take, depending on how he looks this year); (3) Bruce guesses Garza is on the Blue Jays or Rangers come August 1; (4) Bruce thinks someone is going to trade for Tony Campana soon; (5) the Angels could become interested in Carlos Marmol again if the Ryan Madson injury proves serious; (6) the return on Marmol could be a “very good” young player; and (7) Bruce doubts Brett Jackson is traded.
- A source tells Paul Sullivan that Carlos Zambrano is headed to Japan or Taiwan to pitch if he can’t land a Major League deal. Barring an obscene rash of pitcher injuries around baseball in the next two weeks, I just don’t see him getting a big league deal.
- After a back and forth about his elbow, the Mariners and Felix Hernandez did indeed finalize their seven-year, $175 million deal. It reportedly includes an option for an eighth year at $1 million that vests for the Mariners if he has a serious elbow injury during the course of the first seven years.
- Kyle Lohse is expected to finally sign very soon, according to Ken Rosenthal.
- When asked if he saw any significant players being dealt between now and the deadline, FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron picked only one name: Matt Garza. That’s just his speculation, I reckon, but he could have picked any other name.