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stoveMatt Garza still gets most of the headlines, but there are other rumor bits to discuss these days …

  • Thanks to Alfonso Soriano’s Soriano-like hot streak, he’s climbing back into the good graces of both the national and local folks when it comes to the tradability and trade value questions. Jon Heyman’s got Soriano as one of his three hot risers right now (together with Matt Garza and Raul Ibanez), and Bruce Levine is talking up Soriano’s increasing value. Levine suggests that interest could come around in Soriano, and that sources say the Cubs are willing to eat “most” of Soriano’s remaining contract to trade him. Soriano gets $18 million per year this and next year, so let’s call it $26 million or so left after July. If the Cubs ate $20 million of that, why wouldn’t a number of teams be interested in Soriano at $2 million for the rest of 2013 and just $4 million for 2014? That seems like a guy who’s worth an actual decent prospect to me. Of course, the Cubs will have to calculate how much Soriano is worth to them, and how much that “decent prospect” is worth in terms of dollars.
  • As far as his no-trade rights are concerned, Soriano tells CSN the “door is open” for him to accept a trade if that’s what the Cubs want to do. He says he’s trying not to think about it, but if his name comes up, it comes up. I suspect he’ll soon have a conversation with the front office so that they can get a better sense of the teams it’s even worth talking to about Soriano. We know he’s got a preference for being in the eastern half of the United States, and we know he wants to go to a contender (that part should be taken care of by virtue of the fact it would be a mid-season deal). Then again, last year he was reportedly willing to go to the Dodgers, so maybe it’s a case-by-case kind of thing.
  • A recent interview with Giants GM Brian Sabean certainly calls into question whether his team will buy at all this trade season. Although the Giants are discussed as a popular destination for Matt Garza – or other pieces – the reality is that they’re eight games under .500 (just a half game better than the Cubs), and 9.5 games back in the NL West (the Cubs are 10 games back of the Wild Card – seriously, think about that). Would you want the Cubs to buy in that situation? Do you want the Cubs to buy now? Of course not. So why would the Giants do it? I actually wonder if the Giants might consider selling at the margins.
  • Speaking of the Giants, Ken Rosenthal looks at five teams on the bubble of buying/selling/whatever, including the Giants. The other four – the Padres, the Rockies, the Blue Jays and the Phillies – are all potential trading partners for the Cubs, so you’d like to see them hold it together. That’s especially true with respect to the Blue Jays, Giants, and Phillies, because, if they decide to sell, they have pieces that could compete on the market directly with guys the Cubs are trying to sell.
  • Cubs GM Jed Hoyer, speaking to the media including CSN, explained that he doesn’t think flipping recent signees like Scott Feldman and Scott Hairston will have a negative impact on the Cubs’ ability to sign free agents. “I don’t think so, no,” Hoyer said. “Certainly looking at Scott Feldman’s situation, I think Scott, we gave him a great opportunity. I think a lot of places weren’t willing to give him a rotation spot coming off a so-so year, I guess. We were willing to do that. I think he really appreciated the fact we were willing to give him that opportunity. And I know with Scott [Hairston], he looks at this as an opportunity to get more playing time.” I think Hoyer hit the nail on the head. Feldman knew the situation when he signed, and he knew the Cubs were giving him a shot with the strong possibility that he’d be flipped to a contender – he may well have relished the opportunity. Hairston was on a two-year deal, but he was a role player who was almost certainly not sold on the Cubs by them telling him about the long-term fit. He, too, had to know that this was a possibility, particularly given that the total contract commitment was just $5 million, even if a trade came a little sooner than expected. The story would be very different if the Cubs were already shopping Edwin Jackson, a bigger name free agent to whom they had committed on a longer-term basis. You would consider any trade, but, if Jackson were pitching well right now, I’d be very, very leery of the Cubs actively shopping him after just signing him to a four-year deal. It looks bad to future free agents, and, although money always talks, you’d rather the Cubs didn’t put themselves in a position to have to bid way over the top to get the next big free agent.
  • The Red Sox are the latest in a long line of teams that have considered/are considering Cubs reliever Kevin Gregg.
  • The Rangers have had to put starter Nick Tepesch and DH Lance Berkman on the DL, which Jon Morosi says only underscores their need for a starter and a bat. Why we don’t hear more Garza/Soriano package rumors with the Rangers, I’m not quite sure. The Rangers obviously want Garza, and Soriano is a nice DH/OF hybrid who offers the Rangers cover both with respect to Berkman and Nelson Cruz, if he ends up being suspend for the Biogenesis stuff. Could be that the Rangers wouldn’t want to move on Soriano, if at all, until they know for sure about Cruz. Could also be that they have no interest in Soriano for 2014, and the money would thus be a sticking point.
  • Speaking of Garza, Jon Heyman wrote about the Indians’ interest in Garza or Yovani Gallardo. There’s not really much to it, other than the fact that they are probably interested in those two pitchers. Roger that.
  • Remember Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz? He’s the Cuban defector in whom the Cubs, and other teams, had interest before MLB blocked him from signing this year while it investigated his age. The twist? Diaz, MLB has concluded, is actually younger than he was saying he was. Why would a guy fabricate an older age? Well, the 22-year-old Diaz was hoping to convince teams he turned 23 in January, thus making him eligible to sign with no CBA-imposed restrictions attached to him (players 23 and older with at least three years of professional experience in another league are not subject to the CBA’s international signing pool restrictions). He could net a whole lot more money that way. But, according to Ben Badler’s report, MLB says Diaz’s birthday is actually in August, meaning he won’t be 23 for another month. Further, MLB has prohibited him from signing until February 19, 2014. So, keep your eyes peeled next February, I guess.
  • TonyP

    I love popping in to find a new fresh article posted……..

    • Chad

      That’s why I “pop” in about every 30 seconds or so. 1 out of about every 50 times you get nice little surprise.

    • On The Farm

      I orginally read this as “I love pooping and to find a new fresh article posted….”

      • Internet Random

        Both are true.

        • On The Farm

          Agreed, it wasn’t until I realized that for Chad to “poop every 30 seconds or so” that I thought maybe I should re-read. Eyes must be getting tired today

          • Chad

            I am on a pretty rigid diet of straight laxatives.

            • DarthHater

              That might help with your running game, but could also lead to control issues.

              • On The Farm

                We wouldnt want him to lose it out there on the mound

                • Chad

                  It’s allowed me to put a little more gas behind each fastball I throw.

                  • On The Farm

                    It puts a whole new meaning on throw him the stinky cheese.

  • Cubbie Tim

    I wish we could fast-forward to 2015. I live in stl & I’m sick of hearing all the negative aspects with this current Cubs team. It was so nice living in stl in 07 & 08 so I could brag. I still wear my Cubs hat & shirts everywhere but it’s so much nicer when we are competive.

    • Timmy

      The kicker is that even though we have some promising 16-18 year olds, odds are most of them won’t be stars; they probably haven’t even completed growing yet.

      The Cubs’ “future” plans are way way in the future. In the meantime owners will gobble up all revenues from high ticket prices with the excuse that the team isn’t good enough to try contending, yet never investing in the team enough to contend in the first place.

      It’s an excellent strategy for a business, a bad one for sportsmanship, and I fully expect Theo to be fired due to ineffectiveness after year 5 due to never having a winning record.

      • TWC

        “In the meantime owners will gobble up all revenues from high ticket prices with the excuse that the team isn’t good enough to try contending, yet never investing in the team enough to contend in the first place.”

        Liar.

        • Timmy

          dude you are so boring. everything i say here is right on.

  • DarthHater

    WWE Insider ‏@615_anthony 2m
    Source: #Cubs are expected to trade Matt Garza before his next start

    Well, if “Source” is saying it and some guy who likes pro wrestling is tweeting it, then it must be true. :-P

    • JulioZuleta

      Seems reliable.

    • Jp3

      Seems legit…. BONJOUR!!!!

  • Melrosepad

    Wouldn’t mind seeing if we could get Detroit interested in Soriano and Gregg/Russell for Nick Castellanos and a pitcher or two. Soriano could play LF with Martinez at DH and then when Soriano needs a day off he can DH and you don’t really lose a lot as Dirks and Martinez are hitting almost identical this year.

    • frank hutch

      No way Detroit would make that trade. Not gonna trade their top prospect for 2 bums

      • bbmoney

        Well sure not for two bums….but for Soriano and Gregg maybe they’d consider it….

        I jest.

    • Jp3

      I think adding Gregg to Soriano is too much for just Nick Castellenos and a couple high upside/cost controlled pitchers.

  • On The Farm

    I still see Garza and a Gregg/Russell trade to Boston netting one of the best returns. They have lots of interesting prospects in their top 10, and obviously there is the familarity Theo brings to the table. It just seems like there is a really good trade to be had between those two teams.

  • JulioZuleta

    That 17 year old girl totally Aledmys Diaz’d me last weekend.

    • MoneyBoy

      THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • TWC

        That’s not creepy. No, not at all.

        • JulioZuleta

          Hah. Obviously joking

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          I can vouch for JZ. His girlfriend is lovely.

          • TWC

            Oh, JZ’s legit. My concern was MoneyBoy’s emphatic concurrence.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              I know. I kinda just wanted to underscore that I’d met his woman.

    • Carew

      Dude

  • Vin23

    I really don’t understand how an AL team would like a deeply discounted Soriano on their team. He crushes lefties and can still carry a team for a period. I think if his playing time was reduced you’d get more output from him.

    • Vin23

      Oops, I meant why *wouldn’t” a team want him.
      I think Soriano is a good buy for an AL team at salary discount.

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    If Domrbrowski made that trade he’d be laughed out of baseball. Put differently would you trade Albert Amora for Soriano and Gregg/Russell?

    • DarthHater

      Only if you throw in Campana and LaHair.

      • Timmy

        I think Theo is about to trade Carlos Marmol for Carlos Marmol

        • TWC

          That joke isn’t getting any funnier.

          • DarthHater

            Yea, Timmy. My feeble attempts at humor are lame enough without you dragging them down. ;-)

            • Timmy

              i dunno, its tragicomedy makes me laugh every time. :)

              i’ll come up with a new one that involves mike greenwell.

  • TheMagicMan

    Red Sox have so many good pieces its almost unbelievable. Obviously were not going to get Bogaerts or Bradley, but they have Barnes, Webster, Owens, Raunado, Workman, Cecchini, Swihart, Bentz, Package around 2 of those with maybe gregg/russell and garza

    • On The Farm

      I think if you can get a package of three of the guys you mentioned for Garza, Gregg (they really want BP), and Valbuena (they are in the market for a 3B also). I know Valbuena is a cost controlled guy, but if it could sweeten the pot from the Sox I say do it.

    • Chad

      I would love to get Barnes and Owens.

      • On The Farm

        I’ll call old Ben tonight and see if I can’t get something started.

        • Chad

          Look at you, you stud you. Go get ‘em.

          • On The Farm

            Well here is my phone conversation:

            ME:”Hey Ben, you know I have been thinking we need some really good young arms here, anyway we could get Owens from ya?”
            Ben:”Um…I don’t think he is available, but I should be able to send you a pretty good Workman”
            ME:”Okay that’s a pretty good start, but if that’s the case we are going to need Barnes”
            Ben:”Well we usually don’t go for that kind of thing. Its going to take more Wood.”
            ME:”Well we definitely can’t give you Wood”
            Ben:”Well I just don’t see how I can give you a Barn then.”
            ME:”This is Ben Cherington right?
            Ben:”No this is Ben at Chair-ingtons furnishings”

  • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

    Given their various issues, Texas should be almost be wanton a suitor like the Cubs.
    Send them Soriano + 21 Mil and Garza. They have both Cruz and Murphy going to FA anyways, Berkman gets 1M next season, so they can eat either Soriano or Berman’s deal starting next season, depending on health and productivity issues.

    3-4 prospects, of course, that’s the sticking point. Sure No-No Ryan allows Daniels to run the show, but he’s not going to mortgage a future for a close-but-no-cigar WS run again.

  • AD

    Would you want Trevor Bauer from the Indians?

    • BABIP (MichCubFan)

      I wouldn’t.

      • AD

        Still has room to develop, but major control problems.

        • BABIP (MichCubFan)

          He isn’t very coachable, either.

        • hansman1982

          He does walk a lot but that K rate.

          With that said, he appears headed for a closer role, not bad return but meh.

          • TWC

            Holy CRAP, Bauer’s last start (6/28) against the White Sox was terrible, horrible, no good, very bad.

            HOWEVA, look at the White Sox pitching lines from this game. Hell, look at Cleveland’s hitting! My word, I might pull up the replay on MLB.tv this evening for a chuckle or two.

            http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA201306281.shtml

            • hansman1982

              Hey, he only gave up 1 walk

          • Rebuilding

            Well, Bauer was the #13 prospect in the game before the season started, so all of those demanding a Top 20 for Garza would be satisfied. My understanding is that Bauer Is just kind of weird more than a big problem. He has a Turk Wendell type routine. His height (maybe 6’0″ despite listing) concerns me as you don’t see many starters with velocity that size. And his walk rate really concerns me. The FO has definitely proven they will take on a former top prospect as a reclamation and Bauer is only 22

            • On The Farm

              Can the FO reshape Arrieta and Bauer? Couple that with the success they have had with Valbuena, my head would explode.

  • Assman22

    Cubs asking Indians for Bauer+ in exchange for Garza+depth OF, similar deal as Greinke last July…

    • EricR

      Bauer? Nah. I’d only consider that if it was Bauer plus Chisenhall and one more piece.

    • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

      I may be in the minority but I love it. If Bauer figures it out he would make that trade a steal. I think Theo and company could get the kid under control.

      • mdavis

        Bauer sounds like he has an attitude problem. he’s small. that being said. If it was Bauer, Chisenhall, Salazar (he’s small too though), i’d think thats a deal you have to make.

        • YourResidentJag

          Not if the Red Sox are involved you don’t. Cleveland = top-heavy farm system.

        • hansman1982

          Fangraphs has him listed at 6′ 1″. Plus, height and weight don’t impact injury or effectiveness as the “old schoolers” like to think.

          If by attitude problem he has a workout/warmup regimine he won’t budge from, ya, he has an attitude problem.

          • mdavis

            still, smaller guys wear down it seems. and yes, i view that as an atittude/coachability problem. he thinks he knows best and he’s going to do it his way regardless of what the coaches and staff who have years of experience have to say. i’d view that as an issue.

            • mjhurdle

              while i see what you are saying, the person that has the most experience with what makes Trevor Bauer successful is……Trevor Bauer.

              if the worst of it is that he wants to listen to music while he warms up, then i think somehow the Cubs could manage.
              I never liked Kirk Gibson. He has always seemed to be the poster child for “i am going to do what i want and then just claim it is ‘hard-nosed’ or ‘old-school’ without any other rationale”, so Bauer irritating him is actually a plus in my book :)

              Bauer warned teams before the draft that he wouldn’t change his delivery or routines for no reason. So how is it his fault if (we dont know what exactly happened) Arizona told him they wouldn’t, but then Gibson tried to anyway?
              The kid is pretty knowledgeable about the bio-metrics of pitching. He may not be at a master’s level yet, but it is clear that he makes his choices based on researched patterns that he believes will help him long-term, not just because “he feels like it”.

              Maybe he is a head-case, but it will take more than what i have seen so far to convince me that he is.

    • BT

      Still not sure why the Cubs weren’t more in on Bauer when the Dbacks were trying to give him away. I guess they just didn’t match up.

    • TonyP

      He walks to many for my liking……….. but I’m not a MLB FO employee what what the frack to I know……….

  • Cheese Chad

    I believe the Giants are only 6.5 games back in the NL West.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    I have to think if the Cubs ate most of Soriano’s contract, we’d at least get a christian villanueva caliber prospect in return. If we made Soriano a $4-5mil a year player to another team and with an extra year of control, thats pretty good deal for a player like soriano. He plays a much better LF now, and has the bat that carry a team on his back for a month when he’s on a hot streak. Legs look good, 10 SB and has power

  • Cheese Chad

    9.5 back of the Wild Card though. Really if you’re outside of the central you’re looking to win the division because wild card is gonna be tough with cards, pirates and reds playing the way they are.

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    So Assman22 where do you see him going and for what?

    Indians deal seems about right.

    • Assman22

      Texas with Cleveland as a darkhorse…

      • http://It'searly Mike F

        Yeah Texas matches up well. I would trade Garza if the package included Perez. He’s a good prospect, but not so much that he shouldn’t be in the package. Do you see Perez as possible in a package to the cubs?

        Best man…..

        • Matt D

          I really like the idea of Luke Jackson and Perez. Maybe buy low on Olt?

        • jpeck

          I do not see Perez going in the deal. He is their top rated pitcher. and is pitching great right now in the bigs. actually on MLB right now. ( i will do some advanced scouting on him.)

        • Assman22

          Rangers still in on Garza+OF as I mentioned a couple weeks ago…Perez not likely apart of the deal…

          • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

            I see the Indians coming in and getting a deal done. The Rangers really don’t have any high level pitching to offer other then Perez. Plus they want an outfielder? I just can’t see Jed and Theo folding like that.

            • Matt D

              what outfielder could they possibly want? i doubt they trade Schierholtz, especially without Perez. Maybe DeJesus if he’s healthy? but otherwise i don’t see who they want. I doubt Sori.

              • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

                They want Soriano.

              • Rebuilding

                Why wouldn’t Texas want Soriano? Murphy in LF isn’t good and Cruz might get suspended. Plus Soriano had lots of success there and would prob feel comfortable. I don’t get it?

                • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

                  Exactly. Its obvious what they will need with the suspensions coming down. We throw in some money. That is the only way we are getting the 4th let alone 5th top 20 prospect. Garza himself is only worth 3 if they aren’t giving up Profar or Perez. If I were them, I wouldn’t.

                  • Rebuilding

                    Well, there was never any chance on Profar. I would insist on Perez even if Villanueva had to be included in a bigger deal. We need impact

                    • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

                      Completely agree.

            • Assman22

              Hoyer asking Texas for 4-5 top 20 prospects for Garza+OF…none named Perez or Profar…

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                Can still do extremely well with the right mix of four or five.

                • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                  It gets tough, though. I am not a fan of the Texas farm system once the top talents are off the board. I just don’t see very much potential impact talent there.

                  Then again, I apparently undervalued both Villanueva and Hendricks. They both surprised me this year.

              • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

                Probably something along the lines of Jackson, Font, Ramirez, and Mendez.

                • Matt D

                  that wouldn’t be a bad haul. I feel like they’ll get 1 position player but i like Jackson, Ramirez. Font would be a nice bullpen arm. maybe buy low on Olt, or get a Brinson type?

  • EricR

    You’d think with potentially the biggest trade they would make since taking over the Cubs, it would be with a team whose farm system they are intimate with. Matt Barnes, Garin Cecchini and Drake Britton?

    • EricR

      From the Red Sox of course.

      • On The Farm

        I am hoping if I bring that senario up enough on this site, it will happen

    • Rebuilding

      I would love nothing more than to get Cecchini, but he’s not going anywhere. He’ll be their 3b before the season is over

  • Edward

    Hoping we keep Soriano unless somebody offers a legit prospect. He’s not blocking anybody in the minors, his salary will be off the books soon enough, and I would love to see him be a part of a Cubs playoff run in 2014. Sure, he is not worth $18MM a year, but he’s been arguably the Cubs best hitter over the past couple seasons.

    • Danny Ballgame

      Nobody else on the team can hit. Trade him for real value or add some other guys who can hit and push him down the lineup. He has too much value to dispose of without the proper compensation

  • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

    One thing we should all know, the Cubs CAN sign Garza to a 5-year deal that does not hurt. Why? Cot’s Contracts show the salaries and books here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ah4PW47PiAi-dEhlQ2VhNHpQQWhSVzh0dGlzUEtkQXc&output=html

    According to Cot’s contracts, Cubs 2014 payroll is at 55 mil with only Samardzija, Wood, Scheirholz going to arb with any hopes of significant rises that will bump that towards maybe 65-70 mil. Feldman, Hairston, Baker, Marmol, Navarro, Stewart, Camp, Russell and Gregg are going or gone.

    Fonzi is coming off the books after 2014, And Edwin Jackson will be our top paid pitcher to date. Arbitration will really finalize what the Cubs contracts running are. But I suspect the grand total will hover in the 105-110 tops area.

    So, the Cubs could easily front load Garza – pay 20, 17.5, 15, 12.5, 10 for 5 years/75 mil w/ incentives clauses for starts made or innings pitched or the like – whatever the limitations are to those incentives in the CBA, I don’t know enough to comment on that structure.

    Sign 2-4 more potential FA to 2/3 year deals, for say 35-50 million total in front loaded contracts, and fill behind with their prospects for roughly the same payroll had in 2013, with flexibility in 2015/2016 to move those signed upcoming FAs in 2015, or sign a really good FA they need to round out a future team in 2016.

    It is unlikely they can ever compete with the Dodgers on salary, but if someone wants to pay Garza 20 mil a season for 5-6 years, that’s their model. Cubs can be better served in flipping him, and hope no one overpays. But someone will. But we can make a competitive and realistic offer for his services, today.

    Up to him what offer should be. Ideally we ship him out for good prospects, and sign him because his heart really loves Chicago…

    • X the Cubs fan

      the problem is unless they go in on Ellsbury or The Dodgers and Kershaw remarkably cant reach a deal there isnt any big name free agents for the FO to go in on.

      • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

        There is no “problem.”

        The “good FA” I was referring too is a 2016 acquisition, not this year’s class. I could care less about us signing a top tier one for 2014, it will not, by itself, make this team win next year.

        The FA signings for 2014 should be 2-3 year types that can fill the remaining roles the FO feel can’t be solved internally, or will be 1-2 years away from a solution.

        In fact, getting too good, too fast, has its problems. False sense that the team is actually going to produce those results going forward.

  • wpbc

    brett, rahm says a win-win is in sight. cubs and tunney are very close on a deal apparently…

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130709/chicago/rahm-signals-impending-compromise-on-wrigley-jumbotron

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks – saw that, and was very pleased. Will do a full write-up soon.

      • North Side Irish

        I saw this comment and assumed it had to do with Braun suspension…

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          It didn’t, but the Biogenesis story is taking priority this evening (not because it’s bigger in the Cubs’ world, but because it’s a little more “breaking”).

  • Cheese Chad

    I like the “literally, a few feet away”. They must be getting specific on the size, but all in all good news. Nice post!

    • Cedlandrum

      a few feet could be a good thing or a bad thing. If you say, “they are just a few Ron Jeremy’s away”, that is a big deal. If you are talking about Vern Troyers feet then it should get done.

  • Cubswin

    I didn’t mind the Feldman trade for power arms that needed a “change of scenery” because Feldmans always seemed to be your average Major league pitcher. However Garza is a potential #1 or #2 pitcher depending where he goes which I think needs to net multiple high prospects. Not another hopeful change of scenery guy.

  • Cedlandrum

    I’m dying here. We had a rash of trades and Intl. signings and today there has been nothing. What are these bums waiting for? Make a deal, announce a signing, or something.

  • North Side Irish

    Robert Murray ‏@RobertMurrayMLB 2m
    #BREAKING: Ryan Braun will be suspended over the all star break for PED use, per ESPN. They say he is NOT cooperating in PED investigation.

    I need a picture of Nelson Muntz here…

    • North Side Irish

      Jonah Keri ‏@jonahkeri 1m
      MLB “to suspend Braun…along with as many as 20 players sometime after next week’s All-Star break, sources told OTL” http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/9464246/ryan-braun-refused-answer-mlb-questions-biogenesis-clinic-sources-say

      • ScottK

        It was only a matter of time. After the way he treated the incident two years ago in which it was clear that he WAS using PEDs but got off on a technicality (and came out and slammed the investigation but never denied using PEDs) it was clear that he was guilty. I just hate the fact that he basically destroyed that sample collector’s life in a huge lie to save himself some embarrassment.

        It’s too bad there aren’t more morally sound people in sports – maybe athletes would stop all this cheating and lying if teams refused to sign them or nullified their contracts when it happened. At the very least, a huge decline in his numbers would be appropriate punishment for the big-eyed cheater.

      • Stinky Pete

        Of course. “I’m being suspended because I refused to cooperate with this witch hunt, not PED use.”

        • ScottK

          I don’t think it’s a witch hunt – yet. They have tons of documents and testimony from employees at the biogenesis lab. It’s entirely possible that they already have hard evidence that RB is guilty and were giving him a chance to clear it up or soften the blow. Unlikely, but who really knows?

          Anyways, I’m fine with it considering he wormed his way out of the first one and smeared the sample collector. He’s a cheat and a loser.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Looks like its pretty likely MLB will suspend players connected Biogenesis Inc. next week, cough cough Nelson Cruz…Hey Texas you interested in Garza/Soriano deal?

    • North Side Irish

      By the time they get through all the appeals, Cruz will serve about 7 games some time next spring…

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        True but you never know. Maybe if texas goes on deep playoff run and has to start serving his suspension for whatever reason, that could be devastating for the team. But I agree, the players and the players union will fight it till the end

        • Serious Cubs Fan

          Also Nelson Cruz might just want to take the suspension right away because he’s in a free agent year. That would ruin him if he had to serve 50-100 game suspension to start off the year. His potential 5 year contract offer just got reduced to the 1 year contract

    • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

      Let’s hope so. If we eat 75% of that contract, why should we expect a few top tier prospects – I bet Nolan just wants to beat on Nelson Cruz like a Robin Ventura.

      • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

        not expect

  • North Side Irish

    MLB ‏@MLB 58s
    BREAKING: Yoenis Cespedes added as final AL #HRDerby participant.

    Actually somewhat excited about that…

    • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

      That’s a great pick by Cano.

    • Serious Cubs Fan

      Too bad Miggy Cabrera didn’t take part in the home run derby, but Cespedes is a nice conciliation prize. Can’t wait to see Harper and Davis compete

    • MichiganGoat

      Except the HR derby is boring. They really need to pick the pace of that up.

      • YourResidentJag

        The game is gonna be boring-with 1 Cub representing the All Star team and the game at CitiField. God, I hate the Mets.

  • Die hard

    Did you mark my post 3 wks ago that suspensions delayed until after All Star game to protect integrity of MLB— that’s an oxymoron by Bud the moron

    • Rebuilding

      You’re on a hot steak Die Hard. Let’s go for two in a row

    • YourResidentJag

      Good point.

  • Die hard

    Wasn’t boring when the Steroid Derby

  • Die hard

    Anybody see the bench clearing brawl other night ? McGuire grabbed Williams and when Williams tried to grab McGuires steroid shriveled gonadal he came up empty handed — the suspension bonanza will yield same results

  • Thad

    I’m wondering if we’ll start to hear Barney’s name again in trade rumors, possibly with the Tigers. Infante was put on the DL and Peralta, if I remember right, is on the Biogenesis list.

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