The Cubs reportedly aren’t interested in Jon Niese anymore. Any other pitcher trades make sense? A familiar face, perhaps? Plus so much more from the rumor mill.
Chicago Cubs Rumors
Rumor bits to discuss, together with roster moves and frustrating baseball.
Is Niese the guy he was a few years ago? Or is here purely a back-end depth guy? And if the latter, how much is he really worth?
It’s almost July, but the true sellers still haven’t emerged from the pack.
The Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations discussed a range of topics in a few radio interviews this morning.
Kazmir has made sense as a rental for the Cubs for a while. This just adds a little to that discussion.
Are the Cubs going to pick up a pitcher sooner rather than later? Are the recent Hamels/Rangers rumors going anywhere? Are the Reds selling?
How active will the Cubs be on the trade market? How much salary can they take on? And how do those things relate to the new IFA period, coming in 10 days?
We’ll see if this heats up, but, for now, it emphasizes how fluid the trade market is.
The Cubs are “clearly in contention,” so they’ll continue to look for upgrades – including on the starting pitching side.
Another report has the Cubs among the teams gearing up to spend big this year.
Keeping in mind that teams scout other teams’ systems all the time, there is a plausible connection here with respect to Jonathan Papelbon.
You never quite know what the Phillies will seek in return, but it seems highly likely that a sell-off is coming. Papelbon can block trades to many teams.
The lefty ace will be one of the top free agents after this season, and he wants to go somewhere that sounds a lot like Chicago.
The draft is over, and the rumors are now going to start flying even more aggressively.
This is coming even after the Cubs got Rafael Soriano.
With an earlier return, not much might change with the Cubs’ midseason plans (whatever they are). Now? It’s a little more difficult.
If Soriano’s stuff has returned, he’d immediately be a big help in the Cubs’ bullpen.