The Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations is enjoying success atop a thriving rebuild, but he’s a free agent after next season, so to speak.
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The Cubs’ $1 million deal for Dominican Republic third baseman Christian Martinez won’t be coming to fruition.
How’s that for an honest headline? Let’s talk about what this means, if anything.
I wonder if any recent injuries pushed a team to act.
Utley has full no-trade rights, so there was always a peculiar hurdle to getting a deal done.
How significant would the upgrade be, and what are the possible downsides?
The big, lefty bat is the newest Cubs prospect.
With full no-trade rights, Utley can control where he goes.
With Joe Panik out, the fit certainly makes sense.
Martinez is the top international free agent on the market, and an impact prospect.
Teams scout players/other teams all the time, though the timing here is interesting, as well as the need to see him back from injury.
In the end, the contract was just too ugly for any other team to want as is. Will the Padres deal Shields now?
Are the Cubs still interested? Will a team ahead of them make a claim?
Making deals is August is tricky, but the Cubs have been trying.
Why didn’t the Cubs make any huge moves? Did they have the money if they’d wanted to? Did they have the prospects?
The 36-year-old second baseman has been out with an ankle injury since June, so it’s hard to say how he projects down the stretch.
July marked the end of the period where players can freely be traded – but that’s not necessarily the end of all trading.
Lots of activity there at the deadline besides the Cubs’ two moves.
The Cubs’ first move is for a rental, back-end arm.