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Cubs September Rotation?
Posted 13 July 2012 - 12:51 PM
I really just wonder how much of the starting pitching is going to be traded. I don’t see the Cubs trading all three of Garza, Dempster and Maholm. That’s three starters you have to replace in your rotation, and you’re probably going to shut down Smardzija at a point where you’ll need another starter for 5-6 games. If prospects are the only return you’re looking for, what is the Cubs’ September starting pitching staff? Wood, Volstad, Coleman, Rusin and Rowland-Smith?
Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:17 PM
Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:29 PM
September? Who knows. I'd like to think we get some nearly-ready prospect and call him up. I'd like to grab Pomeranz from the Rockies if we could- I think that kid has some serious potential.
Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:14 AM
Posted 14 July 2012 - 12:15 PM
Garza not a sure thing to be traded at all. He's 28 years old and remains under contract after this year. Young with plenty of years left in him should keep the Cubbies from moving him unless they get blown away by an offer. I think they will get blown away with all the interest we've been reading (if the rumors are true). I think he's gone to the highest bidder.
Maholm is 30 years old and not considered nearly as good as the first two guys, though the way he's pitched over his last 5 or so starts has made him look the part. He is older, so I think it would take less to pry him away from the Cubs, but I think he's still young enough with a good enough contract to keep them from moving him for anything less than a couple decent prospects. I'm not real sure what Theo and Jed consider 'decent' though. My gut says they won't get a good enough offer to warrant trading Maholm, but I'm been wrong several times before.
It would be great to see the Cubs trade all 3 of these guys for a bunch of top 100 prospects and restock our farm system even more than they ever have. Will that happen? I dunno. Luke brought up some really good points as to why this is a better seller's market than it has been in the past (i.e. additional wildcard team). Would like to hear his thoughts on this one.
Posted 14 July 2012 - 11:07 PM
Garza is almost certainly gone, unless he agrees to a team-friendly extension before the trade deadline. I can't imagine that he'd be worth more in the off-season than he'll be worth on July 31, when his new team would have him for their stretch run, all of next season, and still receive two high draft picks if they make a minimum offer (in the $12-13 range) and he signs elsewhere. Jed and Theo may not be happy with the return they get for Garza, but there's little chance they'd get a better offer later.
I think Maholm stays, since his market value is perhaps a B prospect, and trading all three pitchers would put incredible stress on the bullpen.
I would be shocked if the Cubs traded Castro, Rizzo or Javier Baez. Otherwise, I think everyone else is available, other than the first-year players.
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