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Who will be left come spring training?
Posted 10 January 2012 - 05:49 PM
Here's my list of probables, most likely, and don't let the door hit you in the ass:
Ryan Dempster - I think he's gone at the trade deadline.
Matt Garza - He's gone before Spring to the Tigers.
Carlos Marmol - Trade deadline.
Marcos Mateo - Gone by this weekend one way or another.
Randy Wells - Trade deadline. Replaced with younger talent.
Geovany Soto - Trade deadline. Replaced with younger talent.
Jeff Baker - Gone at the end of the year.
Bryan LaHair - End of Year.
Marlon Byrd - Spring. Red Sox?
Alfonso Soriano - Spring. Please take him Orioles.
I dunno. I just see a huge youth movement, and these guys are all on the old side of the roster.
Posted 10 January 2012 - 06:31 PM
I don't think Garza is going to be traded. The Cubs asking price is currently higher than teams are going to pay, I think. Waiting to either trade him at the deadline or lock him up long term seems like a better option than settling for a lesser package.
I think we are just entering the time for Soriano's market to open up. When most free agents sign, and teams are looking to fill holes, he's going to get some interest.
Posted 11 January 2012 - 02:06 PM
I don't think the Cubs are looking to deal Soto right now, though. I would think that he might be in danger of being traded at the trade deadline, but if I were in their shoes, I'd give him a shot to start off hot (based on his past good performance on even numbered years). If he does well, his stock goes up, and they can get more for him. Maybe at that point we have someone ready to replace him.
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