2012 MLB Trade Rumors: Details and Grades for Each Chicago Cubs Deadline Trade

July 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The trade deadline has come and gone, and while they did not unload everyone who was rumored to be on the block, the Chicago Cubs did manage to swing a trio of trades before the deadline as they focused on strengthening the farm system, especially in the form of pitching talent.So here is a detailed look at those four deals, who the Cubs moved, who the Cubs acquired and a grade for the deal. Geovany Soto to Texas Rangers Rangers Received: C Geovany SotoCubs Received: RHP Jacob BrighamThe Cubs kicked off their trade deadline activity by shipping catcher Geovany Soto to the Rangers for ...

Full Scouting Report on Rangers’ Prospects Dealt for Ryan Dempster

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The Chicago Cubs continued their youth movement at the 2012 MLB trade deadline by trading Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers for prospects Christian Villanueva and Kyle Hendricks.Major League Baseball's official Twitter page had the specifics: UPDATE: @rangers sending 2 Minor Leaguers - 3B Christian Villaneuva and RHP Kyle Hendricks - to the @cubs in exchange for Ryan Dempster.— MLB (@MLB) July 31, 2012 If you have been watching baseball at all this season—or at any point over the last decade—you've seen enough of Dempster to know what he will bring to the table for Ron Washington's club.Unless you cover the Rangers ...

Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein Flexes Negotiating Muscle in Trade with Braves

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The offseason came and went with big name free agents such as Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson all going somewhere besides Chicago. David DeJesus wasn't exactly what Cubs fans were expecting as Theo Epstein's "big splash."Epstein came in and made moves that didn't make headlines such as trading for Anthony Rizzo, signing DeJesus and Paul Maholm and trading Sean Marshall.Rizzo became a star in the minors before breaking into the majors and seemingly never looking back. Marshall was turned into starter Travis Wood, who put together a string of quality starts that gave reason to believe he can ...

MLB Trade Rumors: Power Ranking Best Landing Spots for Cubs’ Ryan Dempster

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The Chicago Cubs appear desperate to trade starting pitcher Ryan Dempster ahead of Tuesday's deadline, and three potential suitors have distanced themselves from the field. According to David Kaplan of, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees are the most likely landing spots for Dempster.Dempster is having a strong rebound season with a record of 5-5, a 2.25 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He has been a streaky pitcher over the course of his career, but this has been his best year since 2008. There is no guarantee that Dempster will continue to pitch at such ...

Chicago Cubs Trade Rumors: The Hottest Trade Chatter Heading into the Deadline

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July 31 marks the World Series of the year for the Chicago Cubs and its front office. The trade deadline will come and go with the opportunity to restock a farm system that has underachieved for so long. Now's the time for Theo Epstein to earn his paycheck. Who stays and who goes?Here's the latest news and rumors for the Chicago Cubs as we approach Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline.Begin Slideshow

MLB Trade Rumors: Ryan Dempster to Athletics Would Be Great Move for Cubs

July 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ryan Dempster remains on the market, and it appears the Dodgers are the only viable trade partner. The blame has fallen on Dempster, who has given the Cubs a narrow field to work with in this trade season.That doesn't mean he is to blame, but the Dodgers' lack of strong prospects makes them hesitant to deal any of their good ones for the 35-year-old veteran—a veteran who has the second-best ERA in baseball behind Ryan Vogelsong.The deal that was in place with the Braves was the best deal for the Cubs, but that scenario has been covered, and everyone has ...

MLB Trade Rumors: Chicago Cubs Should Unload Geovany Soto Before It’s Too Late

July 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In what has been a surprise to many, the slumping Chicago Cubs have been fairly silent as Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer approach their first trade deadline in the North Side front office.While a trade for pitcher Ryan Dempster with the Atlanta Braves is still up in the air, and Matt Garza's future with the Cubs continues to linger, one player the team must look to move before the deadline is starting catcher Geovany Soto.According to Andy Martino of, the Cubs and New York Mets have discussed a trade involving the former Rookie of the Year winner, but it ...

MLB Trade Rumors: Matt Garza to Dodgers Would Be Great Move for Cubs

July 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With Ryan Dempster practically forcing the Chicago Cubs to only negotiate with one team for a trade, thereby eliminating any leverage the team has to get the best deal, the smartest move for the team to make is putting Matt Garza out there for anyone to make an offer. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, not only is there a suitor for Garza but it is also the same team that Dempster reportedly had at the top of his trade list.  Cubs not resting on their laurels continue trade discussions with Dodgers on deal that would send Matt Garza for package including ...

Chicago Cubs: Grading the 1st Year of the Theo Epstein Era

July 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This is the time of year when Theo Epstein is used to making the rounds on the phone, desperately trying to convince general managers of waning teams to surrender their players. After all, Epstein always found himself needing players right around this time of year. He had a contender to feed.Things are a little different for Epstein this year. He always had a contender on his hands when he was the GM of the Boston Red Sox. He's now the President of Baseball Operations and general savior of the Chicago Cubs, a team that probably has the word "contention" framed ...

Chicago Cubs Handcuffed by Ryan Dempster’s Stubbornness

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Ryan Dempster is a great pitcher. But the way he has played the media and the fans may make his last few days, or months, with the Chicago Cubs as bumpy as they've ever been. As of now, the Atlanta Braves have moved on from trading 22-year-old pitcher Randall Delgado for Dempster, a move that excited Cubs fans, and would have enshrined Dempster as a guy who always kept the Cubs' interests close to his heart.However, when word leaked that the trade was agreed to, Dempster took to the airwaves to voice his displeasure and say "there is no trade." Now ...

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