This snip comes from Barry Rozner today in the Daily Herald. Apparently there is a rumor of Maddux going to the Dodgers in a trade before the trade deadline along with Aramis Ramirez.
Not only is Dodger Stadium the best ballpark for Maddux, it might be the right destination for several other Cubs.
The Dodgers are the perfect trading partner because they need Maddux, third baseman Aramis Ramirez and any of the veteran arms at the end of the bullpen.
They’re also loaded with young players, and if the Cubs want to improve quickly, that’s one place they’ll look.
I can’t decide what I think about dealing a guy like Ramirez. On the one hand, he appears to have topped out valuewise and now would be the time to trade him. On the other hand, that would once again leave us with the infamous Ron Santo hole at third again for who knows how many years. The Dodgers do have an intriguing farm though. Here are some names for you to chew on:
Chad Billingsley (SP) – He’s been in the bigs this season and would give a great young arm. The chances of him moving are slim.
Andy LaRoche (3b) – Now this guy has the makings of a great replacement for us at 3b. He’s close to major league ready and will be a player very similar to Ryan Zimmerman.
Scott Elbert (SP) – This is a young lefty who has the potential to hit the mid 90’s with his fastball. He has made two starts for Double A Jacksonville and has an ERA of 0.82. He was promoted after pitching 88 and 2/3 inning of 2.37 ERA ball while striking out 97
One thing is for sure. If the Cubs do decide to work with LA, Jim Hendry better scrape for all he can get. It could be his last run at glory.