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Alfonso Soriano Traded to the…..For……

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The big news on Twitter yesterday was the conversation that took place between Alfonso Soriano and Theo / Jed. At the end of the conversation, they came away with an agreement with Soriano to waive his no trade rights in exchange for a deal to a certain list of teams. He has said he’d like to win a ring before he retires. The rumors have been around a deal to the Yankees so you have to imagine that they are on the list. Who else is on it or how long it is is anyone’s guess. What’s important at this point is the Yankees. Rumors are that the the holdup to the  deal being discussed, while still “far” away, primarily revolves around the money owed to Soriano and who picks up how much. Since it’s the Yankees, you have to imagine Theo and Jed are asking them to absorb more than they would normally ask a team like Texas. They know the Yankees can afford it and they know they are in desperite times at this point with key guys making a lot of money all on the DL for most of the season. I still maintain that there is no rush on the Soriano move other than the fact that the Yankees, if they are truly interested, may either fall out of the race or decide to punt on Soriano and go after someone like Alex Rios. Soriano is a name you can move in August because his contract will clear waivers. There is no rush. Still, I can see a move for Sori completed before the end of the weekend. We’ll just have to be patient and stay glued to Twitter.

  • David DeJesus returned to the lineup after being on the DL and had a 2-for-6 night. It’s good to have him back. I like him as the leadoff hitter for this team. He’s just a decent baseball player. He’s not a star, but he’s a guy I like on my team.
  • Another multi-hit game for Junior Lake with a double and a single and and RBI. He played LF, giving Soriano a mental day off with all the trade rumors swirling.
  • The fact that Nate Schierholtz is hitting and hitting well is such a plus right now. We’ve got a series coming with San Francisco so you know he’s gonna be jacked about playing against his old team. I’m really hopping he has nights like he did in this game to show teams he can help down the stretch.
  • I’ve decided that I’m against giving Jeff Samardzija # 1 or even # 2 starter money when it comes to contract time. I like him, but I just don’t believe in him enough to trust he’ll be consistent and worth the money.
  • Don’t look now, but we’re about to pass San Francisco in the Wild Card standings and gaining ground on Washington. If I would have said we were going to type that at this point before the season would have started, you would have guessed the Cubs were in contention. Instead it’s been the Giants and Nats that have been disappointing this year.
  • Pedro Strop for president!!!!

by Rob Willer

Mike Olt  makes his Iowa Cubs debut.

Mike Olt (3B, Age 24)

Assigned to Triple A Iowa. July 23rd.

Triple A Stats: 268 AB’s, .213 .317 .422, 12 HR 33 RBI’s (Triple A Round Rock)

Background Info: Olt was a highly regarded prospect with the Texas Rangers last year being ranked the number 22 prospect overall across baseball. He got off to a tough start this spring as he was dealing with vision issues and struggled at Triple A Round Rock in April and May. Recently he got the problem corrected and his numbers have steadily improved with his average up to. 213 and his power has returned with 11 home runs. Most likely Olt will get the majority of time at 3rd base raising questions on what to do with former top draft pick Josh Vitters. Currently Olt is ranked at 43 by MLB.com and was regarded as the center piece of the Matt Garza deal.

Summary of the Game: Back to the game, Olt played third base as expected an batted sixth in the Iowa Cubs lineup. He struck out in his first at bat on a high fastball out of the zone. On the night Olt went 1 for 5 with three strikeouts and a single. During the 6th inning, Olt singled to left and was robbed of an RBI as Donnie Murphy got thrown out at home. He showed great skills in the field with adjusting on a high hop chopper to get the out at first. Brooks Raley started for the Iowa Cubs and pitched brilliantly going seven strong innings giving up three hits and one run while striking out six. Raley was recently up with the Cubs mostly pitching in long-relief. Interesting note to end with is that Vitters started in left-field for the Iowa Cubs going one for three with a single and a walk. Since Vitters is now blocked at third base the Cubs are trying to give him opportunities to play other positions to get enough at bats.

Story-lines to Watch Going Forward: Olt’s progress at Iowa and how long it will be until he is up with the Cubs and playing third base regularly with them at the big league level. Justin Grimm who also was part of the Garza trade will be on the mound Friday for the Iowa Cubs. Grimm has bounced around this season as he made 17 starts with the Rangers to go along with a 6.37 earned run average. This in turn gives Grimm time to work out a few kinks at the Triple A level before trying to earn a spot in the Cubs rotation later on in August and years going forward. Either way it should be a fun week seeing some of our new acquisitions contribute at the minor league level.

Be on the lookout later on this week as I break down the Cubs system position by position evaluating the talent. Make sure to follow me @Rob_Willer for the latest Cubs Minor League News.

  • Chuck

    I would not bother doing a position by position breakdown until after the trade deadline. Many things could change between now and then.

    If I were Theo and Company, I would be on the lookout for a disgruntled young MLB level player to swoop in on with all this talent in the minors. I believe prospects are the overvalued commodity of the day for non-small market teams. Stanton looks to be perfect target for this. I would throw a Shark, Vitters, and Brett Jackson deal out there to see if it sticks. Stanton is 5 years younger than Shark and is a position player so the injury risk is much less.

    • PLCB3

      I’ve been thinking along those lines too, but with Beaz in place of Shark. Because Stanton is 23, I would be willing to part with Beaz for him. Vitters and Jackson I’ve given up on.

      • BANE

        No way do the Marlins trade Stanton for just 1 big prospect in Baez and two average prospects. It usually takes two A prospects along with 1 or 2 B-C prospects. Remember the Cabrera trade? Marlins got two A prospects in C Maybin and A Miller along with other prospects. Now Cabrera had more value but even Stanton has a lot of value. Now in order to trade for Stanton you’d have to throw in someone like Mike Olt depending on how the Marlins view him or a guy like Almora, Soler, or Alcantara along with Baez. That’s usually how it works in baseball when trading for a proven 23 year old baseball star with the only exception being he has been injury prone.

        Reason teams always demand two A prospects for a guy like Miggy or Stanton is most of the time one of those prospects is going to be a bust. Unfortunately for the Marlins, both Maybin and Miller never got close to their potential. They’re serviceable, just not what you’d be expecting in return when trading a superstar like Cabrera. Peace!!!!

      • PLCB3

        Who would you add to that trio to sweeten the pot? Would you consider taking on another player, the way the Tigers had to take on Willis to get Cabrera? Cabrera has totally been worth the quadruple barrel cost: Giving up good players, taking on Willis, giving Willis a 40M contract, and giving Cabrera a 150M contract.

      • BANE

        I’d rather not trade for him because of his injury history. However, to your point, I’d include Mike Olt if not Almora. Just because I think that their ceiling is lower than that of Solver or Alcantara. The latter being someone I think can be a 20/30 guy at second base. But I’d rather not make that trade since I’m super high on Baez and don’t think Stanton will age right due to his body type, more of a DH.

    • Joe Aiello

      How is the injury risk much less for a position player that plays 150 games a year vs. someone who plays 35?

      • Chuck

        Pitchers are much more likely to face sudden, injury related, declines that position players. The act of pitching is an inherently unnatural act that puts you at a much higher risk of injury than hitting or fielding.

        This is why giving long-term deals (5+ years) to pitchers anywhere near 30 is insane.

      • Joe Aiello

        I don’t agree with that premise. I’d love to see the data on that. If we use just this season as our sample, we’ve have a what I’d equate to a footlong with ranch dressing amount of position player injuries, but only a few bites from a 6″ with no ranch worth of pitcher injuries.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        And where do the white chocolate raspberry cookies come in?

      • Eddie Von White

        On the bench, next to the Gatorade.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        And where do the white chocolate raspberry cookies come in?

      • PLCB3

        Because pitching is not a natural motion

      • AC0000000

        Because pitching is not a natural motion

      • BANE

        How long have you been watching baseball to think that pitchers are a safer bet to stay healthy as opposed to position players?

      • Joe Aiello

        Again, I’d like to see the data. I have a feeling it’s a common misconception.

    • BANE

      No way do they consider this trade. Teams are always asking for potential stars when trading one away, especially one that is still 23 yes old. Jackson and Vitters aren’t considered that anymore, more like busts. Plus, the Shark is about to get paid and last time I checked, the Marlins hate those type of players.

  • Chuck

    I would not bother doing a position by position breakdown until after the trade deadline. Many things could change between now and then.

    If I were Theo and Company, I would be on the lookout for a disgruntled young MLB level player to swoop in on with all this talent in the minors. I believe prospects are the overvalued commodity of the day for non-small market teams. Stanton looks to be perfect target for this. I would throw a Shark, Vitters, and Brett Jackson deal out there to see if it sticks. Stanton is 5 years younger than Shark and is a position player so the injury risk is much less.

  • Eddie Von White

    Couldn’t agree more about DeJesus, Lake, Schierholtz, and Smardzja. When it comes to the Nationals, I half expected them to crash after they checked out last year by benching Strasburg during the playoffs. It has to do with some law of the universe which I don’t have a name for.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      We should name it the Slammed Door Law, if you fail to wak through an obviously wide open opportunnity that door will slam shut on you quickly with disaterous results. The Cubs have walked inot the Slammed Door too many times to list.

      • I like to think of it as the meatball marinara clause. Because if you are standing in line getting green peppers, banana peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, and black olives on your meatball marinara sandwich and *don’t* have the pimply teen fill that sucker up with ranch, you don’t deserve a delicious lunch.

      • PLCB3

        Hold the olives, add spinach and cucumbers

      • Eddie Von White

        The SDL for short, a.k.a. the MMC.

    • Sean_in_Blue

      I have to defend Smardjgdhfgs, he has continually improved in the past couple of years. He’s still a little inconsistent this year, but he’s also only been performing to his potential in occasional starts since halfway through last season. If he is still this inconsistent a year from now, sure, but why not see where his trend of improvement takes him before pulling the trigger. I’m also a believer in the fact that Smardjyrwtc’s arm is still young, despite his over the hill 28-years-old status.

      • Interesting you bring that up. Last night he and Barney collided and the sportscasters said he was “playing defensive back.” Apparently Shark used to play college football at Notre Dame.

      • Doug S.

        Barney must have got the worst of that deal.

      • Interesting you bring that up. Last night he and Barney collided and the sportscasters said he was “playing defensive back.” Apparently Shark used to play college football at Notre Dame.

      • Eddie Von White

        You have caused me to do some internal soul searching as to why I am skeptical of Smardjgdrwtc. Is it his pitching that upsets me or his ugliness? A football helmet and face guard can cover a lot of ugly. Not so much with just a baseball cap. If he is still this ugly a year from now…

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        My wife keeps asking if that is Smardjsdfjk up in the bullpen every time Russell gets up, I have decided to nickname Russell the left handed shark in response.

      • Sean_in_Blue

        I don’t like my pitchers pretty. I like them frightening small children during charity visits and having butch girlfriends. But to each his own.

      • Eddie Von White

        I just don’t like them frightening me.

      • Eddie Von White

        You have caused me to do some internal soul searching as to why I am skeptical of Smardjgdrwtc. Is it his pitching that upsets me or his ugliness? A football helmet and face guard can cover a lot of ugly. Not so much with just a baseball cap. If he is still this ugly a year from now…

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        My wife keeps asking if that is Smardjsdfjk up in the bullpen every time Russell gets up, I have decided to nickname Russell the left handed shark in response.

  • Eddie Von White

    Couldn’t agree more about DeJesus, Lake, Schierholtz, and Smardzja. When it comes to the Nationals, I half expected them to crash after they checked out last year by benching Strasburg during the playoffs. It has to do with some law of the universe which I don’t have a name for.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      We should name it the Slammed Door Law, if you fail to wak through an obviously wide open opportunnity that door will slam shut on you quickly with disaterous results. The Cubs have walked inot the Slammed Door too many times to list.

  • Seymour Butts

    I know it was getting late there on the least coast, but did anyone mention we won last night?

  • PLCB3

    Tigers just got the Astros closer:
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9518364/detroit-tigers-acquire-houston-astros-closer-jose-veras-trade

    Come on Theo, let’s trade Gregg away soon. The Red Sox need bullpen help after losing Miller for the season with a broken foot.