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As we’re just two weeks away from the MLB Trade Deadline, we’re looking at some of the biggest MILB prospect names that will be brought up by MLB GMs. Not saying any of these guys will be traded, but all of them will be talked about. Some are actually on the table; others are not.
Albert Almora passes the eye test before he even swings the bat. And he has the tools too. You can see why he had a $3.9 million signing bonus after being taken 6th overall in the 2012 MLB Draft. This kid can hit; his swing is pretty sweet and fluid. His bat will get him to the Chicago Cubs sooner rather than later. He also has the art of being a boring soundbite down. He’s Major League ready when it comes to giving you nothing but useless cliches in interviews.
Given how terrible the Cubs are right now, and the fact that their total tear down means 2015 is the EARLIEST this team will be competitive, I advise you to make the drive out to Geneva, IL. This is the first year the Chicago Cubs have the Kane C...
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Of course there's a mystery team involved at this point. There always is. However, Jim Bowden claims the Cubs and Rangers will get a trade done and, unfortunately, Neil Ramirez will be the "center piece" of the trade for Matt Garza.
The Rangers – Cubs…Matt Garza deal will get done and Neil Ramirez will be center piece according to source
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm...
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The man who dresses up as "Billy Cub" -- an unofficial mascot -- and interacts with fans received a cease and desist letter from the MLB due to "unabated Mascot Activities.”
Let's talk about a possible Jeff Samardzija extension for a bit.
Jeff Samardzija has been mentioned in some trade rumors though I find it unlikely he'll be traded. He's in his first year of arbitration this season and has two more before he can file for free agency after the 2015 season. The Cubs have a few options:
Give him a contract extension
Go through arbitration...
Daytona Cubs 3 @ Charlotte Stone Crabs 4 (11 innings)
Chadd Krist had the best daym, probably, with two singles and two walks. Ben Carhart and Dustin Geiger each added a double; Geiger also had two singles. Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-4 with a triple. That was every hit.
Yao-Lin Wang took the bump and was an out away from a QS. He went 5.2 innings but allowed only 2 runs. Austin...
The Chicago Cubs have told starting pitcher Matt Garza that he will likely be traded after talks between the two sides over a contract extension broke down. Garza is considered one of the top pitchers available via trade this summer and Chicago’s asking price is reportedly very high.
According to Jim Bowden, there is an 80 percent chance that Garza will be traded before his next...
Law came out with his earlier today and now it's John Sickels of Minor League Ball's turn. Below are the top Cubs prospects.
14. Javier Baez
18. Albert Almora
23. Jorge Soler
57. Arismendy Alcantara
His list does not include 2013 draftees.
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The Chicago Cubs have placed outfielder Brian Bogusevic on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder-infielder Junior Lake from Triple-A Iowa to fill his roster spot.
Bogusevic has a left hamstring strain. He is batting .261 in 13 games since being recalled last month.
Lake was batting .295 with four home runs and 18 RBIs at Iowa, where he made a delayed season debut in...
It is very likely that the Cubs deal Matt Garza, but we don't know where he'll land. The teams interested in Garza are the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Pirates, Indians and others, but it appears that the AL teams are in the lead in the Garza race and by a wide margain, according to this report from Tom Loxas of Cubs Now:
23-year-old Junior Lake will be added to Chicago’s 25-man roster and OF Brian Bogusevic will be placed on the DL before the Cubs open a three-game series at Colorado on Friday.
The Texas Rangers tried to acquire right-hander Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs a year ago, but an injury to Garza prevented the deal from happening.
Well, the Rangers are trying again.
The Rangers and Cubs have had extensive talks on Garza and discussed the framework of a trade, but other teams remain involved in the talks, according to major-league sources.
One of those teams...
So the Twitter-verse exploded Thursday night with numerous reports that the Rangers and Cubs were nearing a deal to send Matt Garza to Texas for up to 3 prospects. Names were even bandied about that included the likes of Luke Jackson, C.J. Edwards and a position player that varied between Mike Olt, Luis Sardinas or Jorge Alfaro. When it came to getting some of the Rangers top 20...
It appears that we’re close to having a winner in the Matt Garza sweepstakes.
FOXSports.com reports that the Rangers are close to acquiring Garza from the Cubs. According to the Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson, the deal, which involves six players, is “99 percent done” and the teams are now going over medical records.
The Cubs will receive a strong package of prospects for...
The walk-up music for Dan Vogelbach says it all. Whenever the Kane County Cougars first baseman comes up to bat, the Stadium audio blares the “BIG BOY” snippet from Nelly’s “Air Force Ones” over and over. You know it well, the refrain from the 2002 hip-hop hit. This music choice shows you that the 5’11″ 250 pound Chicago Cubs super-prospect has a grounded sense of self...
Our look at potential trade targets of Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies continues with a pair of Chicago Cubs: Nate Schierholtz and Carlos Villanueva.
Schierholtz, whom the Phillies non-tendered over the winter after acquiring last July as part of the Hunter Pence trade, has had the best first-half of his career after finally getting to play every day.
Schierholtz has hit .269...