Cubs Bizzare Stove Starting to Boil Over

UPDATE: Dale Sveum calls the reports a “fabrication” and blames “the Twitter, the Facebook” for out of control reporting.  I’m not sure it was completely made up, since it came from a number of reputable reporters, but premature is not out of the question at all, as it regards to a Ryan Dempster trade.  Again, more to come…

Ryan Dempster was traded today to the Atlanta Braves for, in principle, RHP Randall Delgado.  Or was he?  Multiple outlets, including cubs.com reported that a trade had been completed.  Many of those same outlets and Dempster himself have also said that no deal is done.  Dempster showed up this afternoon in the Cubs’ clubhouse and tweeted that he had no idea where the trade rumors were coming from.  From the Cubs’ perspective, acquiring a 22 year old starting pitcher with controllability is exactly what the front office is looking to do, especially if it  comes for a 35 year old pitcher in the last year of his contract.  Delgado is a consensus Top 100 prospect in baseball, and Baseball America had him rated as the Braves #3 prospect entering the season.  As is generally the case, more to come on whether or not this trade actually goes down…

The Cubs are also rumored to be deep in discussions with the Dodgers, with the principles in a deal being pitchers Matt Garza and Zach Lee.  Lee is the #35 overall mlb.com prospect this season.  The Cubs are Dodgers were deep in discussions centering around Dempster, but were abandoned because the Cubs presumably wanted Lee for Dempster, which the Dodgers were not willing to do for a rental player.  Garza is under team control through next (2013) season, which would make a Lee deal a little more enticing for the Dodgers.

There are several other names being discussed, such as Darwin Barney (Tigers), Paul Maholm (any team looking for starting pitching), Alfonso Soriano (any team willing to take him), and veterans Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker.

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