Cubs Get a Big Return From the Rangers For Matt Garza
Jul22

Cubs Get a Big Return From the Rangers For Matt Garza

The Chicago Cubs traded Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers today, first reported by Ken Rosenthal. The initial deal from Rosenthal looked big. Source: #Cubs will acquire Triple A IF Mike Olt, Single A RHP C.J. Edwards and a third player from #Rangers for Garza. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 22, 2013 Jess Passan added the third piece going to Chicago, and said there’s also a player to be named later. Final deal: Cubs...

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Pirates Are the “Team Du Jour” For Matt Garza
Jul21

Pirates Are the “Team Du Jour” For Matt Garza

The Pittsburgh Pirates are the “team du jour” for Chicago Cubs starter, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. If you don’t know what that means, perhaps this will help. Wittenmyer points out that Neal Huntington suggested this afternoon that he has sought pitching, and said he has the flexibility to add payroll within reason. It sounds more like speculation and connecting the dots, but we do know...

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Trade Values: Hunter Pence
Jul20

Trade Values: Hunter Pence

Earlier today we heard a sort of non-rumor about Hunter Pence. Jon Heyman reported the Pirates are interested in Pence, but that the Giants aren’t looking to trade him at the moment. The Giants still see themselves in contention, since they’re 5.5 games back, despite being fourth in their division and having a losing record. They also would need to be overwhelmed to deal Pence. To get an idea of what Pence is worth,...

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Pirates Interested in Hunter Pence, But Giants Unlikely to Trade Him
Jul20

Pirates Interested in Hunter Pence, But Giants Unlikely to Trade Him

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have interest in San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence. Heyman says that unless things change, Pence is staying in San Francisco. The Giants would only deal Pence if they were out of the race and overwhelmed, according to Heyman. Right now the Giants don’t have a good record, but they’re only five and a half back in the weak NL West. Even though...

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Trade Values: Alexei Ramirez
Jul19

Trade Values: Alexei Ramirez

Last night we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking at Alex Rios, and also might consider Alexei Ramirez. I’ve already done a Trade Values article on Rios. That article included a brief estimate of the value of Ramirez, although that came from just glancing at his stats and contracts, rather than digging in deep and looking at him closer. With last night’s rumor, I decided to look closer at Ramirez. NOTE: The...

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Pirates Looking at Alex Rios; Might Be Looking at Alexei Ramirez
Jul19

Pirates Looking at Alex Rios; Might Be Looking at Alexei Ramirez

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at Alex Rios, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. He also adds that “people familiar with Pittsburgh’s thinking suggest they wouldn’t be surprised if the Pirates expand the talks to include Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez”. That’s similar to the trade idea Jim Bowden floated out there a week ago, although I don’t think the cost would be anything close to Gregory...

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