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BEERS, TEARS, AND IVYCHICAGO CUBS BLOG
Trade Rumblings Get Louder Over Byrd, Soriano and Garza CHICAGO,IL ---The Cubs are rumored to be in trade negotiations with multiple teams over the services of veteran outfielders Marlon Byrd and Alfonoso Soriano. The main reason for these talks is quite clear, the Cubs need to make room eventually for young upcoming outfielder Brett Jackson. Along with Jackson, the Cubs plan on moving current 1st baseman Brian LaHair to left field to make room for young prospect Anthony Rizzo. Byrd and Soriano just are not part of the future plans of the Chicago Cubs that has been envisioned by president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer. Matt Garza is another story. The Cubs are afraid they may not be able to extend Matt Garza long-term, and are open to trading him for prospects to help refill the minor league system. Garza has looked good this spring, and despite the large cloud hanging over his head, has thus far not let the trade talks effect his performance on the diamond. Although Garza is widely considered the Cubs best starting pitcher, the Cubs have acquired quite an influx of pitchers this offseason and currently have two major league caliber starting pitchers, Randy Wells and Travis Wood, sitting in triple-A Iowa. If the Cubs could deal Garza for a high end prospect or two, us here at the BTI Blog would be all for it. Happy trade hunting, Theo. Go Cubs Go!
CUBS SET ROTATION Here we go Cubs fans, this is the Cubs starting rotation for TCBL 2012. 1. Matt Garza2. Ryan Dempster3. Jeff Samardzija4. Paul Maholm5. Chris Volstad Manager Dale Sveum today announced his starting rotation going into TCBL Opening Day. Only one surprise, as Jeff Samardzija beat out Travis Wood, Casey Coleman and incumbent starter Randy Wells to make the rotation. Samardzija pitched the last game of Cubs spring training against the San Francisco Giants and did not disappoint, hurling 5 perfect innings without a baserunner. The start opened a lot of eyes, including Sveum's. "Jeff lit it up this spring. He deserves this, hes worked a lot this offseason. I am excited for him." Newly acquired pitchers Chris Volstad and Paul Maholm are the other newcomers to the rotation that is manned at the top with Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza. The Cubs starting pitching seems to be a strength for this club, as it is likely they wont score many runs and the bullpen doesn't look very promising. GO CUBS GO!
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