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CHC/BAL Claim of RP Alex Ramirez

August 18, 2018 - 01:04 PM

Not sure if we missed the cutoff, but in case we still have time:


Orioles send:


RP Alex Ramirez (AAA Norfolk, claimed by Chicago)



Cubs send:


SP John Jenkins (R-Mesa)

SP Johnny Bechtel (R-Mesa)



While we just recently drafted both SPs, our hopes for their long-term futures aren't great, and Ramirez looks interesting. Thanks Andy, BAL to confirm.


August 01, 2018 - 07:33 PM

Cubs send:

LF Eric Thames (not on 40 man roster, DFA limbo)

Cardinals send:

3B Andrew Arevalo (A-Peoria)

A simple rebuilding move. Thanks Ryan, STL to confirm.

Cubs/Indians Trade

July 30, 2018 - 01:49 AM

Cubs send:


SP Henderson Alvarez (MLB)


Indians send:


SS Luis De La Rosa (A-Lake County)




Alvarez, a former 20 game winner who performed well in a brief MLB stint in 2017, was brought in as a flip candidate. He performed moderately, and ultimately was not a big enough deadline name to garner a large return. We add a mid-twenties infielder who is years away from Rule 5 eligibility and pave the way for another starter to get MLB time. Ultimately a win as Alvarez wants $4M+ in free agency.


Thanks as always Ayden, CLE to confirm. 

Cubs Trade Block - 2018 Deadline Edition

July 24, 2018 - 08:54 AM

The Best of the Best


SP Henderson Alvarez - above average ratings, sub-4.00 FIP

LF Eric Thames - 60 power

LOOGY/1B Sean Doolittle - Hasn't given up an ER to lefties all season, 146 OPS+ with the bat

RP Kenneth Giles - 65 stuff, 11 saves, pre-arb arm

SS Dorssys Paulino - 23 year old SS with a plus arm

RF Richard Slack - 65 contact


SP Michael Fiers - veteran back-end starter with wipeout curveball

RP Scott Alexander - 2.35 ERA and 10.6 K/9

RP Brett Bochy - 70 stuff


The Rest


1B Darin Holcomb - interesting last name

1B Murray Watts - longtime Cubs farmhand looking for a new home


3B Cody Asche - "Asche is likable."

SP Nick Tropeano - can start or relieve

3B Didi Gregorius - perfect multi-positional bench piece


Cubs/Rays Trade

July 21, 2018 - 03:43 PM

Cubs send:


SP Yu Darvish (MLB)


Rays send:


1B Erik Hooper (R-Port Charlotte)

CF Teddy Land (R-Port Charlotte) 



We brought in Darvish because he had great ratings, was a cheap veteran, and we thought if he performed well we could flip him for a decent haul towards the deadline. Darvish went on to post a 4.59 ERA and just 1 WAR in 17 starts, so the return is much more modest. We acquire two teenagers with great eyes and now have the opportunity to start more of our Rule 5 guys in the rotation.


Thanks John, Rays to confirm.