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  1. Cubs accept. Lucroy is on the block and we might need a new catcher soon. Perhaps Stryker can be that.
  2. Cubs send: RP Tyler Green (MLB, 100% retained) Mariners send: RP Don Adams (MLB) CF Daniel Franklin (A- Everett) Green is struggling a bit, and unwilling to discuss a contract extension with me. As the Cubs shift to 2023, we get a similarly-struggling, 2-years-younger bounceback candidate in Don Adams, plus an upgrade to our Single-A first baseman. We believe Daniel Franklin will have a chance to prove himself with everyday at-bats in the Cubs system. Thanks Seattle, Kaiser to confirm.
  3. Thanks, Jim. OUR FIRST TRADE!!!! GET HYPEDDDD!! Luna is not in our 2023 plans, and although we were hoping to make a slightly bigger splash with this sell, Leach is a quality add at a low acquisition cost for us. Cubs accept.
  4. Cubs send: P Taijuan Walker (MLB) - 100% retention White Sox send: LF Tyler Hill (AA) - 24 year old batter on minimum contract Walker is not part of our 2023 plans but Hill could be. Glad to know the Crosstown trade pipeline isn’t dead even after Hodges departs. Thanks Greg, White Sox to confirm.
  5. EDIT: I screwed up the last name. Sorry
  6. Phillies send: CF Greg T. Jones (A- Williamsport) Cubs send: SP Elijah Manning (MLB) The Cubs have too many majors-quality SP and only 5 (or 6) slots, so we elect to offload one of them for an interesting middle infield / center field prospect with a bit more length in team control. Thanks Jerry - PHI to confirm.
  7. Yankees send: SS Rafael Luna (60% retention) SP Marcos Galindo (AAA Scranton) Cubs send: SS Starlin Castro 1B Preston Roths (AAA Iowa) Roths is a nice young player at just 24 years old, coming off a .869 OPS season at AAA. But his defense leaves something to be desired for an NL team and is a better fit in the thumping Yankees lineup. In exchange, we get an interesting pitcher, and Rafael Luna, who joins our Spring Training shortstop tryouts along with the recently acquired Tomas Arteaga. And with that, we bid farewell to our beloved Starlin Castro once again. Starlin - you're a great ballplayer who will do well in New York. But with Gavin Lux's emergence, your status as a stopgap had to come to an end. We love you. Thanks Rhett; NYY to confirm.
  8. Cubs send: 2B Shaun Keppinger (MLB) SS Anthony Volpe (A- Eugene) RP Will Stanley (R Mesa) Orioles send: MI Tomas Arteaga (MLB) Cubs have been searching for a shortstop all offseason (and even before then, since the Aurelio Rivera signing didn't work out). At worst, we think Arteaga can handle the position defensively. At best, he also gets on base a bit, and the pieces we give up aren't anything crazy awesome although to Drew's credit they are intriguing. Thanks Baltimore, Drew to confirm.
  9. Cubs accept. Although I’m excited for Jake Burger’s first full season, I am always a bit scared of injury or sophomore slump, and Pablo helps cover those bases at an above average clip. As Anthony said, Diaz is the real prize here - he finally put it together after literal years of up and down performance. I hope he keeps it up for you! The rest are decent depth pieces we were willing to part with. Parker leaves because our bullpen is crowded. Rhodes is more suited for an AL team. And Moreno is a great defender, but a bit far off for me to be terribly invested. Thanks, Anthony!
  10. Cubs send: SP Richard Dean (MLB) SS Aurelio Rivera (MLB) White Sox send: RF Sam Wicks (R-Great Falls) Richard Dean is the kind of pitcher we like - some interesting pitches, some length, and a lot of control. But as the Cubs were putting together our tentative majors rotation next year, Dean was the odd man out. (Apparently we have too many starters we think are above average.) For giving up a pitcher like Dean, we get a lottery ticket to help feed my gambling hobby, and unload a modest contract off our books of a free agent signing who just didn’t work out… giving us the space to make *another* signing in the near future that may or may not work out itself. And so, the cycle continues. Maybe. Thanks as always Hodges, White Sox to confirm.
  11. Cubs send: 1B/RP Brendon McKay (MLB) Pirates send: C Jerry Caine (AAA) Cubs have been searching for some high minors catching depth to fill an organizational void. Our two-way experiment with McKay failed, so we are happy returning him back to Pittsburgh for a decent catcher. Thanks Greg, PIT to confirm.
  12. Cubs send: 3B Pablo Sandoval 50% retention Cleveland sends: SP Anthony Klumpp (AAA) Thanks for the deal, Ayden! I can't tell if I fleeced you, you fleeced me, or if this is exactly an even deal. Time will tell. Pablo is better than people think he is and will lead you to a title, at the same time paving the way for Yordan Alvarez and Jake Burger to play fuuuuuull time. Thanks Ayden, CLE to confirm.
  13. Cubs send: SS Jose Iglesias (MLB) Mariners send: RP Ricardo Galvan (Rookie) The Cubs are too far behind the Big 3 of the NL Central and have decided to sell off their best player according to WAR not named Ed Harris or Madison Bumgarner. Jose Iglesias finishes his 150-PA stint with the Cubs with a .345/.373/.507 triple-slash and 1.7 WAR. In exchange, another young arm joins the organization in Galvan. It's a trade of the Justins. Thanks Kaiser, Seattle to confirm.
  14. Cubs send: OF Arturo Gomez (MLB) OF Kevin Hunter (MLB) 3B Kenny Gentry (AA-Tennessee) Red Sox send: SP Sidney English (AAA-Pawtucket) There are a few moving parts in this deal, and most of them are underperforming what I believe Brett and I think are their true talent level. Kevin Hunter was a Rule 5 pickup a few seasons back, someone I have envisioned as a fourth outfielder, but I'm a bit stacked in the outfield at the moment with AAA depth and was available in the right deal. Arturo Gomez is better than his 5 OPS+ dictates, but this waiver claim from the Braves turns into a salary dump back to Boston. The best piece going back to the Red Sox is Kenny Gentry. Gentry is a good prospect, but lots of his success on his resume comes at the waaay lower levels of the minors, and there's no gurantee that will translate. I know folks have asked about Gentry before and I've balked, but since we are on Slack and I can't go back and see who those people were and try and upsell him that way, I take what is in front of me because life is short, and why not? In exchange for that rambling mess, I get Sidney English - a pitching prospect who is on the cusp of putting it together, someone who has previously been highly coveted, and although he is underperforming, could be of use soon. That is what happened and in this moment I am happy with it. Thanks Brett; Boston to confirm.
  15. Cubs accept. Chris Roach is a bit of a steep price to pay, but we feel as though Ben Revere's defense may be the secret sauce we need to get to the next level. This moves Ed Harris to RF, where he'll be even better, and Revere is so freaking good I feel as though he's going to cover Eloy/Yordan's poor defense in left. We get retention so we can maybe get one more free agent if needed, but all in all I think this is a better gamble than spending $30M on Travis Jankowski. Thanks Anthony!