Trade Rumors Abound
Apparently Bruce Levine is on the radio in Chicago saying that a trade will 'go down' soon involving a Cubs outfielder, a Cubs reliever, and two prospects, in return for a power-hitting outfielder and a reliever.
I've read through about 10 pages of forum posts over at NorthSideBaseball on the subject and now I'm ready to spout.
Likely possibilities as I see it:
Cincinnati: This one seems the most likely because the Reds designated Danny Graves for assignment today... but it also smells like a Red Herring. The problem you see is that Danny Graves is certainly not a middle reliever. Furthermore, which power-hitting outfielder are the Reds going to send here that improves our team without creating a gaping hole? Adam Dunn? I am afraid of the value the Cubs would have to give up to get him. Austin Kearns (most likely IMHO)? What does he give you that Dubois will not? (He's hitting .250 with a .330 OBP). And which outfielder are you going to give up? Both the Reds and the Cubs seem stacked with outfielders... so while this seems to be the team, I can't figure out the matchups.
Tampa Bay: Using Levine's trade framework, I'm guessing the Cubs would be receiving Aubrey Huff and Lance Carter. Huff would give the Cubs a possible back-up option at third base and a fairly reliable bat in the outfield. Lance Carter was a pretty decent closer in 2003, but has been moved into middle relief since the emergence of Danys Baez... who is not a middle reliever and thus doesn't fit Levine's description.
The Cubs would give up Jason Dubois and a reliever. If the Cubs were to give up a young guy like Cliff Bartosh or Todd Wellemeyer, the prospects would be lower level (ceiling) guys. If the reliever was Mike Remlinger, we might be parting with a fellow like Brian Dopirak.
What do you think?