Cubs Notes: Soler, Pitching, LaHair, Jackson

As long-time Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston celebrates his 49th birthday today, here's the latest out of Wrigley Field…

  • Rumors that the Cubs have a $27MM agreement in place with Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler "are completely bogus," GM Jed Hoyer told reporters (including Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune).  Soler is still waiting to be officially declared a free agent by Major League Baseball.
  • Hoyer also says (via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times) that he "wouldn’t be surprised" if the Cubs made a trade before the season begins, though the team is happy with its current roster.  The Cubs theoretically have an excess of pitching but Hoyer likes having that extra depth in the staff.
  • Anthony Rizzo has hit well this spring while Bryan LaHair has struggled, but Hoyer tells reporters (including ESPN Chicago's Doug Padilla) that the Cubs still intend to start LaHair at first base on Opening Day and have Rizzo begin the year in the minors.
  • Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago says the Cubs aren't keen on starting the Major League service time clocks of their top prospects, so Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters look to remain in the minors for at least a few months, if not all, of the 2012 campaign.  Also from Levine's chat, he discusses the lack of news about possible trades of Matt Garza or Marlon Byrd and now Alfonso Soriano is virtually untradeable even if he enjoys a good first half of the season.

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5 Comments on "Cubs Notes: Soler, Pitching, LaHair, Jackson"

Joseph Jonathan Herrera
3 years 5 months ago

No one is untradeable.  After seeing Bradley and Silva get dealt for each other, Zambrano dealt, Vernon Wells dealt, I think if they are creative (and Soriano has a good first half) there is some team, probably the AL, that could use a bat like his at the DH spot.

3 years 5 months ago

Soriano still has value with his bat to the Cubs…Why not keep him since all you would get is C level prospect at best and maybe 20million of his contract….he can still hit for power…..he still has his streaks where he hits 4 or 5 homeruns a week…he is terrible in the field and swings at pitcher’s pitches….but he is still middle of the order for the way the team is set now

scott brecht
3 years 5 months ago

I am glad the article hinted at the service time for some of the prospects.  I am sick of explaining to people that it is pointless to bring up all the prospects as early as possible.  All you do is start their service time when they probably won’t be productive or have any real chance at winning.  

3 years 5 months ago

…all the way to last place in the central division

3 years 5 months ago

2nd to last.