Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago offered readers several Cubs-related rumors yesterday. Levine’s Cubs rundown included speculation regarding top prospect Brett Jackson, staff ace Matt Garza and the club’s search for a left-handed reliever.
Over the past few weeks, much of the talk surrounding the Cubs has involved whether or not they would look to trade an outfielder before Opening Day. Rumors have swirled around Marlon Byrd and Cubs prospect Brett Jackson, who manager Dale Sveum said is ready to play at the major league level.
Jackson’s readiness had some predicting that the Cubs would deal Byrd or another outfielder to accommodate the center fielder’s promotion. However, even if Chicago does part with an outfielder, Levine said there is no guarantee that Jackson will be automatically called up. Levine added that Chicago wants to make sure Jackson is ready for the majors, and a decision may also be impacted by the 23-year-old’s service clock.
If the Cubs were to deal and outfielder or make any sort of trade before their season officially starts, it would likely be for a pitcher. Levine noted that the Cubs have been on the hunt for a left-handed reliever for the past several weeks.
Another Cub that has garnered his fair share of trade rumors this offseason is Matt Garza. While Garza’s name hasn’t been mentioned in rumors of late, Levine did take a stab at the type of extension the right-hander is seeking. Levine believes that Garza is looking for a deal comparable to the five-year/$65 million contract John Danks signed with the Chicago White Sox this offseason.
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