I'm piggy backing off of the moves already made by this front office (Feldman, Baker, Navarro signings)
Trade: Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Marco Hernandez, Dillon Maples, Tony Zych, Matt Szczur, Josh Vitters & Darwin Barney to the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison & Yunel Escobar
8 for 3 deals are rare to be certain, however this is one that both organization would be hard pressed not to seriously consider (Not to mention the Marlins were just apart of a 12 player mega deal…they do exsist). Obviously, Stanton is the prize here however Escobar is a very solid return piece as well. 'Unloading' Morrison is apparently a must for this band of misfits (Loria/Sampson) & would just so happen to be almost a must in return for Rizzo being in the deal (Morrison is a 1B, no one can convince me otherwise)
The payment is steep. Rizzo, Baez & Barney are all high (trade) value guys with Hernandez, Maples, Szczur & to some extent Zych all being 'high ceiling' prospects with varying degrees of 'risk' (although as prospects, aren't they all risky?) Marlins completely overhaul their farm/MLB roster(s) & likely win another WS title prior to us (they seem to do it after every blow up) Easy to project how this deal is a win of the Marlins- upgrading significantly at 1B & 2B immediately while also netting a south Florida legend Baez.
All that said, IMHO the Cubs actually get away with losing very little that isn't replaceable within the next few offseasons prospect wise.
Trade Matt Garza to Boston for Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo, Brandon Workman and Ryan Sweeney
This trade is based off of Garza having clean medicals. His track record of success in the AL East and the familiarity that the Red Sox have with him because of it would play a huge factor into them pulling the trigger prior to him taking the bump after the ‘injury’. Is it a fantastic return? Nah, but realistically it’s tough to imagine the Cubs getting one with all the variables involved (injury, contract year/impending free agency, etc.) Barnes becomes the best rotational arm in the system above A ball while Workman is an easily projectable Joe Blanton type 4/5 (which has solid value) Ranaudo is the ultimate lotto card and the type of extremely high ceiling guy that the Cubs brass would like to get back in a Garza deal. Ranaudo has soured enough in Bostons eyes that they likely would add him to such a deal even with his TORP high end appeal (although he could just as easily become Mark Pawelek as well) Sweeney give the team a solid 4/5 OF that can play all 3 postions.
Trade Alfonso Soriano, Junior Lake & cash to the Yankees for Joba Chamberlain, Zachary Nuding, Nik Turley and Austin Romane
I realize it’s kinda generic to say ‘Soriano to Yanks in a deal involving Joba’ but it is was it is. Lake is a prospect I’m not crazy about personally, however the Yanks lack any depth behind Cano, Jeter & ARod & Lake is close enough to possibily start to take the burden away from the trio a bit. Soriano’s resurgence as an acceptable starting LF fills a gap for the Yanks as Gardner is still feeling the effects of his injury. For the Cubs, pitching, pitching & more pitching is the need and what they get here. Joba could potentially handle a rotation spot, but likely he slides into the back end of the bullpen.
Trade Carlos Marmol & Logan Watkins to the Angels for Alberto Callaspo
Callaspo is a 3B for the Angels but I believe he’ll profile much better as a 2B. He’s a solid, no holes type 2B that this organization has become accustomed to having (Morandini, Young, Walker, Barney etc.) Marmol is an obvious interest to the Angels while Watkins is the type of versatile MI type the Angels love.
(My only change from the post I made)
Sign Placido Polanco to a 1 year vet minimum deal
Polanco is as old as dirt, however that doesn't mean he can't still help a team as a plus defender at 3B/2B and occasionally put a good ball in play.
Sign Nick Swisher to a 3 year 50M deal with a mutual option at 14M for year 4
It’s an overpay, but the hike up in AYV is to negate a fourth year being automatically included. Swisher plays a solid corner OF and offers an above average bat and in the scenario he also offers an above average solution at 1B if LoMo faulters.
Sign Zack Greinke to a 6 year 146M deal
Want a TORP? Gunna cost ya 21-25M per. No way around it. Luckily for us, money is one asset this organization has in bundles.
C- Castillo, Navarro
1B- *Morrison (Swisher)
2B- Callaspo, Polanco
3B- Escobar,* Valbuena
LF- Swisher, Sappelt
CF- *DeJesus,* Sweeney
SP- *T. Wood