[Update] Bruce Miles confirms that Fernando Perez is the outfielder the Rays are sending to the Cubs.
[Update] Bruce Levine is now reporting that the deal is done pending physicals. Levine confirms the five players listed below from the Cubs. He adds that the Cubs will receive a minor league pitcher and a minor leageu outfielder from the Rays.
[Update] There are several reports that the deal is now final and that the Rays are getting five players, with the deal including Sam Fuld in addition to the four prospects mentioned below. Also, the Rays will be sending two prospects to the Cubs. No word yet on who that is. Fuld is a 29-year old outfielder with 98 games at the big league level over parts of two seasons.
[11:32am]ruce Miles of the Chciago Herald-Tribune has multiple sources telling him that the Rays and Cubs are nearing a trade that would send Matt Garza to the Cubs, possibly for four prospects.
Would you give up Chris Archer, Hak-Ju Lee, Brandon Guyer and Robinson Chirinos to get Matt Garza. The Cubs are getting set to do just that, I’ve learned this morning. An announcement is not imminent for several reasons (physical exams, for one), but that is the package (based on several conversations with reliable sources I’ve had last night and early this morning)
Miles goes on to add that both sides may need to add some pieces to get the deal finalized. But the feeling appears to be that the main compenents of the deal are in place.
Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago is also reporting that the two sides are close to finalizing the deal.
We had heard previously that Robinson Chirinos and Hak-Ju Lee (check those links for brief descriptions) would be part of any package. This is the first time we have heard Chris Archer and Brandon Guyer included.
Archer was a 5th round pick in 2006 by the Indians. He is a right-handed pitcher that made 27 starts between high-A and double-A last year. He had 149 strikeouts in 142.1 innings with a 2.34 ERA (3.13 FIP).
Guyer, a 5th round pick in 2007, is a right-handed hitting outfielder that played 102 games in double-A a year ago. He hit .344 with a .398 OBP, 13 home runs, 30 stolen bases and an amazing .452 wOBA.