Here’s the latest:
From MLB Trade Rumors, Via the Chicago Sun Times: “We’ve actually got some movement this morning on the Brian Roberts front. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs have added hard-throwing 21 year-old reliever Jose Ceda to their offer. They’d also send Sean Gallagher, Ronny Cedeno, and Donald Veal to Baltimore. The Cubs had been holding out on Ceda, a nasty relief prospect. With him included, they’d be sending their three best pitching prospects (according to Baseball America) in the 4-for-1 deal.
Wittenmyer also notes that the deal could be expanded to a 5-for-2 with cash if Jason Marquis and Jay Payton are included. He believes a deal will get done before Opening Day, but it may go down to the wire.”
Andy MacPhail is no doubt looking for the best deal possible for the Orioles down the road and Chicago really needs a standout leadoff hitter.
(A special shut-out to Ian of Sox and Dogs for the update...)