Hoyer Makes Most of Cubs’ Cupboard

The Epstein trio has picked up right where they left off in the June draft with the acquisition of three more RHP to add depth the organization. On Monday the Cubs traded Paul Maholm, who has had a stellar July. They also traded utility outfielder Reed Johnson to Atlanta in exchange for Arodys Vizcaino and Jay Chapman. Maholm was 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA in the month of July which made him a asset that could get some return. The Braves were clearly in the market for a starting pitcher, and being in the thick of both the N.L. East and N.L. Wild Card races there was clearly an opportunity for them to try and bolster their rotation for the stretch run. In Reed Johnson, the Braves are getting a good right-handed bat that can play both corner outfield positions while also crushing left handed pitching.

The Cubs also found a suitor for Geovany Soto in the Texas Rangers who designated Yorvit Torrealba for assignment earlier in the day in essence ending his career with Texas.  The Cubs got 24-year-old Jay Brigham in return who is in AAA right now and could help in the bullpen after rosters are expanded on September 1st.

The biggest acquisition for the Cubs yesterday was Arodys Vizcaino, the injured 21-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic who is expected to recover completely from Tommy John surgery earlier this year to return to top-notch prospect form and be a plus closer in the Cubs’ future.  Vizcaino was signed by the New York Yankees as a international free agent in 2007, and was the centerpiece of the 2009 deadline deal that sent Javier Vazquez back to the Yankees. The Yankees would go on to win that year’s World Series. If Vizcaino can fully recover and be ready for the 2013 Spring Training, the Cubs could have a steal on their hands with the upside of his arm.

Will Ryan Dempster be traded?

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In Breaking News: The Cubs have Traded RHP Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers for Pitcher Kyle Hendricks and 3B Christian Villanueva