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Kaplan: A look at Randall Delgado and Zach Lee


Kaplan: A look at Randall Delgado and Zach Lee

I spoke with former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Dan Evans this afternoon as the rumors of a Ryan Dempster trade to the Atlanta Braves started to get hot and heavy. Several reports had the Cubs landing pitcher Randall Delgado for the 35-year-old Dempster, and if that deal does eventually happen, Evans believes that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will have done very well in the trade.

Dempster is an excellent guy for the Braves to land but at 35, he is not a big part of the Cubs' future. They are in a rebuilding mode and they need to add long term pieces that will be part of their organization for the foreseeable future.

"Randall Delgado projects as a solid No. 3-4 starter and he fits nicely into the Cubs rotation as he develops his game. He has a good fastball and a good changeup which are both solid pitches and an average curveball, Evans told me.

Evans is a fan of Dempsters and feels he will be a solid addition to the Braves rotation as they battle for a postseason spot either as NL East champions or as a Wild Card.

The Braves will be adding a very solid arm and person for the stretch run and the price is high when you have a number of teams after him. You have to give something to get something. If they do indeed finalize this deal I think Theo and Jed will have done very well for the Cubs, he told me.

I also asked Evans about the Dodgers top prospect, pitcher Zach Lee, who is reportedly on the Cubs radar in a potential Matt Garza deal.

I have watched Lee pitch and he is the real deal. He is a big, strong kid with plus velocity and he projects as a high-end rotation starter. He needs seasoning, but if the Dodgers make that deal they are indicating that they are most definitely going for it this season, he said.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do the Cubs need to make a deal?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

On this episode of SportsTalk Live, Fred Mitchell, Seth Gruen and Jason Goch join David Kaplan on the panel.

The Cubs bats come alive against the Giants while Theo says there have been plenty of trade rumors but no trade talks. Do the Cubs need to make a deal?

Plus, Ray Ratto joins Kap to talk about the Warriors struggles and the guys debate if LeBron is playing his final game in a Cavaliers uniform.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: