Two seasons ago, the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves very nearly had a trade deadline deal in place that would have sent Ryan Dempster to Atlanta in exchange for prospects, including Julio Teheran. That deal ultimately fell through and Dempster was eventually moved to the Texas Rangers. Fast forward to now, could the two teams try to dance again during the Winter Meetings?
With the loss of Tim Hudson, the Braves’ starting rotation really lacks that ace at the front. Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Brandon Beachy and Alex Wood are all good pitchers, but can they reach that next level of ace status? The Cubs have a guy that could be that ace in Jeff Samardzija that the Braves may be targeting this winter.
Not mentioned above for the Braves is Teheran, who is coming off a 14-win season with 170 strikeouts. If the Cubs could have landed him two years ago, it would have been a terrific move for the team. Can the Cubs get a second crack at landing the soon-to-be 23-year-old?
With the Cubs rebuilding, Teheran would be a great pitcher to have in the rotation as he could continue to develop, gain experience and lead a staff in 2-3 years. Sending Samardzija to Atlanta would give the Braves that ace now for a team coming off a division title. In return, the Cubs could try to land not only Teheran, but also Mauricio Cabrera, a minor league prospect who could be a future bullpen piece with an electric fastball.
In this deal, the Braves would get that potential no. 1 guy to compliment their offense. Samardzija, Medlen, Minor, Beachy and Wood would be a solid starting five, and the Cubs would finally land their guy Teheran two years later.
Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.