This is not a rumor or anything but I think the Cubs should do this. Ian Snell was just DFA by the Seattle Mariners today.
Ian Snell stats.
I think if the Cubs did in fact trade for him, it would be a low risk high reward situation. He would come cheaper as the M's don't want him. The Cubs do have trade pieces, that they may be able to offer, to acquire him.
I know the Cubs might not want to add older pieces because they want to get younger as you have seen through out the year but Ian Snell is only and almost 29. Where he can still help for years to come as a relief pitcher or starter. The 29 year old righty, has posted a 6.41 era in 46.1 innings pitch during the 2010 season so far. I know that era looks brutal but maybe he can change it over here with pitching coach Larry Rotchchild. Maybe it can be a repeat of an ex M Carlos Silva. Who was brutal in Seattle and is up for the comeback player of the year award with the Cubs.
When 3B Aramis Ramirez comes off the DL, the Cubs will have to trade Jeff Baker, Chad Tracy or Mike Fontenot who are all out of options. And can not be sent to the minors without clearing waivers which I don't think would happen. I say the Cubs trade either Jeff Baker or Chad Tracy for Ian Snell. And I think this helps out both teams and it finally helps solve the Cubs infield problem, of too many.
But with the M's in the AL and the Cubs in the NL, do you think he not get claimed by anyone in in the AL? I say no but with his stats this year, there could be a slight possibility.
I would be in favor of this move because he can pitch out of the bullpen, in the rotation, still young at 29 and maybe Larry will help Snell pitch better like he did with Silva. Maybe the Cubs could win this trade like they did in the winter.