The Rangers have placed Padilla on waivers. The Cubs claim him, the Cubs have him. No dickering around with a "no-trade" clause or negotiating for players. The Braves released Glavine even though he looked pretty good in his rehab starts. Do the Cubs need either of these guys as a number 4 or 5? What about plugging Glavine into Dempster's spot in the rotation and moving Dempster back to closer? What about Glavine or Padilla as a closer? Glavine, in particular, seems to me to be cut out for the role at this point in his career.
Of course, the whole point, at least with respect to Padilla, may be mooted. The Nationals are well in front of the Cubs in Waiver priority. They very badly need starters and a way to show the fans a commitment to the future. And they have a low payroll. Claiming Padilla would instantly give them a much better starting staff and convincing Glavine to sign would give their young pitchers a role model.
Should the Cubs acquire Glavine or Padilla
Both (3 votes)
Padilla but not Glavine (15 votes)
Glavine, but not Padilla (34 votes)
Neither (95 votes)
147 total votes