7/28 Cubs wait and see
Cubs GM Jim Hendry says he’s been busy talking to other teams, but wasn’t sure if the Cubs will add any players by Friday’s trade deadline. The team should get a “new” player when catcher Geovany Soto returns from his oblique injury sometime in early August. Soto was taking batting practice and expected to get into a game this week. Ted Lilly (inflammation shoulder) also will rejoin the team in mid August. That’s two.
However, the Cubs could use some left-hand help in the bullpen. Sean Marshall is the only southpaw.
“I have no idea if we’ll do anything by Friday,” Hendry said.
The Cubs players have said they feel all the pieces are in place. Hendry appreciated that they feel they’re good enough to three-peat in the NL Central.
“I think they know how we do our business,” Hendry said. “If we find something by Friday, that’s what we’ll do.”
Some long-rumored deals are never consumated. And, Hendry said he’s completed transactions with Oakland GM Billy Beane in five, 10 minutes. Who knows?
“I think some of the best trades we’ve made, I’ve put the least amount of time into them,” Hendry said.
— Carrie Muskat
I wonder if the Cubs will come a-callin’ to Tampa Bay to get a lefty. The Rays have a plethora with Randy Choate and Brian Shouse being solid guys. I think the Rays would like to keep Choate, thus making Shouse expendable. With lefty Howell a closer, I don’t know that we need 3 lefties in the ‘pen.
I wonder if the Cubs will come a-calling on Tampa Bay to get a lefty. With the return of Brian Shouse, we have a plethora of them in our ‘pen. Shouse, Randy Choate, and closer JP Howell. The Rays won’t move Howell, but I’m sure they’d listen on the other two. Because of a variety of issues, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them be willing to part ways with Shouse.