Here is the latest from the Cubs front-
- The Cubs have received calls on their expensive outfield but none including talk of Soriano. The Reds and Rays have reportedly asked about the availability of Milton Bradley, Fukudome, Hoffpauir, Jake Fox, and Reed Johnson according to a Cubs official. If the Cubs move Bradley or Fukudome they would have to eat a large portion of their contract because of the economy and that is not likely for the Cubs according to the Cubs official. This makes Fox, Johnson, and Hoffpauir better options for teams looking for outfield and bat help.
- The Cubs are not looking to join the Halladay race according to sources close to the Cubs. They rather have a consistent big bat in the middle of their lineup.
- The Cubs are good candidates in potential multi-team deals nearing the deadline giving Hendry's experience in that matter, the smaller pieces the Cubs need, and the lack of big name prospects but solid players in the Cubs minor league system. I have already heard whispers of a deal where Scott Rolen would be sent to the Red Sox, the Cubs would get Mark Teahen, The Royals would get some prospects and the Jays would receive several minor league players and relief from the majority of the money left on Rolen's contract which is about 22 million including this year and next season.
I have not had anyone verify this rumor but it is interesting!
- The Cubs are still looking for a backup catcher and may wait until after the break before the get someone to see how Soto progresses during that time.
That is it for now Cub fans!