- Zambrano should start throwing again this week but will still receive “treatment.” He is expected to have a rehab stint before joining the team. It seems the timetable on Big Z maybe returning the week before the trade deadline. Oddly enough Z maybe gaining interest on the trade market but only if the Cubs pick up the majority of his contract. It is not known what his duties will be on the Cubs once he returns.
- The Phillies, Red Sox, and Tigers all have been scouting the Cubs recently. Reports from Bruce Levine and other media outlets have all three teams scouting Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot. All three teams need middle infield help and can acquire either one for cheap considering some think they are non-tender candidates next season.
- The Cubs are ready to cash in there trade chips according to sources including Peter Gammons who says that they are ready to deal Ted Lilly but will likely try to sign him in the offseason. Another trade chip is Derrek Lee who should gain interest from the Giants, Angels, Yankees, and Mets. It is also rumored that the Cubs want to cash in some of their players for a close or ML ready young 1st baseman. Guys like Smoak from Texas and Ike Davis from the Mets could appeal to the Cubs.
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