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A few days ago, Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry revealed the disappointing, albeit unsurprising news: the Cubs’ payroll for this year (and beyond?) is maxed out.

But apparently that isn’t stopping Hendry from working the phones.

Jim Hendry is working the prospective trade markets as hard as he does every year and is said to be itching to pull off a deal to help the team, given the opportunity.

Meantime, he says he’s not even certain what he’ll need come July, depending on how well and quickly third baseman Aramis Ramirez comes back from his shoulder injury and whether Thursday’s late offensive fireworks are a sign of good things to come.

”For me to say either way in the middle of June makes no sense,” Hendry said. ”We could be in the market for a player we never even dreamed of a month from now if somebody else got hurt or somebody really went into a tailspin. You just kind of stay on top of it every day and react to what you may need or may help.

“Some of the deals we’ve made were not on the radar screen a week before we made them.” CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.

If it’s a dollar in, dollar out setup for the Cubs, perhaps more interesting than who the Cubs could get is who the Cubs could and would ship out.

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