In a throwaway line from his column yesterday on the Jeff Baker and Alfonso Soriano injuries, Bruce Miles dropped a mini bombshell:

Harden update: There are reports that the Cubs may be able to work out a trade with the Minnesota Twins for pitcher Rich Harden, whom the Cubs put on waivers last week. Reports say the Twins have been awarded the claim. Daily Herald.

As long as those “reports” aren’t our own article here at Bleacher Nation, this could be a very interesting development. Presumably, Miles is referring to a Ken Rosenthal (who’s usually not tremendously tapped in to the Cubs), who late yesterday indicated that a deal might happen.

Until late yesterday, no one believed a trade was actually a realistic possibility. Even if nothing materializes, it’s encouraging to see that the Cubs are looking a bit forward, and planning for the future.