Yesterday we heard that the Chicago Cubs have been talking to the Los Angeles Angels about Derrek Lee and Xavier Nady, in whom the Angels would have interest to replace recently broken first baseman Kendry Morales.

Cubs reporter Carrie Muskat says not so:

There’s no truth to the rumors that the Angels have contacted the Cubs re: possibly acquiring Derrek Lee or Xavier Nady. The Angels are looking for first base help with Kendry Morales out after freak accident at home plate. I was told the Angels have not talked to the Cubs about anyone. The Cubs still feel they are in the race in the NL Central. If that doesn’t change by late July, closer to the trading deadline, there could be some moves.

I assume Carrie meant to say, in that last sentence, that “if that does change,” i.e., if the Cubs feel they’re out of it by late July.

Here’s hoping the team doesn’t actually wait that long to start considering moves. Unless they make a considered run in the next few weeks, not only will the playoffs become an unlikely scenario as a matter of math, but we already know that this is a fundamentally flawed team – playoff teams do not struggle so mightily against a team like the Pirates.

Lastly, I always find it interesting when two Cubs reporters so unequivocally state opposite things. Dave Kaplan says he has excellent sources who say the Cubs have talked to the Angels about trades. Carrie Muskat says there’s no truth to such a rumor. The truth usually tends to be somewhere in the middle, and in how one defines “talked about trades.” Obviously some contact took place – whether it was as insignificant as a “hello, tough break about Morales,” or as significant as a “hello, we can hook you up with a player to fill that first base spot.”

As I said, it was probably somewhere in the middle – sufficiently innocuous that Muskat could say “no truth,” and sufficiently titillating that Kaplan could say “have talked.”

  • Kevin G

    We couldnt win last year without A-ram and we cant without him this year. Lets face it he isnt showing any sights of showing up this year. We arent in the same class as the Cards. Our pitching is the only thing that is keeping us from drowning and at some point they wont be able to continue at this pace. They all but Silva have shown signs of buckling. We havent beat a good starting pitcher yet. The good teams we have beat were in a bad straight and still we didnt play well. The only reason Hendry wont gvie up is it wouls most likely mean his job! and Carrie never says anything bad about the team. She is a good lap dog.

    • bric

      Very true. Kaplan and Muscat both love the Cubs and try to do their jobs as best they can. The difference is Muscat gets her paycheck from MLB and Kaplan doesn’t. Like any good politician or lawyer will tell you, never bite the hand that feeds you. These people live by three words…”Deny, deny, deny.” It definitely puts a damper on her credibility.

  • Tanner

    This just made me SAD! They need to trade all of them! They all suck. Count is 3-1 and a POP UP! This sucks!

  • Hawkboy64

    Oh no we suck again. Lose to astros it’s time for lee, ramirez, and soriano to and for colvin, nady, and fontenot to play hey do we hve a2nd baseman in the minors so theriot can sit to myb a stint on the minors would wake these guys up