In Dave Kaplan’s piece about the Chicago Cubs working feverishly to trade Kosuke Fukudome, he offered some additional information about the team’s ardor to make other trades at this time.
I have also been told that upper management is being extremely patient despite the poor performance of the Cubs so far in 2010. They will wait a few more weeks and evaluate the club’s position at that time before they determine a course of action in advance of the July 31 trade deadline.
You have to wonder how long the team can actually stick to that schedule if (a) they keep losing, and (b) other teams start to come calling. There are going to be some eminently tradeable (and attractive) pieces on the market come the deadline – we just saw one in Cliff Lee. The Cubs might be wise to try and beat other teams to the market with guys like Ted Lilly, for example.