Even though the Chicago Cubs just managed to secure an AMAZING series victory – their first in 12 tries – the team is still so far behind in the NL Central and the NL Wild Card races that they are expected to be sellers come the trade deadline at the end of the month.
And manager Lou Piniella has confirmed that sentiment.
”We probably will be sellers,” Piniella said before the Cubs’ 6-4 victory Tuesday against the Diamondbacks. ”We [he and general manager Jim Hendry] haven’t broached that subject much, just briefly. I would anticipate that if the organization can make a move or two that they might.”
Hendry won’t discuss specific trade talks, and he said he doesn’t like using the terms ”buyers” or ”sellers.” He suggested any moves that might be made would be done with an eye toward next season.
Meanwhile, it’s no secret the Cubs are trying to ease their outfield logjam by trading Kosuke Fukudome and the $20 million or so left on his contract. Left-hander Ted Lilly and first baseman Derrek Lee, both of whom are in the final year of their contracts, also are said to be on the block. CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.
No surprises in the names on the block, though you can add Xavier Nady, Mike Fontenot, Ryan Theriot, Jeff Baker, and probably Carlos Silva.
In some ways, the recent series win makes me a little nervous – the worst outcome for this team is not continuing to lose. It’s winning just enough over the next couple of weeks to stop them from becoming full-on sellers. I know it’s not fun to watch a team that is missing some of your favorite players, and that isn’t competitive, but this is a team that needs to rebuild. Just resign yourself to the fact that it will be fun to watch some of the young kids in the system play on the big club.