Trades made after the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 are rare – at least, far more rare than trades made before the deadline – but they do happen, as evinced by the Chicago Cubs trade last night with the Giants, sending Mike Fontenot out for prospect Evan Crawford.

With the Cubs thoroughly out of contention, you can bet they’ll keep looking for more deals, even if the deals are more difficult to make right now.

”It’s hard to say if it’ll be the last one,” assistant general manager Randy Bush said after the trade that netted the Cubs outfield prospect Evan Crawford. ”Anything that we can do that we feel is to the betterment of the organization we’re going to continue to look at.”

In other words, Xavier Nady should probably keep his bags packed. CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.

A trade of Nady would bring little more than salary relief to the Cubs, so don’t get your hopes up. In addition to Nady, realistically, the Cubs will look to move Jeff Baker. Beyond Baker and Nady, however, it’s hard to see another move – sure, the Cubs put most of their roster on waivers, but they won’t find a taker for the guys they really want to move (Carlos Zambrano, Kosuke Fukudome being the big two).

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