Another day, another bounty of Chicago Cubs rumors. There isn’t a whole lot of meat to each of these, so I thought I’d give them to you bullet-style rather than make you click on three individual stories that are exceedingly short. As usual, check out our 2011 trade candidate list for all tradable Cubs for more background, and “like” us on Facebook to get the latest Cubs rumors in your Facebook feed.
- Phil Rogers says the Cubs might make Geovany Soto available in trade. “With [Welington] Castillo and [Steve] Clevenger in the system, the Cubs could make Soto available in talks before the July 31 trade deadline. The Giants and Brewers are among the teams believed to have an interest in him.” It’s no surprise that the Cubs would consider making Soto available, but even with Castillo waiting in the wings, the Cubs will have to receive ample value to actually deal Soto. He’s under control for two more years, and the Cubs expect to be competitive again in that time frame. Also, if the Cubs made Soto available, they’d find interest coming from more than just the Giants and Brewers.
- Comcast Red Sox insider Sean McAdam says that, if the Red Sox contacted the Cubs about Matt Garza, they were rebuffed in their efforts. “Nothing [to it],” a source said. “Who needs major league pitching more than [the Cubs] do? [The Cubs] are already short two starters.” It’s a point we discussed here yesterday when the Garza trade rumors surfaced – the Cubs can’t make the move unless they’re getting back ML-ready pitching.
- Jon Morosi says Reed Johnson is going to have some value in this trade season as a complimentary player. With apologies to the readers who love him, Johnson seems among the most likely Cubs to be moved – he’s under contract only for this year, is very cheap, can play off the bench, is good defensively, and is raking. The Cubs aren’t competing this year, and if they want Johnson back next year, they can just sign him again. There’s really no reason not to trade him.
- Buster Olney says that, at some point in the near future, the Cubs will “convey serious interest from contenders to Kerry Wood, and let him make the choice of if he’s traded, and where to.” Wood is not expected to be traded (he’s indicated he’s not particularly interested in it), but this is absolutely the right way to approach the situation.
- Olney also says that the Cubs are telling teams that they aren’t interested in discussing Sean Marshall, which is not a huge surprise.