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.
  • hardtop

    re: not interested in discussing marshall: for once, i totally agree with the cubs front office on this. he’s been through a bit of a rough patch lately but i fully expect him to be a consistantly good, if not mildly dominating left hand bull pen guy, as he has been, for years to come. he’s not old, he’s not expensive, pitching is our biggest problem, and our bullpen is extremely thin. much like garza, unless you knew that you could turn his trade pieces into another pitcher as good or better than him in the next year or two, it would be silly to let him go, this is the situation we’re in right now, because we seemingly dont have any pitching that ever projects to be as good as marshall in the minors.

  • Toosh

    Hendry will screw up the trading deadlines one way or another.

    • EQ

      no doubt about that.

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Hendry =fat fuck who destroyed the Chicago Cubs for a long time!

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Trade Soto? Hendry is a complete idiot!!!…why don’t we get rid of koyie hill?

    • MichiganGoat

      1-Nobody wants K. Hill, we might be able to throw him as a free playervin a trade. He has no value to a team… including us.

      2-There are contending teams that need a good/decent hitting catcher, this makes Soto very attractive to teams in a playoff race. We would be foolish to not seriously entertain offers.

      3-If we believe Castillo can be a MLB starter then why keep both, when one could get us a quality prospect and/or a decent 4/5 pitchers?

    • Jelly

      Probably because we’d get quite a bit more back for Soto than Hill. I think that’s pretty obvious.

  • chris margetis

    Other than the fact that next year he will be great, because he mashes every other year, I’d trade Soto in a heartbeat if there was a ML ready pitcher attached.

    • hardtop

      “if there was a ML ready pitcher attached”

      has to be!

      and by ML ready, not someone like ro-lo, someone like garza, or at least better than wells.

  • chris margetis

    Agree, my implication was that would be a must.

  • chris margetis

    Plus, there are basically no starting catchers available, especially given the need by some contenders, so Soto should bring a haul if made available.

  • auggie1955

    If Hill is still around after the trading deadline, I’m going to blow a gasket. His OBP sucks. Speaking of OBP, when is DeWitt going to learn to have some patience at the plate? I wouldn’t miss Blake if he were traded.

    • VanSlaw

      Hell, why did we bother to release Doug Davis, Augie Ojeda, and Fernando Perez? We could have TRADED them away! Re-sign ’em and package ’em with Hill and DeWitt!

  • jim

    Cubs competing next year? Will you take a bet?

  • RY34

    We would actually have to pay someone to take hill off our hands; that dude should have been released three years ago. Only the cubs would keep him around.

  • RY34

    If the Ricketts allow Hendry to trade Soto to the Brewers, we all should boycott this team. The brewers have no prospects left except for Gamel that would help us; so we would basically just be giving Soto away. Then again, Hendry is dumb enough to think he could make it work.