Rumor: The Cubs and Pirates Continue to Discuss Carlos Pena

With scouts from the Pittsburgh Pirates in attendance at yesterday’s series finale against the Brewers (as they have been for a month), Carlos Pena had one of his best games in a while – picking up a couple hits, including a double, and a walk.

Whether that was a tipping point is unknown (seems unlikely that one game would make a huge difference), but it appears that the two teams are still in discussions about Pena. The Pirates are still hoping to add offense, and Jayson Stark confirms that the team’s primary focus at the deadline is to pick up a “professional hitter.”

Stark says the Pirates have backed off of Pena, but a tipster tells me that the two sides are in fact still in contact. One of the names possibly being discussed coming back to the Cubs is Matt Curry, a 23-year-old first baseman currently at AA. Curry is in his first full professional season, and, after destroying A-ball in the first half, he’s adjusting to AA. He’s a good looking player, but doesn’t appear to be considered one of the top prospects in a very good Pirates’ system.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

9 responses to “Rumor: The Cubs and Pirates Continue to Discuss Carlos Pena”

  1. Mike S

    Of course the Cubs would get a “potential decent prospect” in return for a solid major league player. That has been the Cubs’ bag since I can remember. When was the last time the Cubs made a trade and actually received major league help?

    1. Hogie

      The Gorzelany/Grabow deal.

  2. BOOO

    The Cubs will find some way to screw this up. Pena for some low class A bat boy.

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  4. CubFan Paul

    Brett, have you came across a scouting report on carlton smith? everyone keeps saying Abreu is the key prospect in the Fook trade but his .244/.294/.429 12 homers, 35 RBI and 19 stolen bases this season seems 2-3yrs away at best ..maybe late next year with the teachings of Rudy “the Guru” Jaramillo

    but unless Smith has a devasting slider, curve, cutter, slurve or 97mph heat I cant believe we would pay $4million for Abreu’s potential..

    1. spear

      Hendry’s good at spending others peoples money!