We’re entering the trade deadline home stretch, and things are relatively quiet on the Cubs’ front. Aramis Ramirez and Jim Hendry spoke to the media late yesterday about Ramirez’s situation, and I’ll have more on that in a little bit. But, outside of that hullabaloo, it’s quiet. Which, of course, doesn’t mean anything – Hendry himself regularly says many of his moves came out of nowhere, with no real build-up, and no whispers outside the front office. Maybe I’m just being hopeful.

  • Speaking of Hendry, he’s still banging the with-a-couple-tweaks-we-can-compete-next-year drum. I know he’s not going to say “we need to blow it up and start over to be competitive in a few years” (indeed, he refuted just that), but even the smallest hint of pragmatism would be welcome at this point. Thankfully, I remain confident that one of those “tweaks” will be with respect to Hendry, himself.
  • Hendry and Quade keep saying things that, although not intended, are just dripping with irony. Of the Cubs’ poor performance this year, Hendry said this: “Nobody ever picked us to be in the first three [in the National League Central] this year, but we certainly felt like, by now, we would be .500.” And why did no one pick the team you built to be in the top three, Jim? As for Quade, he offered this as a reason he believes the Cubs still have a chance this year: “You always feel like, if you have good pitching, you have a chance.”
  • Speaking of good pitching and the Cubs’ chances this year, Matt Garza has resigned himself to playing the part of spoiler. At least someone’s candid.
  • Good news, if you can handle it: Andrew Cashner will finally throw off a mound again today. His rehab is still expected to take at least another month, but there’s a chance he’ll see some action out of the bullpen in September. I suppose I understand that you want him to see ML batters and get back into the swing of things – otherwise he’ll go almost a full year between facing big league bats. But, on the other hand, the kid has such a high ceiling (on a team that desperately needs him next year), that it might make sense to take it obscenely easy with him.
  • Tyler Colvin’s not likely to see starts at first base any time soon. I suppose that could change if Carlos Pena is moved; but for now, and until he shows he can hit a little bit, whether Colvin can play first is a mere academic debate.
  • Aramis Ramirez, speaking as if simultaneously in the owner’s box and the bleachers: “This is a big market. You can’t rebuild in a big market. When you get 40,000 in the stands every day, you can’t try to rebuild. You’ve got to put a winning product on the field. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. But you can’t just get rid of everybody and try to rebuild in a market like [Chicago].” Ramirez is probably right, and, if I trusted the Cubs to spend wisely, I’d be ok with it. As things stand, however, put me firmly in the corner of those who wish the Cubs could just blow the whole thing up and rebuild completely.
  • Pat Gillick was on the radio, but pretty much said the same stuff he’s been saying – he’d consider a president-level job, he hasn’t spoken to Tom Ricketts, and he likes Jim Hendry.
  • Joe Cartwright

    The Phillies traded their two best prospects for Pence. I think our price just went up.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Price for whom, exactly…?

      If the Cubs aren’t on the horn with the Braves about Byrd right now, there is no Jobu.

  • ry

    The stupidity of Jim Hendry and Mike Quade just continues to amaze me and the fact that these two morons still have jobs; the season is lost so what the hell are we waiting for to fire them???

  • die hard

    Trade Castro and Pena for Pujols and Theriot….move Barney to short and Theriot to 2nd….reason is I believe Castro has peaked and Theriot in doghouse….he could complement Barney….Barney has more upside as 2 hole batter than Castro has wherever he bats…..reason is that Castro does not have Barney’s fire in belly….Pujols will raise level of play of all around him….

    • hansman1982

      wait what? You want to trade Castro away for Pujols? Why on earth would you want to do that (even if the Cards wanted to trade away Pujols)? For 2 months in a lost season? For 5 days of exclusive bargaining rights?

      I dont say this often but that is the single dumbest idea ever…

      • awesome

        i hear you.

    • Jeff

      You are just full of good ones this morning. Are you really Jim Hendry in disguise?

    • Michigan Goat

      I ate Chipolte last night and I have a fire in my belly… Can I play fir the Cubs.

      • Jeff

        I would bat you leadoff and install you as the new closer.

        • Michigan Goat

          Call me Goaty and you have a deal

          • Jeff

            Done. I can’t wait until our cleanup hitter Ian Afterbirth comes back around. Then I can call him “Birthy”.

  • Vince

    Why isn’t Tom Ricketts a more “hands on” owner? Why does he continue to support inferior baseball from his team? When is he going to finally see the light and fire these two incomptant clowns? We watch this disaster day after day with no end in sight. Its time for big changes now.

  • ry

    Vince, that is definitely the $64 million dollar question. Any other owner would have fired the two douchebags a long time ago; the whole cubs organization is clueless from the top down. i guess they don’t really care that they are the laughinstock of professional sports, have the cubs supplanted the bengals yet as the worst sports franchise ever??

  • Robbo

    Cubs on pace to win 64 games this year. The only good news is that 4 of the last 5 Cubs 60-something win seasons have been followed up by 85+ win seasons the next year. 3 of those teams had 20+ win turnarounds and made the playoffs – 98,03,07. Cubs may be down, but they can bounce back next year if Hendry can get some things going here in the trade market.

  • Toosh

    I’d like to see the words “Hendry” and “going” back-to-back in the same sentence, with “to be let go”.