Well, this isn’t exactly how you want to kick off 24 straight hours of blogging about Chicago Cubs rumors and news.

The pool of potential Chicago Cubs trade targets may have been reduced by two, and an important two at that.

Despite interest in Marlon Byrd by the Braves and in Carlos Pena by the Pirates, the Cubs may no longer be considering moving either of them.

According to Jayson Stark, the Braves “took a run” at acquiring Byrd from the Cubs after failing to land either Carlos Beltran or Hunter Pence, but were rebuffed. “Not going to be traded” is the phrase used by Stark.

As for Pena, Jon Heyman says the Pirates got the sense that the Cubs “weren’t motivated to move” Pena.

Although a case can be (and has been) made to keep each of Byrd (under contract for 2012) and Pena (could return next year or net a draft pick after the year), I can’t say I like what I’m hearing.

If teams are affirmatively approaching the Cubs about these guys, the Cubs absolutely should consider dealing Byrd, and absolutely should be motivated to move Pena. The theoretical value each might have to the Cubs after this season is, in my mind, subordinate to the very real value that they have in trade right now.

This could be a long, frustrating 24 hours.

  • Jamesjones

    Jesus. I need a drink or four. Oi vey.

  • Dan0mite

    Jim Hendry seems adamant in keeping the same team on the field next year. If they suck now why would they not suck next year?

    • Jamesjones

      Maybe if we can get some pitching. Like that one kid from “Rookie of the Year.” He is still available right? I mean that was real….right?

      • Laura

        I still haven’t gotten around to watching it, but I was at Wrigley for a double-header against the Cards when they filmed a scene for that movie. We won the first game, and before the second one started Daniel Stern came out to tell us there was only time for two takes, so get it right. We all had to be dead silent, and as the kid takes the mound, we all chant ‘Henry!’ and cheer. It was cool to hear Wrigley go completely silent for something that wasn’t an *f* up.
        Anyway, he gets his two takes & the second game starts. The Cubs were playing horribly this time around, and about the fourth inning, a guy behind us in the left field bleachers shouts, “Bring out the kid!”. Everyone started chanting ‘Henry!’ again.
        Aaahh, memories…

  • ari gold

    Do you think Ricketts won’t let Hendry make anymore trades? I’m not sure I would want Hendry doing anything for the rest of the year if I’m him.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’ve heard whispers like that, but there are some dump deals I’d have no problem with Hendry making (because it’s better to dump and get something than to do nothing). I’m sure there’s plenty going on behind the scenes to which we have no visibility.

      • ari gold

        2 months from now can’t get here quick enough. It’s tough to be excited about the future until we know for sure Hendry isn’t a part of it.

  • Jeff

    The lack of activity and the recent comments by Hendry both point to what my gut feeling has been telling me all along. Hendry, Quade, and Kenney will all be back next year. Hendry thinks the team is still a player or two away, and he’s being allowed to rebuild the team, again. I hope someone tells this moron not to overspend on Edwin Jackson, Josh Willingham and an overpaid middle reliever, and then declare the team contenders again.

  • cubs

    looks like nothings gonna happen. give up brett

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      As a writer, I hope you’re wrong. As a fan, I hope you’re wrong. As a dainty belle who appreciates sleep, I hope I still look pretty on Monday.

      • Jeff

        Don’t listen to the quitters, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!

    • Zach

      I agree with you, I don’t think that the Cubs will do anything but I hope I’m wrong.

  • Seth Majewski

    it looks like next year isnt going to be any better than this year. It’ll actually probably be worse.

  • cubs

    as a fan i hope im wrong too. REBUILD JIM

  • Brian Myers

    I’m not quite ready to criticize Hendry for not trading Byrd or Pena… at least not without knowing what they would have generated in return. If a terrible prospect or two was all that was being offered, we might as well enjoy something about this team and not get rid of talent for nothing in return.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Totally agree, and we might never know. But, based on other trades that have gone through, I can’t imagine the return on Byrd not being enticing.

  • Cheryl

    Just think how lucky Fuku is to be out of this mess. And Byrd’s statement, “Take me with you!” is even more on target today than it was yesterday. Never did like Larussa’s type of managing. He should have gotten to Holliday even if the Cubs didn’t. It’s called preventing a blowup where your team gets hurt in the aftermath. Lousy Holliday! Lousy Larussa!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett