July is just a few days away, and that’s when rumors tend to turn into action. But, as always, remember: for every one completed trade, there are 20 legitimately-discussed other ideas floating out there. Teams talk about many, many ideas – often with other teams – before a deal comes together.

  • The Dodgers have been scouting Bryan LaHair says Buster Olney. And, although they don’t like his defensive limitations, they need to add a bat somehow (and this was before Andre Ethier’s oblique strain). Might the Dodgers be considering a Ryan Dempster/Bryan LaHair package? Trading LaHair remains such a tricky thing for the Cubs. He’s cheap, but he’s older. He’s got huge numbers, but not lately. He can play first base or a corner outfield spot, but not particularly well. How much do you demand in trade?
  • Jon Morosi adds, plainly, that the Cubs will move LaHair for the right offer. But, you know, same question.
  • The Padres will listen to offers on Chase Headley, who’s raking, plays great defense, and is under control through 2014. Obviously it would take quite a bit to get him. The Cubs wouldn’t be interested, right? Eh. Hard to say for sure, but his age – 28 – would seem to push him outside the range of the kinds of players the Cubs are looking to pick up. To be clear, I don’t think it’s outside the realm of possibility that the Cubs will be willing to trade prospects for Major League players in the next couple years, but I think they’d prefer guys closer to 25 than 30 (who wouldn’t?). The Headley topic generated a healthy discussion on the Message Board.

  • Bruce Levine chatted this week, and … (1) If the Cubs can’t get a good prospect for Alfonso Soriano, while eating almost all of his salary, they might just keep him, on the thinking that he’s no longer really blocking anyone’s playing time (Tony Campana is probably the only player you could argue right now); (2) Bruce says the Cubs won’t consider signing Cole Hamels after the season; (3) the Cubs will probably trade Matt Garza, in the best interests of both the organization and Garza, and they should get three good prospects for him; (4) a number of teams would love to acquire an everyday catcher, but Geovany Soto hasn’t been healthy enough or productive enough to show that he’s that guy; (5) Bruce says it’s hard for Bryan LaHair to have trade value with just 28 RBI (and I shook my head sadly); (6) Ryan Dempster’s trade value is going to be largely unaffected by his time on the DL, as some teams might view him as “fresher”; (7) Rick Porcello is not a good fit for the Cubs, given the raises he’ll be getting in arbitration; and (8) Carlos Marmol still has to keep pitching well to have any trade value.
  • The Brewers are preparing to move Zack Greinke by the trade deadline if they can’t sign him to a long-term extension, according to Ken Rosenthal. Obviously Greinke’s availability on the market could significantly impact (negatively) the trade market for Dempster and Garza, so your rooting interests are as follows: (1) the Brewers go on a big-time winning streak; or, if we have to, (2) the Brewers sign Greinke to an extension (hopefully an oppressive one).

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