I’m headed out to the game today with friends from Sons of Ivy, and, unrelatedly, I got to meet BN’er TWC last evening. It’s already been a great Chicago trip.

  • The Cubs are 10-4 in their last 14 games. How about that?
  • Dale Sveum says the trade rumors this time of year aren’t going to affect his players. “I don’t think it ever impacts wins or losses,” Sveum said. “I think once these guys cross the line in batting practice, none of that stuff comes into play. Off the field, it’s something that’s there and it’s been there a long time. You have to deal with it.” I think it would be hard not to think about it day to day, but I suppose in the heat of the game action, you could probably let it drift from your mind. It certainly isn’t affecting Alfonso Soriano…
  • Yesterday’s draft pick signing deadline came and went without any excitement for the Cubs, who’d already locked up their first 20 picks, and 28 of 42, overall. The Pirates couldn’t get a deal done with Stanford right-hander Mark Appel, whom you’ll recall slid from his expected top spot all the way down to 8th (past the Cubs). He rejected the Pirates’ final offer of $3.8 million, and will try to do better next year after pitching his senior season at Stanford.
  • Bruce Levine says the Cubs should hang onto Alfonso Soriano, not only because he’s killing it this year, but also because he’s a good influence on younger players.
  • Dale Sveum talks about Jeff Samardzija’s progress as a starter, and about the Cubs’ need to limit his innings as best they reasonably can.
  • Ian Stewart’s recovery from wrist surgery, which included removing a small bone fragment that may have been the source of his problems, is expected to take six to eight weeks. The would make Stewart ready for baseball activities in early September, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’d be ready for game action.
  • The Cubs will host a Ron Santo Day on July 27 to commemorate Ronnie’s induction into the Hall of Fame.
  • Everyone knows about Ryan Dempster’s streak, but Shawn Camp has a 12.2 scoreless inning streak going.
  • hansman1982

    I have asked this many times on Twitter but have never gotten a response:

    For college seniors – is there a point that if they do not sign with the team that drafts them they become a free agent?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      There definitely has to be a point, but I have no idea when it is.

      • JulioZuleta

        They become free agents one week before the following years draft. Until then they can play indy ball.

        • hansman1982

          wow, so who in the hell would draft Appel anywhere near the top 5 rounds next year?

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

            Someone who really liked him and didn’t want to risk another team taking him.

          • Austin

            Appel will be out of eligibility at Stanford during next year’s draft, so he’ll still be drafted in the top 5, because of his increased signability.

          • JulioZuleta

            Say he didn’t sign, he essentially turns into an Undrafted Free Agent, who’s bonus counts against that years draft allotment the same way someone drafted in rounds 11-40 does. He can’t just negotiate any contract he wants without serious repercussions for the team.

        • King Jeff

          Didn’t this happen with Travis Lee and he was named an unrestricted free agent and sign a huge major league contract?

          • ferrets_bueller

            LOL, Travis Lee.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            When Travis Lee was drafted, there was a rule that if a guy was not offered a contract within 2 weeks, he became a free agent. I do not remember why the Twins failed to cough up a contract.

            I do not know if the new CBA allows for this possibility.

            • nkniacc13

              no the new cba doesn’t allow for this.

            • Scotti

              Back then it was common to miss the deadline. Happened all of the time and MLB did nothing about it (why would they?). Scott Boras saw the loophole and pounced. That year four guys were given free agency over their respective teams failing to offer in time (not all Boras guys but he started the parade).

    • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

      I believe the only way to become a free agent once you are eligible for the draft is to not be drafted. Wasn’t Matt Harrington drafted like 5 or 6 years in a row?

      • calicubsfan007

        dabynsky: 5 years consecutive, I believe. Cubs also had him join spring training, but cut him shortly after. But the Cubs never drafted him, thank God.

  • Dave

    I’ll be in the bleachers on Ron Santo Day, which really ought to be Dave Day, since it’s my birthday.

    • scorecardpaul

      Hey Dave,
      This may sound unusual, but is there a way you could buy a couple of the scorecards on Ron Santo Day and sell them on Ebay?? I collect scorecards ( one of every type ever issued at Wrigley). I am assuming that that day will be hard for me to get a copy of. I would pay $10 plus shipping for a copy ?? I would also think that there are about 6 other people or so who might do the same?? If you got stuck with them I would pay about $5 each for all 7 of them.

      • hansman1982

        but first, be sure to send Paul $100 and Paul will send that plus the $10 and the shipping and another $50 back to you…haha

      • Dave

        I’ll see. I know I’m going to have more Ron Santo HOF plaques than I’ll know what to do with. I’m going with my dad (not really a Cubs fan) and my son (5 year old) so I may do something with one of those.

  • gratefulled

    TWC is in the Midwest!?!?!? I thought I smelled something skunky. If he comes through Iowa I’d let him buy me a beer.

    Go Cubs!!!

    • Katie

      I tried awhile back to convince him to come through for an Iowa Cubs game but no such luck.

  • Jason “Thundermug”

    Why is Vitters being talked about in trade rumors really astonishes me? He is only 22 will be 23 next month but is getting better by the day?

    What do you think the Cubs could get from the Dodgers if we offer them Dempster, LaHair, and Shawn Camp ?

    • Shawn H

      George Ofman tweeted the Cubs had offers on the table from at least two teams. The Tigers, who he says includes a LHP and the Dodgers. He mentioned Chad Withrow and Garrett Gould. The Dodgers are also said to be interested in a let-handed reliever. James Russell could be a sweetener to improve the package.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        Drew Smyly, Casey Crosby, and Andy Oliver immediately come to mind as LHP from Detroit. All three project as mid-rotation guys, all three are works in progress, and all three could be ready to take a rotation slot next season. Or even this season, if it were necessary. Detroit has a bad habit of rushing their pitchers; extra time in the minors probably wouldn’t hurt any of them.

  • morgan

    Drew Smyly from the tigers is the one i want, looking at tap on him dude has strikeout pitches, seems better than the others, and idk but the dodgers dont have anyone that would entice me, Cubs are talking about tradeing a power lefty thats cheap and one of the best pitchers pitching right now in baseball to the dodgers for no better than a number 4 pitcher that right now ppl saying is a bust in withrow and another number 4 in gould, not the right package. Cubs gotta hold out and get better, just dont see the dodgers matching up the the cubs

  • Puma0821

    I realize this is an incredible long shot but any way the Cubs could flip the return for Garza(and maybe an extra piece or two) for Justin Upton?

  • http://bleachernation.com RicoSanto

    Ofman is full of c rap .. Dempster is a ready made playoff starter ( Probably a # 2). He coyuld win a team the WS.Tosae guys are not even in there top 5 pitching prospects. Nate Eovaldi or at the minimum Chris Reed. I would want both if we throw in Russell.

  • calicubsfan007

    I think with Demp, we trade for a solid 1 or 2 potential starter who is nearly or is ready to play in the majors. Just a straight up trade if that happened. Demp for Turner maybe?

    • Ben

      I would do a backflip if we landed Turner for Dempster and I have a hip replacement