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The Cubs keep sticking it to the Pirates, and just about everyone had a good night tonight (except maybe Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson, and Geovany Soto, depending on their perspective).

Justin Germano had a nice first start, albeit one on a limited pitch count. And the Cubs muscled up, big-time.

  • http://casualcubsfan.blogger.com hansman1982

    wait, there was a game tonight?

  • nkniacc13

    take a pic because tommorrows lineup card will have a whole bunch of different names

  • Ron

    Isn’t this what the Cubs did to the Pirates about the trade deadline last year?

    • TWC

      Yup. The Cubs sticking it to the Pirates last year started the Bucs on their quick drop back to sub-.500 ball.

      Which was fine with me, really.

      • Joshua Edwards

        Moi aussi.

  • John

    Carrie Muskat is saying the cubs are expected to call up Brett Jackson, that was the reason why he was pulled. That has to mean either Soriano or David Dejesus is getting traded too.

    • nkniacc13

      LaHair coul be getting delt with Dejesus going to RF

    • Scotti

      Reed Johnson was traded.

  • Patrick W.

    If they pulled Jackson for the call up, why haven’t we heard anything about a catcher? Did Castillo play tonight?

    • willis

      He did not. He’s on his way too I’m sure.

      BTW, another good win against a good team.

  • Kurt

    Not sure I’m liking the Garza to Reds rumors (MLB Tonight)

    • MaxM1908

      I also saw the Blue Jays are making a pushing for him. That would be great.

      • willis

        Would much rather that than the Reds. I’ll be pissed if he’s moved at all. But to the Reds? So he can dominate the Cubs for years to come? Stupid as shit.

      • Joshua Edwards

        Normally I would hate dealing with a rival.

        But I actually like the idea of the BJs and Reds bidding for services of some combination of DeJesus/Soriano/LaHair + Garza.

        Anything to deal the Reds long-term damage in the short term is a divisional win. If you’re already playing for 2013-2014 it’s okay to deal with rivals, especially if you can leverage Toronto’s young talent against them (and outspend them by a factor of the Pittsburgh Pirates).

      • rcleven

        Texas had had contact too.

  • Fastball

    Soriano has told the cubs he will not accept a trade to the Giants. Interesting. I don’t think Soriano is part of any discussions with the Dodgers. I think Theo has already left Coletti is his wake. Think the Blue Jays will come on a close the deal for Garza.

  • cubsin

    Calling up Jackson could mean a trade for Soriano or DeJesus, but it could also mean a trade for LaHair.

  • MaxM1908

    Looks like Vizcaino is the other name for Maholm/Johnson.

  • ETS

    am I the only one who was trying to figure out who luiz was?

    • Featherstone

      pretty sure it said LULZ, referring to the beatdown put down by the cubs on the Pirates SP and first RP.

  • MightyBear

    Wouldn’t Jackson be called up to take Reed Johnson’s spot? Did I miss that?

  • calicubsfan007

    Brett’s wife= Wife of the year (=. Don’t know her, but Happy B-Day Brett’s wife!

  • Kubphan82

    Is Rudy Jaramillo a coach somewhere now that he lost his gig with the Cubs? If not, I don’t see Lahair being moved…

  • daveyrosello

    Sometimes, the buy-low idea works out well. Look at the mileage the Cubs have gotten this year out of former castoffs like Manny Corpas, Shawn Camp, Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson. Impressive. I’m disappointed the Cubs didn’t get more for Maholm + Reed, but considering they cost the team zero players to acquire, anything is a net gain. And Vizcaino could possibly be a huge gain long-term.

    Soto OTOH, what a waste. I definitely would have liked to see a better prospect coming from Texas with that one.

    • Tony S

      With Texas in on Garza perhaps the Soto for a lesser prospect trade was just greasing the wheels for an ‘overs’ return on Garza to Texas??

  • http://Yes Dude

    Pirates get Snider

  • bbmoney

    Castro is back. He’s back baby.

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