stoveStill relatively quiet. There was a definite uptick this morning, but not a lot from the Cubs’ side of things …

  • The Diamondbacks are still shopping Ian Kennedy, per Jon Heyman, despite missing out on Jake Peavy last night. Although Buster Olney had connected the Cubs to Kennedy yesterday, Heyman mentions only the Padres and Angels. As a buy low opportunity, Kennedy made great sense for the Cubs (though more likely in the offseason). But if teams are, like, bidding for him … eh. Some of the shine wears off.
  • Yadier Molina is going on the disabled list with a knee sprain, but if you thought the Cardinals might get desperate to pick up a catcher (Dioner Navarro, perhaps?), Ken Rosenthal says it isn’t happening. According to the Cardinals, anyway.
  • If the Cubs are shopping James Russell, they could have a lefty reliever competitor in the form of Padres reliever Joe Thatcher. Consistently very good, and absurdly so this year, Thatcher is 31, makes just $1.35 million this year, and has one more year of arbitration after this season. He’s probably a more attractive overall target, and the Padres might move him, says Jayson Stark.
  • The Braves are still looking for a backup infielder (Cody Ransom?), per Mark Bowman, but they may wait until August to address the hole in the waiver period.
  • Jayson Stark says the Rangers and Pirates – who very much need to add an outfielder – have only lukewarm interest in Alex Rios. The Cubs, as we’ve discussed, have Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus to offer in the right deal.
  • If you’re hoping for a blockbuster involving Cliff Lee – to any team, not the Cubs – Jim Bowden says it isn’t happening.
  • Mike Taylor (no relation)

    Red Sox still looking for bullpen help.

    • FFP

      Red Sox kind of just got some bullpen help. Workman and Dempster, now that they got Peavy and probably have Buchholtz coming back. Do you mean in addition to that?

  • Jed Jam Band

    The basic idea I’m getting out of the Phillies’ trade season strategy: PANIC! WE DON’T HAVE A STRATEGY! YOU WANT CLIFF LEE? NO, WE LIKE HIM, YOU CAN’T HAVE HIM! CHASE UTLEY? EXTEND HIM!

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    Man its quiet today. Was hoping for more out there. Nobody is jumping to make moves.

    • LoneStarCub

      I agree.

  • FullCountTommy

    Still don’t know how the Dbacks could seriously ask for Samardzija in a deal centered around Ian Kennedy. I want what they’re having (drugs/alcohol/bath salts???)

    • Abe Froman

      Reminds me of the asshole in every fantasy league that makes ridiculous offers hoping you accidentally click accept.

      • Kyle

        The Cubs did the same thing in reverse when asked about Samardzija.

        • FullCountTommy

          How so?? The Rays got the #2 prospect in baseball, plus another top 30 prospect in all of baseball and a top 15 organizational prospect for James Shields. While Samardzija doesn’t have quite the track record as Shields, he has better stuff, and he is cheaper and has 3 months more of control than Shields had. So I don’t think asking for 2 top priospects is a reach

          • Abe Froman

            Agreed, the DBacks could counter from the Cubs offer and say Bradley plus Trahan plus something else. The room to negotiate from starting with their offer of Kennedy leaves a much larger value gap to close.

    • cubzfan

      Maybe they were offering their two top prospects besides Bradley along with Kennedy. It’s the Cubs choice to focus on getting a high-end pitcher back for Shark. Doesn’t mean other teams can’t offer other types of prospects, or that doing so is stupid.

      • FullCountTommy

        If that were the case, I would still say that the #3 ranked prospect (Holmberg, Owings, Davidson, etc.) would be the centerpiece. Ian Kennedy has 1 season with a FIP under 4, and has been on a downward trend since then, including being one of the worst qualified pitchers in baseball this year

    • Dustin S

      Actually the whispers early today were that the Kennedy talk was for (gasp!) Lake, but quickly died there. I was interesting though and makes you wonder if Theo might be pondering selling high on him. It would be very Theo-like. Doubt very much anything happens with Lake but I’m sure it has crossed his mind.

  • YourResidentJag

    Rays have some interest in DeJesus.

    • Mike Taylor (no relation)

      Let’s get Chris Archer back for DeJesus. 😉

      • Cub Fan in Hickory(Mike S)

        likes ^

      • ssckelley

        Great idea! Perhaps if the Cubs throw in Vitters and Jackson they would take us seriously?

      • YourResidentJag

        I want Longoria. :)

  • Jono

    Yadi went down? Just a chance to check out their next super star catcher.

    • kmr1453

      Cruz looked pretty good in the 1st game of the double-header yesterday against the Pirates.

  • CubsFaninMS

    Shin Soo-Choo has been hit by a pitch 22 times this year, 4 more times that Starlin Castro has walked.

    True story.

  • Frank

    Did you say that the Padres want to trade Margaret Thatcher?

    • Jed Jam Band

      Margaret Thatcher plays baseball?

  • North Side Irish

    Peter Gammons ‏@pgammo 1m
    anyone wanting Schierholz has to pay the price for a guy w/ 2d best OPS of any RF in baseball

    • Jp3

      Don’t trade him for Neil Ramirez please…

    • Elden14

      Not that I had any doubts in this FO being able to get ample returns for their players, but I’m glad their advertising Shierholz as such.

    • YourResidentJag

      Wilmer Font?

      • TulaneCubs

        No way are they dealing Schierholtz for a bullpen guy. My guess is they’re looking for a guy that projects at least as a mid-rotation starter.

        • YourResidentJag

          Well, maybe. We’ll see if they trade him at all.

  • North Side Irish

    Jayson Stark ‏@jaysonst 3m
    Likelihood is growing that #Pirates won’t do anything today & see what’s out there in August, according to several teams talking with them

    Have to think this would be disappointing to Pirates fans…

    • On The Farm

      Don’t they have the best record right now? If there ever was a time to go for it, now would be the time.

    • Jed Jam Band

      That would be a disappointing attitude for that franchise to take, especially after all the crap their fans have had to put up with the last few decades.

      • YourResidentJag

        Especially when I know that fans in Pittsburgh had huge problems with tax increases used to pay for PNC Park.

        • Jed Jam Band

          But, the team’s winning, so obviously it worked, right? *sarcasm*

    • North Side Irish

      And about 10 minutes later John Arguello posts an update saying the Pirates are pushing hard on Schierholtz…kind of sums up this time year nicely.

  • kmr1453

    Rosenthal update: Cards are looking for another catcher.

    • TWC

      Neck tattoo(s) required.

    • Jed Jam Band

      We have one. Give us your prospects!

    • CubsFaninMS

      We demand Wong/Wacha!

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