And some thoughts on the pitching market in the run-up to the deadline.
Chicago Cubs Rumors
Russell was simply the best talent out there that the Cubs could get, and they’re thrilled to get him.
Addison Russell is reportedly in the deal, but many other players could be involved. (UPDATE: Early thoughts on the return for the Cubs.)
Jason Hammel was excellent once again today, and a deal could be drawing near.
Obsessive Samardzija Trade Watch: Another Totally Disinterested Executive is Posturing, Er, Evaluating
There are reasonable debates to be had about Jeff Samardzija’s trade value, but it’s hard not to see the self-interest problem.
It’s not as easy to plan to, and expect to, make an early July trade as folks might think.
Does it mean anything? Other than the fact that we jumped the gun on anticipating action?
The Cubs won’t be in on the biggest names, but they could be involved in some trades. Get ready.
While the Cubs won’t be in on any of the biggest names, they do have slots they could trade … and other possible deals to make.
If an anonymous NL GM cautions that teams should be wary of Samardzija being too “wound,” you’d immediately see the self-interest, right?
Another rental arm muddying up the trade market? Blue Jays making alternative plans? More.