Jed Hoyer is being interviewed on MLBN radio here in a few minutes. I'm going to attempt to rapid fire quote what he says, assuming he says anything note-worthy (Brett, if you find anything note-worthy, you're more than welcome to use my account again to verify what he said. I'm just trying to relay information, not create it lol). TH will symbolize what Todd Hollandsworth asked, JM being Jim Memelo, and JH being Jed Hoyer. If I put something in quotes, I tried to nail it as well as I could. Everything else is paraphrased.
JM: What is the volume of interest you're getting from other teams?
JH: We've had a lot of phone calls, talked to every team, some teams multiple times. We've got a lot of good players, teams recognize that, different peices are interesting to different teams. We've gotten a lot of calls so far, with the new playoff system there's a lot of teams in the race, so there’s a lot of phone calls going on.
TH: Chance for a deal before the all-star game, like Theo said?
JH: That's about right. The challenge is if teams are willing to set the market early. Some teams want the market to be set early.
JM: Market opens early because buyer can get a rental for another month?
JH: Some teams that are in buying mode now, may be in selling mode in a month. But teams around .500 are going to be aggressive and 30 days of service time is a part of that.
TH: Open-ness for Sori to open no-trade clause?
JH: They've had conversations, but it's pretty much established that's it's going to be a case by case basis. It looked like Sori's bat quickened up and hopefully that will continue. The day off helped him and Castro because it helped cleared their heads. Even young players wear down and days off are important.
JM: Assess how the Cubs have performed so far this year?
JH: I think Theo nailed it with his quote yesterday. Our run differential is pretty solid. Our season hinges on the fact that we can't finish games out. We haven't won close games or beat the teams in the division. You are what you are.
JM: Cubs FO is not in the business of being .500. Is that accurate?
JH: "That's very accurate." When you have the right roster, finishing .500 can be a good thing, but that's not what we have now.
TH: Are you going to try to trade Kevin Gregg?
JH: We're happy for Kevin and he's been impressive. A lot of really dominant saves, 1-2-3 innings. He's been a lifesaver. Scary to think where we would've been without him. Teams will inquire, but teams will inquire about every guy on our roster.
JM: Asked about buy-low guys (Feldman/Scheirholtz/etc)
JH: We've been really happy with what we've been able to do on the free agent market the last couple of years.
TH: Latest on negotiations with Kris Bryant
JH: "We won't comment on the negotiations, but we hope to get him signed." They'll know pretty soon if a deal will get done or not.
JM: How many untouchables would you say you have, without naming names?
JH: That's a good question, there's obviously guys we've built around and have an age for that. We try to make sure the ages work out. Easiest way to say it is that there are certain players we are excited about fo the future and there are certain players who won't be in their prime when we are ready to compete. I look forward to being on this show and talking about who we can add and not who we can sell.
Also, Jim and Todd were asking about Shark with their last question and they both got the feeling/think that the Cubs are going to trade him to build up the depth, based on what Jed said. I didn't get that impression... but they said they did after the break.