7/27 Trade winds
With the trade deadline approaching, the Cubs are on the lookout for left-handed pitching for the bullpen. Sean Marshall is Lou Piniella’s only option.
Two names that are believed to be on the Cubs’ radar, according to the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, are Washington’s Joe Beimel and Pittsburgh’s John Grabow. Left-handed hitters are batting .233 off Beimel, while Grabow has fared better against right-handed hitters, holding them to a .243 average.
The Pirates were expected to listen to offers for Grabow, who will be a free agent after this season. Pittsburgh has made no attempt to sign him to an extension at any point. The Pirates are in the market for for prospects, specifically middle infielders who are near Major League ready.
Piniella is consulted on moves, but leaves the wheeling and dealing to GM Jim Hendry. When told that the Cubs players feel they don’t need to make a deal, Piniella said: “That’s Jim’s department. He always likes to do something if he can at the trading deadline. I know he’s been talking to quite a few teams but that’s his area. I get paid to manage.”
— Carrie Muskat