7/30 Cubs talking to Pirates
The Cubs and Pirates are discussing a possible deal that would send lefty reliever John Grabow to Chicago. The Cubs have just one lefty in the pen in Sean Marshall, and have been looking for help. Grabow is 3-0 with 16 holds in 45 games, and has 41 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings. Right-handed hitters are batting .234 against him.
Numerous reports say the discussions have increased. The Cubs also are believed to be talking to the Pirates about lefty Tom Gorzelanny, who is 4-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A Indianapolis. In his last start Monday, Gorzelanny gave up two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.
GM Jim Hendry said prior to Thursday’s game that the number of calls he’s received from teams has intensified since Wednesday night.
— Carrie Muskat