7/8 Trade deadline chatter

GM Jim Hendry said he’s gotten phone calls from teams inquiring about players the Cubs are not interested in moving — and the teams know that before they call. It’s just a feeling out process normal prior to the July 31 trade deadline.

“Everything we try to do will be designed to try to get better moving forward,” Hendry said. “There won’t be pieces moved that will be integral parts of the club a year from now. It’s just normal banter when you’re having a bad first half like we’ve had, people think you back up the truck and start moving bodies. It’s not a question of having to move money. We’ll try to do things that make logical sense. As we all know, most of the trades that pop up in July are usually late. Most of the time, in my experience, they weren’t the ones you planned and they just kind of happen. We’ll try to be aggressive if things make sense for us to get better for next year.”

Hendry said he’ll move players whom they feel aren’t expected to be integral parts of the team next year.

“But when you start going out on a limb July 8 and say, ‘We want to move this guy so so-and-so can play more’ and that doesn’t happen, it’s not like you’re signing free agents or you have to find people to trade people,” he said. “Usually what happens between the 8th and 31st [of July], some of your players become more valuable to others if clubs have injuries. That’s always been the case in the past.”

Hendry said that’s what happened last year when teams started inquiring about Derrek Lee. The trading deadline is July 31.

— Carrie Muskat


I think like most fans……….we want to see an overhaul. The Cubs need to get more athletic and we need some players who are more consistent and not so streaky.

Just one of his many problems is Hendry miscalculating which player is “integral” and for WHICH YEAR. He mentions NEXT YEAR as being a year some of the current players will be an integral part of the roster…really JIm? How difficult is it to perceive that this organization needs only players integral to BEYOND next season and only in a development way. For example if Hendry falls in love with Pena’s homeruns and defense and signs him for next year and or beyond that would not be a wise move for the good of the BIG PICTURE. Hendry will brush aside Pena’s strike outs and low BA and sign him form an emotinal stance? Not good. In fact what GOOD was it to blow $10 mil on Pena for THIS SEASON? Still just another head scratcher by Hendry. The $10 mil could have been used for signing bonuses etc. FOR THE FUTURE ROSTER. The only “integral” players for next season? Castro, Barney and uh…uh…uh… well, Castro and Barney as you can build up the middle with those two. Everybody else whether or not tradable or not are EASILY replaced. Nobody on this current roster is a stand out player that the opposition fears. Who’s gonna think Hendry is in positon of leverage anyway when it comes to getting value for Pena, Ramirez, Fukodome etc.? They are all gone next year anyway.

The absolute best thing the Cubs could do to try to get better moving forward is FIRE JIM HENDRY. He’s been mediocre at best, showing very little skill in making quality trades and very little interest in choosing leadership for the team.

If he wants integral parts for next year then he should step down and let a competent guy take over as GM.

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Funny, Hendry says things that make sense, but fails to realize HIs positon is key for moving forward and getting better. It must start with somebody ABOVE Hendry REPLACING HENDRY and not Hendry replacing players.

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