6/30 Chance of trade: 50-50

Asked if he expected the Cubs to make a deal before the All-Star break, Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations said Sunday the chances are “50-50.”

“Judging by the amount of calls that are going on, I would say the number of pieces we potentially have available and the opportunities that might present themselves for us to get better, yeah, I’d say 50-50,” Epstein said.

Matt Garza and Scott Feldman are drawing interest for teams looking for another starter, while teams also have inquired about closer Kevin Gregg, who blew his first save opportunity in 13 opportunities on Saturday. The interest — and rumors — will continue up until the July 31 Trade Deadline.

There also have been reports that teams are inquiring about Nate Schierholtz but Epstein may be hard pressed to part with the outfielder, who has moved into the No. 3 spot in the lineup.

“He’s exceeded our expectations with the overall quality at-bats,” Epstein said of Schierholtz. “To hit him in the three-hole, he does a nice job. He can handle different kinds of pitching, give you a tough at-bat. He’s a threat to go deep if they make a mistake, runs the bases well, he’s been really reliable defensively. He’s done a nice job.”

– Carrie Muskat

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I thought that the slave trade was a thing of the past now that the cubs are owned by folks with deep pockets. The thought of losing Garza, Feldman and Gregg
makes me want to curse, scream, oh shit! It’s just horrible!

“He’s exceeded our expectations with the overall quality at-bats,” uhhhhh…he admits that??? So…he signed the guy and expected less than what he is providing? Schierholtz is definatley exceeding MY expectations and more than likely a LOT of cubs’s fans’ expectations but wouldn’t a smarter remark have been that he IS meeting our expectations???? You know, so the FO looks like they know what they are doing instead of basically proclaiming they ACCIDENTALLY signed a good player? I didn’t notice any mention of all the interest in Soriano, can’t imagine what’s wrong with all the other GMs….. Haven’t they noticed Soriano hitting well the past THREE games? That’s not enough to take him on and have him propel their team to the World Series? What’s wrong with these GMs?????

YOU GOT JOKES JDF SORRANO STRIKE OUT MORE THAN ANY TEAM WOULD WANT .HE SHOULD HAVE NOT PLAYED THE OUTFIELD IN TODAY GAME DH FINE .NOW LET TALK ABOUT SHAWN GIVE UP HR CAMP WE ALL WANT CARLOS.M NOT TO PITCH AGAIN FOR THE CUB BUT CAMP IS JUST AS BAD WITH ALL THE WALK AND HR THAT HE IS GIVEN UP IT IT TIME TO SHUT HIM DOWN BECAUSE YOU CAN NOT GET ANY THING FOR HIM

Agree with you Clarence. Camp is not doing us any good and our entire bullpen, except for Gregg, is looking pretty grim. Perhaps with Sweeney on the DL they will bring up another closer. Or just release Camp and bring up another outfielder too.

Maybe you should look at the stats of Russell and Parker.

Another site talking trades has mentioned Garza, Feldman, Samardizja, Soriano, Russell and Gregg so far. Of course all rumors so far.

agreed I think our bullpen is just missing a couple of pieces to really make it solid. Parker is a young guy that got his chance this year and is doing well…. everyone on here is all about rushing prospects and one gets called up and you don’t even realize it…… Russell is probably our most valuable bullpen asset but he isn’t going anywhere. Really like russel. Vizcaino would have been in our bullpen in the next month or so but he had a set back in his recovery.

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Trade everyone. Cubs aren’t winning for another five years. Get prospects and build for the future.

i think that a little excessive but yes we need to make some trades for some young guys…. I fully expect to be contending in 2015…

Give Castro and Rizzo two more years….maybe their replacements will make Castro & Rizzo nice trade bait for pitching someday.

castro and rizzo are here to stay

Trading for young guys is the way to go and I think to date the FO has done an admirable job in that regard although there is no payoff yet. However I do hope that Russell is NOT traded as I think he IS a young guy that will contribute to a title run in the next few years. Makes no sense to trade him unless completely overwhelmed with prospects that can make the ML team next year.

I thought this team would contend by 2015……but not now……this team keeps on doing White Flag sales every July…….so far off until our prospects get their act together to start contending…….Samardzija will be gone when he wants $175million plus on a new contract……maybe by 2017 Cubs fans will see something happen.

i don’t see it as THAT bleak… we should continue to take steps forward and I think if our bullpen was fixed we would have around 10 more wins at least…. not to mention how bad our offense was early on. And by contending I guess I should say contending for a spot in the playoffs.

That’s a good point about Samardzija, he may not agree to what the Cubs offer. Still, we must continue to build from the minors as the new FO is doing, and nicely at that. If we miss out on Samardzija then we’ll have to open the vault for some FA pitchers when the time comes. We should have the financial means to do so with the Soriano’s ludicrous payroll gone. 2017?? If that late….. Theo’s going to be in some hot water.

ya eventually we got to realize how much good pitching costs…. its freaking expensive… and would we rather spend that 175 mill on a FA pitcher? IDK some names might be worth more… Price… Hernandez… there are worse things to spend 175 mill on than the 28 yr pitcher who is #6 in strikeouts in the MLB. I think he is worth close to what he is asking… especially considering he doesn’t have a ton of innings on his arm and he has been completely durable so far

After suffering through one of the most lopsided, unjustified contracts in baseball history, Soriano’s…I would have no problem if they locked up The Shark for an excessive dollar amount. He’s young enough and good enough to be at least a #2 starter on a winning team should the Cubs break the bank and spend even more money on an even better FA pitcher. We should brace ourselves for either losing The Shark or “overpaying” for him. I would rather see the latter.

Teams will be very interested in a lefty for situations, like Russell. Just don’t ask him to close (0 for 5). The entire rotation has value, except our next albatross Jackson. But I have ZERO confidence in the trading ability of this regime

Mamma, will they trade Garza to the Rockies for LeMehue and Colvin?? Ha!
I disagree, I think Russell would fetch quite a return!!

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