7/31 Cubs stand pat

The non-waiver Trade Deadline passed, and the Cubs held onto outfielders Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus as well as relievers Kevin Gregg. The four players had been mentioned in trade rumors leading up to Wednesday’s 3 p.m. CT deadline.

Schierholtz was an attractive option for a team needing a left-handed bat and solid corner outfielder.

“It’s always a good thing, I think, to be in trade rumors or have the possibility to be traded,” Schierholtz said on Sunday of the positive talk, “but like I said, I’m happy here and I want to be part of the future here.”

FOX Sports and MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal predicted early Wednesday that the Cubs would move either DeJesus or Schierholtz. The Pirates, who have a 1 1/2 game lead in the National League Central over the Cardinals, were looking at improving their right field situation and considered adding a left-handed bat.

Pittsburgh was batting .241 against right-handed pitching compared to .251 against lefties. Schierholtz was batting .283 against right-handers with a career-high 14 home runs. DeJesus, who just returned from the DL, was batting .282 against right-handers.

Money-wise, DeJesus has a $6.5 million club option for 2014, while Schierholtz was only signed for this year and would be a less expensive option.

There also were reports that the Cardinals inquired about Dioner Navarro but nothing was done. The Cardinals are in need of a catcher after Yadier Molina was placed on the disabled list.

The Cubs got a head start on other teams when they sent Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Orioles for Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop; and dealt Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers for Matt Guerrier on July 2. Six days later, Scott Hairston was traded to the Nationals for Minor League pitcher Ivan Pineyro.

On July 22, the Cubs made the biggest splash, sending Matt Garza to the Rangers for four Minor League players, including C.J. Edwards and Mike Olt. Last Friday, veteran Alfonso Soriano was dealt to the Yankees for Class A pitcher Corey Black.

It’s all part of the rebuilding process that president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has proposed since taking over the Cubs prior to the 2012 season.

– Carrie Muskat

9 Comments

Next year we can look forward these Cubs players to get traded one way or another…….

DeJesus
Schierholtz
Barney
Villanueva
Samardzija
Russell
E. Jackson

One more sell off my friends and Theo & Jed can look into becoming “Buyers” during every July from 2015 and on.

I wouldn’t mind if Samardzija is traded next year for some GREAT prospects that are ML ready but I would not go as far to say I am LOOKING FORWARD to him being traded. I think we should keep Russell as well, if used properly (vs lh hitters only) he can be golden.

If not this off season…

Good comment,Samardzija and Russell stay.Minor league players will be added to spice up the deals.

I think we gotta look to a time where we are going to actually be buyers.. I think that could start next year at the deadline if we are still in it… some moves need to be made this off season… maybe trade a couple guys (not shark) and start signing some guys for the future… definitely need to extend shark …. look at signing ellsbury and a quality starter

It will be interesting to see what the offseason hold for the Cubs. I think I see a big trade for the Cubs going down Maybe a Castro/Otl for Price

Olt is worthless… guy is bjax at 3b… my bet is he is out of baseball in the next few years… his eyesight is not good

I will not protest one bit if Castro is traded. If we ever become legit and a contender, I predict Castro will not be the ss on that club. Perhaps he can play an outfield position, but only if he ups his offensive game. He`s no championship ss; I can guarantee you that. See last night`s messing the bed with that line drive. Every other major league ss I`ve observed catches that ball sans a problem.

Too weak up the middle. Average production in the outfield. Lake needs to play everyday from now thru end of year to see if he can cut it at this level. 3rd & 2nd wide open for talent. Two to three years to contend. And DS will never take any team into contention and you can take that to the bank.

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