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