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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

7/21 It’s Dempster’s call

Ryan Dempster’s scoreless inning streak ended Friday while the countdown continued for how long he will remain with the Cubs. Dempster, who was being aggressively pursued by several teams prior to the July 31 Trade Deadline, served up four runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings in the Cubs’ 4-1 loss to the Cardinals. His ERA rose to 2.11, but it’s still best in the National League. He’s aware of the rumors.

“I’m not naive,” Dempster said. “I realize everything that’s going on. I’m well aware [a trade] can happen at any minute. I’m not going to walk on eggshells or worry about that. I can only focus on what I can focus on, and that’s going out there today and trying to pitch and do my job. Now my focus is to work hard tomorrow and get ready five days from now.”

Perhaps the reason he can be so calm is that Dempster is calling the shots. As a player with 10 years in the big leagues and five with the same team, he can veto any deal.

“It’s awesome being the hammer and not the nail,” Dempster said.

He didn’t take the mound at Busch Stadium thinking it might be his last start for the Cubs.

“Maybe that’s why I’m not so uneasy about it because at the end of the day, it’s my decision,” he said.

Was it his last start for the Cubs? Dempster most likely didn’t follow the rumors on Twitter on Friday, which ranged from him being dealt hours before his start, to talks dragging out for a few days.

“[The media] has a job to do and I understand that,” Dempster said of the rumors. “For me, it’s just business as usual and I have to do what I have to do. Nothing has changed for me. I have to go out and get ready for my next start. I’m sure if they have something of any substance to it, they’ll come up and ask me, but until then, I just worry about what I can do.”

He doesn’t hesitate when his phone rings.

“I’m hoping its Publisher’s Clearing House — Ed McMahon maybe,” he said.

Here’s the real shocker — despite all the rumors, Dempster could end up staying with the Cubs.

“If I’m going to go, I want to go win,” Dempster said. “For right now, I’m a member of this team and I want to do the best I can to be a good teammate and go out there and do my job when I’m asked to do my job.”

– Carrie Muskat

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