Will the Cubs Trade Jake Fox?

The rumor mill turned it up a notch on Wednesday … and it only figures to pickup momentum in the coming days.

Jake Fox made a lot of headlines last spring by knocking the cover off the ball at Triple-A. The cries for Jake Fox to be called up to the big league club were finally heard in late May … and Fox gave the offense a little boost when he was given playing time. Fox hit .259 with a .311 OBP and a .457 SLG in 82 games with 12 doubles and 11 home runs.

The knock on Jake Fox has always been his defense … and he could be on the move this winter. According to a report from Bruce Levine, the A’s and Royals are among the numerous teams that have contacted the Cubs about Jake Fox. According to Levine, “the Cubs will deal Fox because he really doesn’t fit as a National League bench player.

Here’s the latest from the mill that includes updates on Milton Bradley, Curtis Granderson and other Cubs rumors …

Jake Fox

The Cubs’ bench is one of the many areas Jim Hendry must address this off-season … and it appears Jake Fox is not in his plans.

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs “have heard from numerous teams about Jake Fox.” Levine indicated AL teams, such as the Royals and A’s think Fox can be “a valuable asset as a part-time designated hitter and position player.

The feeling is Fox is not a NL player because of the limits with his glove. As Levine pointed out, Fox worked hard on his defense last year and can really hit a fastball.

Aaron Miles

It appears Jim Hendry will spend this winter trying to correct his mistakes from a year ago. Not only is he trying to move Milton Bradley, Hendry is also trying to move Aaron Miles.

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs “will also try to move Aaron Miles” and are willing to eat some of the $2.7 million Miles is owed in 2010 in order to trade him.

Aaron Miles got injured in spring training, dealt with personal issues and did not hit his weight last season.

Milton Bradley

The theme of the winter continues to be “Milton Bradley will not be back with the Cubs next season.” The Bradley rumors made several headlines on Wednesday and it appears Tampa is still the best bet as a trading partner for Jim Hendry.

Multiple reports indicated the Milton Bradley for Pat Burrell deal is still on the table. Bruce Levine reported the Cubs would send Bradley to the Rays and part of the $21 million he is owed for Pat Burrell … along with the $9.5 million Burrell is owed in 2010.

Jim Hendry must have a deal in place for Burrell before he acquires him from the Rays. Burrell does not fit with the Cubs and many have him ending up with the Mets for Luis Castillo.

Dave Kaplan was adamant on Wednesday night that Bradley would not be back with the Cubs … and Luis Castillo is on the Cubs’ shopping list. The Cubs are looking at Castillo to play second, leaving Ryan Theriot at short for another year and allow Starlin Castro to have more time in the minors.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported a trade between the Rays and Cubs for Bradley and Burrell is “still a strong possibility.” Sherman speculated the Cubs would have to eat at least half of the $12 million owed to Bradley in 2010 in order to make the deal with the Rays.

Curtis Granderson

According to a report from Phil Rogers, the Cubs “would love to fill their centerfield vacancy with Granderson” but are not willing to trade Starlin Castro in the deal. The Tigers “are looking for multiple major-league-ready players” for both Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson.

Rogers reported talks for Granderson and Jackson “are expected to heat up at next week’s winter meetings, if not before.

Ryan Theriot on Sports Central

Ryan Theriot joined Dave Kaplan on Wednesday night for his weekly “Ryan Theriot Show“. Theriot said he expected the Cubs not to offer arbitration to Rich Harden. Theriot said he will have to see what happens with Reed Johnson but stressed the fact he loves Reed … and hopefully he will be a Cub next year. Theriot understands the Cubs are trying to field a healthy, winning team and acknowledged the fact Johnson has dealt with a lot of injuries during his time in Chicago.

Theriot is looking forward to the Cubs Convention in January.

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