Will the Cubs be quiet today as many feel they will … or will Jim Hendry make a few deals to shed salary and players that do not figure into the Cubs plans beyond this season? Who will stay? Who will go? The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is 3:00pm CDT on Sunday afternoon.
According to the rumor mill, teams have checked in on Marlon Byrd, Carlos Pena, John Grabow and Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez does not want to leave and the Cubs do not appear motivated to move Pena.
Will Sunday have has much activity throughout the league as the last five days? Welcome to the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline.
The CCO will post updates from reliable sources as information surfaces … check back for updates leading up to the deadline and follow the CCO on Twitter: @TheCCO.
Updated 7:15am – According to a tweet from Buster Olney on Saturday night, the Cubs have informed other teams that they will not be trading Carlos Pena before the deadline.
Updated 8:19am – According to Jon Heyman, Cubs told others they want to keep Carlos Pena & Marlon Byrd. Pena’s a FA, but Byrd might have brought a haul
Updated 11:36am – According to George Ofman, the Rangers were interested in Carlos Marmol but the Cubs turned them down.
Updated 1:23pm – From Jon Heyman: Cubs players dont want to leave (Aramis, Wood), Cubs dont want to trade their players (Pena, Byrd). One big happy family.