July is quickly coming to an end and Thursday is baseball’s non-waiver Trade Deadline (3:00pm CDT). Teams are believed to be interested in several players on the Cubs big league roster, and the Cubs are reportedly trying to trade Edwin Jackson.
Emilio Bonifacio, Nate Schierholtz, Carlos Villanueva and Darwin Barney could be dealt by Thursday as well as Luis Valbuena and Justin Ruggiano.
James Russell and Wesley Wright appear to be the two players that are receiving the most interest. The Braves and Nationals are looking at Russell and Wright as options to fill a lefty reliever role in their pens.
According to Nick Cafardo, “the Cubs would love to keep trading off and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the struggling Edwin Jackson depart.”
Then there are the David Price and Jon Lester rumors that figure to intensify over the next three-plus days. Ken Rosenthal reported “some within the industry believe that the Cubs will make a play” for David Price and Boston has a decision to make with Jon Lester. And if Lester is dealt, where he ends up could impact his decision on which team he signs with in the off-season.
News and Notes
Kyle Hendricks held his own with Adam Wainwright Sunday and told the beat writers after the game that it was awesome facing Wainwright. Hendricks admitted he did not sleep much the night before because he was “so excited.” Hendricks said, “He’s one of the best pitchers in the game and those are the moments you live for is to pitch against the best.”
Kyuji Fujikawa will continue his rehab with the Iowa Cubs this week. According to a report from the Des Moines Register, Fujikawa will be with the I-Cubs when the team travels to New Orleans. Iowa starts a nine-game road trip Tuesday. Marty Pevey told the Des Moines Register that Fujikawa’s stuff “isn’t super sharp yet.” Fujikawa has allowed one run on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in four games (four innings) with Iowa (2.25 ERA, 1.50 WHIP).
LHP Gerardo Concepcion was promoted from Kane County to the Daytona Cubs. Concepcion posted a 2-2 record in 19 games with the Cougars (3.89 ERA, 1.25 WHIP). Concepcion gave up 37 hits in 41 2/3 innings with 15 walks and 38 strikeouts. Over his last seven outings, Concepcion surrendered 11 hits with eight walks and 15 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings while holding teams to a .180 batting average.
C.J. Edwards announced on his Twitter account that he is starting for the AZL Cubs on Monday night and he is hoping this is his final rehab start before he sent back to Double-A Tennessee.
It was a rather busy weekend for the Cubs as the rumors continue to swirl. There were a bunch of home runs in the minors, Kyle Hendricks turned in a solid performance against the Cardinals. The Cubs sent out RHP Neil Ramirez to give him a breather and recalled RHP Blake Parker.
The Hall of Fame welcomed Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre on Sunday afternoon.
And it all began with a little rambling …
- Rambling About the Cubs as the Future is Closing In – July 25
- The Daily CCO: Cubs Reportedly Trying to Deal Edwin Jackson – July 25
- Jorge Soler and Albert Almora Debuts and a Javier Baez Home Run Headline a Good Night in Cubs System (with Video) – July 25
- Cubs Have Reportedly Had Internal Discussions about Jon Lester and Justin Masterson – July 26
- Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 07/26/14
- From the Wire: Cubs Option RHP Neil Ramirez to Iowa, Recall RHP Blake Parker – July 26
- Cubs Prospect Addison Russell Hit Two Longballs for Second Time in Six Days (with Video) – July 26
- Cubs Stay in the Rumor Mill as the Trade Deadline Approaches – July 26
- Big Night for Javier Baez and Addison Russell Hit Another Home Run (w/ Video) – July 27
- The Daily CCO: Greg Maddux and Hall of Fame Sunday – July 27
- Cubs Prospect Jorge Soler Launches First Triple-A Home Run – July 27
This Day In Cubstory
2011 – Cubs traded Kosuke Fukudome and cash to the Indians for Abner Abreu and Carlton Smith
2000 – Cubs traded Brett King, Chris Hatcher and Mike Heathcott to the Angels for Brett Hinchliffe and Keith Luuloa
1998 – A day after hitting the first grand slam of his career, Sammy Sosa hit a grand slam for the second time in two days and became the 18th player in big league history to hit grand slams on consecutive days and the first Cubs player to accomplish the feat
1992 – Cubs traded a PTBNL to the Dodgers for Kal Daniels. Cubs sent Mike Sodders to the Dodgers later in the day to complete the trade.
1990 – Shawon Dunston tied a Major League record by hitting three triples in a 10-7 win over the Expos. Dunston drove in five runs.
1986 – Cubs acquired Rich Surhoff and Bryan Dial from the Rangers for Ron Merideth.
1979 – Dave Kingman hit three home runs, but the Cubs lost to the Mets 6-4 in New York. Kingman belted two home runs the night before that gave him five longballs in two days and tied a Major League record first set by Cap Anson in 1884 and tied by several other players, including Billy Williams in 1968.
1977 – Cubs beat the Reds 16-15 in a 13 innings game that lasted four hours and 50 minutes. The Cubs overcame Reds leads of 6-0, 10-8, 13-11 and 15-14 and won on a Dave Rosello RBI single. Bill Buckner, Jerry Morales, Bobby Murcer, and George Mitterwald hit home runs.
1968 – A crowd of 42,261, the largest crowd at Wrigley in 20 years, saw the Cubs go over the .500 mark (52-51) with 8-3 ad 1-0 victories over the Dodgers behind Joe Niekro and Ken Holtzman
1963 – Dick Ellsworth struck out Stan Musial three times in a Cubs 5-1 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. It was the only time ‘Stan the Man’ struck out three times in a game during his 22-year career, 3026 games.
1960 – Carmelo Martinez, born