Jed Hoyer met with the beat writers prior to Tuesday’s marathon and said he is expecting to be active leading up to the trade deadline. The Cubs are having conversations with teams about possible deals for several players on the big league roster, but it would not surprise Hoyer if the Cubs ended up not making any moves.
Numerous teams, including the Royals and Giants, are looking at Emilio Bonifacio according to Bruce Levine and both lefty relievers, James Russell and Wesley Wright, along with Carlos Villanueva remain of interest to other teams. And Villanueva is “on the short list of teams looking for a versatile swing man” according to Bruce Levine.
Jed Hoyer called Wednesday “moving day” because contenders “will get a lot more serious” about making deals. Teams do not want to wait until the last day according to Hoyer. Hoyer explained, “You’re sort of trying to find a dance partner on the 30th and 31st. People cast a wide net early and then they sort of hone in on what they think is realistic. As you get toward tomorrow [Wednesday] evening, people want to make deals and they’re a little more willing to sort of pair up.”
While the front office is reportedly having a lot of conversations, the Cubs may be reluctant to trade players such as Luis Valbuena, Justin Ruggiano, Chris Coghlan, James Russell and Wesley Wright that the team have control over beyond this season.
Hoyer explained, “We’ve been pretty aware of moving those guys as we think about how we have to put the team together next year. The free-agent markets are pretty thin right now. You can trade a guy that will be under club control. But unless you’ve got a prospect that can do that same job, all that means is you’re right back on the market this winter, trying to find virtually the same skill set.”
The Sun-Times reported the Cubs have no interest in moving Jake Arrieta and it could take “blow-me-away offers” for the Cubs to trade role players such as Justin Ruggiano and James Russell.