Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is 11 days away and the Cubs could be very active as teams continue to look at several players on the Cubs roster.
According to multiple reports, pitchers James Russell, Wesley Wright and Carlos Villanueva have drawn interest. And Russell could be the next player traded according to the Sun-Times. Darwin Barney, Nate Schierholtz, Justin Ruggiano and Luis Valbuena could also be dealt, and if not by July 31 at some point in August.
The Yankees are thought to be interested in Edwin Jackson, according to two reports from the Sun-Times. But according to Comcast SportsNet, the New York Daily News shot down the Yankees interest in Edwin Jackson.
The players are bracing themselves for more change in the clubhouse.
Gordon Wittenmyer pointed out any trades the front office makes in the coming weeks will give the team “roster flexibility for potential prospect promotions and salary saving to add to their spending ability in 2015.”
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Junior Lake, Mike Olt and Arismendy Alcantara
According to reports from the Sun-Times and Comcast SportsNet, the Cubs would like to keep Arismendy Alcantara on the big league roster past the weekend series in Arizona and that could mean Junior Lake and Mike Olt are sent out to make room on the active roster for Kyle Hendricks and another yet to be named starter.
Rick Renteria did not downplay that Olt or Lake could be optioned to Iowa after a rather rough four months in the majors. According to Patrick Mooney, Renteria said he did not want to speculate on roster moves that are on the horizon for his team.
Travis Wood admitted to the beat writers Saturday night that he might be pressing in the wake of the trade with Oakland that removed Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the rotation.
Wood would like to show the team he can complete seven to eight innings a start, but “so far it’s not been happening.” Wood told the beat writers he will get there.
News and Notes
A comment from Starlin Castro is worth pointing out that was buried in a report from Mark Gonzales. After going hitless Friday night, Castro said Saturday, “Friday, I saw only one pitch for a strike, and I made three outs by myself. And that’s the kind of thing that makes you an easy out. Now I know they’re trying to get me to get myself out by chasing those pitches. And that’s not going to happen anymore. I’m going to see more pitches and take my walks.”
Javier Baez extended his hitting streak to 13 games Saturday night. Baez went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI and he was hit by a pitch. Baez started at second base for the third straight game.
Emilio Bonifacio went 0-for-3 Saturday night and is hitless in three rehab games for the Smokies.
The Iowa Cubs hit three more home runs Saturday night. Logan Watkins, Eli Whiteside and Chris Valaika all went yard in Iowa’s 5-4 victory over Round Rock.
Jorge Soler went 0-for-2 with two walks in the Smokies’ doubleheader Saturday.
Kane County’s pitching coach, David Rosario, would not be surprised if Jen-Ho Tseng is in the majors by 2016.
The Cubs filed a lawsuit against the five people who dress as the Cubs unofficial mascot, Billy Cub.
According to a report from Jerry Crasnick, Alex Anthopoulos “makes more calls than anyone in baseball” and the Blue Jays’ GM is “in on everybody.”
This Day In Cubstory
2001 – Cubs acquired Michael Tucker from the Reds for Ben Shaffar and Chris Booker
1982 – Jake Fox, born
1980 – Cubs released Ken Henderson
1969 – At Connie Mack Stadium during the top of the third inning of the nightcap against the Cubs, play is stopped and the two teams moved silently to their respective baselines to look skyward as the crowd is informed word has been sent from Neil Armstrong to Mission Control in Houston that the Eagle had landed on the moon. The game was resumed after a rendition of God Bless America is played and a prayer is said for the astronauts.
1966 – Ernie Banks collected the 2,000th hit of his career in a 5-4 loss to the Reds at Wrigley Field
1954 – Gary Woods, born
1938 – Gabby Hartnett replaced Charlie Grimm as manager of the Cubs
1933 – Babe Herman hit three home runs, including a Grand Slam, and a single while driving in eight runs in a 10-1 victory over the Phillies at Wrigley Field
1929 – Hack Wilson his safely in his 26th consecutive game as the Cubs beat the Dodgers 5-1 in Brooklyn.
1911 – Frank Schulte hit for the cycle in a 4-3 Cubs victory over the Phillies in Philadelphia. Schulte ended the year as the first player in big league history to top the 20-mark in doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases. Willie Mays (1957), Curtis Granderson (2007) and Jimmy Rollins (2007) are the other three players in the history of the game to accomplish the feat.
1886 – Mike Kelly recorded four hits, all singles, and scored four runs. Cap Anson, Jimmy Ryan and Abner Dalrymple homered in the third inning in a 20-4 win over St. Louis at West Side Park.