From all indications the Cubs are looking for help in the bullpen, and not for their offense. During Sports Central on Wednesday night, Dave Kaplan mentioned his sources indicated the Cubs would really like to add George Sherrill but that the Orioles’ closer would cost the Cubs too much in terms of prospects.
Kaplan indicated the Cubs have inquired about Joe Beimel, John Grabow and Chad Qualls … the same names as reported on Tuesday. The Cubs are off to a 5-2 start in the second half despite their offensive inconsistencies … and are just one game back of the Cardinals, three games abaove .500. In his blog, Kaplan stated the only position the Cubs could realistically make a change would be at second base. Kaplan said with the pending ownership change that Freddy Sanchez might not be affordable in either dollars or in prospects. Kaplan mentioned the only other possibility for a change would be in centerfield, but that Kosuke Fukudome has produced out of the lead off spot.
As discussed on the CCO Radio Show Wednesday night, the Cubs have the talent to win the division, if they can relax and play to their abilities.
Stay Tuned … the non-waiver trade deadline is eight days away.