The Cubs Will Not Be Spectators At The Deadline

If general manager Jim Hendry is to be credited with one thing, it is that the Cubs general manager is always ready to make a deal. This is an important month for the Cubs. More than likely, the future will arrive in one way or another in a few weeks when the July 31 trade deadline arrives. Though, Hendry may not wait until then to make a move. After meeting with his top scouts and assistants this past week, the Cubs general manager is ready to deal.

Barry Roznerof the Daily Herald spoke with Hendry on Friday, who wanted to clarify his remarks earlier in the week about the Cubs not indulging in a fire sale. Hendry told Rozner that the Cubs will not stand pat at the July 31 trade deadline.

“I’m not opposed to making moves either way,” Hendry said. “I’m just not going to be trading away young guys, or guys we have under control, just for the sake of getting more young kids.

“We might be buyers and we might be sellers, or we might be both.”

I fully expect the Cubs to be both buyers and sellers this season. The main pieces the Cubs will try and ship off are the players that do not figure into their plans for the 2012 season and beyond. Those players are Kosuke Fukudome, Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, and Carlos Pena. Utility man Jeff Baker may also find himself on another team before the month is over. With the exception of Pena and Ramirez, the Cubs are not in a position where they can demand top prospects for the players they want to trade. For the most part, though, the Cubs would be trading those specific players for the sole purpose of creating more financial flexibility for the off-season.

The Cubs may also be buyers this season. When we say that the Cubs will be buyers, that means the Cubs will look for players that will have an impact for them in 2012 and beyond. One player to keep an eye on that Luke has already suggested is Mets third baseman David Wright. The Mets are struggling financially, and there have been rumors that they may be willing to part ways with Wright. If they are, then you can expect that the Cubs will have an interest in the third baseman.  Wright is only one example, but I would expect the Cubs to try and make at least one trade where they acquire a major league player that will have an immediate impact for them.

If the Cubs are going to pull off such a trade, they would have to part ways with some of their prospects in their farm system. One prospect that has been heavily mentioned in trade speculation has been third baseman Josh Vitters. The Cubs are a little discouraged that it has taken Vitters this long to develop, and he could be an intriguing option to include in a trade package. Tyler Colvin may also be a trade candidate in the right deal.

This is a crucial time for Hendry and the Cubs’ front office as the moves made this month will go a long way in determining when the Cubs will be in contention again.

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  • http://townPWithat Lou

    Jordan, what trade rumors has Vitters been mentioned in?? I havent heard of him being dealt since the Peavy rumors with San Diego like 2 years ago

    • Jordan Campbell

      I was more so throwing out Vitters’ name because of like you said the past rumors with the Padres and Jake Peavy. I have not heard any rumors of late involving him. Though, I can tell you that the Cubs are a tad disappointed with him.

  • Cheryl

    tyler could be among the first included in a package deal. I doubt he figures in the cubs plans for the future. But beyond Wright, will the cubs target pitchers?

    • Jordan Campbell

      I would imagine they will. They do need a solid left handed starter to put in their rotation. During the All-Star break, we will be doing a collaborative post featuring possible trade targets for the Cubs.

  • http://townPWithat Lou

    Jordan, by looking at Vitters stats this season the only 2 stats that bug me are the 8 walks he’s taken and the 17 errors @ 3rd base… Granted he doesn’t strike out a lot(22 times in 247 ab’s) but if he’d learn some plate discipline his average would be a hell of a lot higher than 279…22 doubles before mid season impresses me too, if the Cubs want him to improve on those two things they got to put it to him plain and simple..Maybe a call up and a chance to work with Rudy Jaramillo might help him become a bit more patient at the plate..To me, this is where Ryno would have really helped this organization.. I remember an interview he did back in 1984 talking about how Gary Matthews had helped him become a more patient at the plate and waiting for his pitch..It was something Mike Schmidt had taught the Sarge when he got to Philly in 1981 and being patient, getting more walks made him a better player..Someone with cred has to get thru to Josh, someone whose proven…I don’t want the Cubs to move him or Tyler Colvin, not this season anyway.

  • Luke Blaize

    I don’t buy the Cubs being dissapointed with Vitters. He is young for Double A, is hitting as well as just about anyone in the league over the past month and a half, has made necessary adjustments mid-season, and is learning to play first base as he goes. He is still projecting as a .280 – .310 hitting 25 HR a year guy who will be extremely difficult to strike out, but may not be able to stay at third defensively. That’s what he projected as when the Cubs were encouraged by his progress coming out of the AFL.

    I can see them being disappointed with his defense at third, or with his lack of walks (thought that would be silly… no one ever thought Vitters would walk much), but other than those specific areas, I can’t see the Cubs being disappointed with him generally as a player. Baseball scouts in general are just now starting to admit that maybe the Cubs knew what they were talking about when they didn’t give up on him last season. I’m guessing someone is taking a comment out of context and running with it. This makes less sense than the spring training rumors that the Cubs had firmly decided on Augie Ojeda as their starting second baseman.