MLB Trade Deadline: Live Tweets, Rumors, And Deals


The non waiver trading deadline day is here. Teams have until 3PM central time to make deals without having to go through waivers first. Though, Cubs fans should not get their hopes up, as all indications are that the Cubs will remain silent today and may not make a trade. With Marlon Byrd and Carlos Pena off the trading block, the only other player that has a realistic chance of being traded today is reliever John Grabow. But here at Cubbies Crib, we are not letting the Cubs expected inactivity affect our deadline plans.

This will be the live thread for the MLB Trade Deadline, this post will be updated throughout the day with tweets, rumors, and deals that hopefully impact the Cubs. In addition, I will also throw in my opinion where I see fit.

8:00 AM: Ken Rosenthal tweeted last night that the Chicago White Sox may be looking to add a starting pitcher to add depth to their pitching staff. The Cleveland Indians have been the most aggresive team in the American League Central–Acquiring Kosuke Fukudome, Ubaldo Jimenez, and on the cusp of landing Ryan Ludwick. White Sox general manager Kenny Williams has a flare for the dramatic and usually has one trick up his sleeve. If Williams wants to stay on pace with the Indians, he may give Cubs’ general manager Jim Hendry a call regarding starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano. The Cubs are believed to be willing to absorb most of the remaining salary on Zambrano’s contract, which would work for the White Sox who do not intend to add salary today. This is my own speculation, and Zambrano has yet to be linked to the White Sox this season.

8:21 AM: Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated seems to confirm what other outlets are reporting, and that is that the Cubs are telling teams that they want to keep both Marlon Byrd and Carlos Pena. As I suggested last night, Heyman notes that Byrd might have netted the Cubs a haul of prospects. Considering that the Cubs told teams they are not shopping Byrd or Pena before the deadline, it is fair to assume that the Cubs do not intend to trade either in August. Byrd figures to be the Cubs starting center fielder until top prospect Brett Jackson is ready, which could be as early as this season. Meanwhile, Pena could be back with the Cubs, though it depends on whether or not the Cubs sign Prince Fielder this off-season.

10:00 AM: Bob Nightengale of USA Today joined Matt Spiegel and Barry Rozner on 670 The Score’s Sunday morning baseball show “Hit and Run.” Nightengale told Rozner and Spiegel that he has heard nothing on the Cubs’ trade front, saying that general manager Jim Hendry has had little if any any trade discussions with other teams. If that is indeed true, which seems likely, then this is unacceptable from the Cubs’ general manager. Whether his true intentions or not, Hendry has allowed his “lame-duck” status get in the way of making trades to better the Cubs for the future. Nightengale also offered some inside to possible front office changes that may be coming for the Cubs, but, I will save that for after our trade deadline coverage.

11:30: WBBM 780 Sports Reporter and long-time Chicago Sports insider George Ofman tweeted that he was told the Rangers wanted Carlos Marmol, but the Cubs turned them down. That does not come as a surprise considering Hendry has said multiple times that the team would not be trading Marmol. But, that does not make it right. While Marmol could be viewed as having future impact on the Cubs, some believe that the Cubs closer has already reached his prime and has leveled out. If the Rangers were offering up some of their top prospects for Marmol, I can’t see why the Cubs would object to a deal. Especially when they could have Kerry Wood fill in as the closer, while they groom Chris Carpenter.

Check back throughout the day, as this post will be constantly updated with tweets, rumors, and deals that hopefully impact the Cubs.

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  • LouCub

    Jordan, please fill us in on the front office rumblings because this deadline appears to be a joke…anything that would discuss Hendry’s dismissal or replacement is welcomed by me and and 99.9% of all Cubs fans

  • LouCub

    I have never been so embarrased to be a Cubs fan and i was a pup in the pre Dallas Green mess of 1981 and this is more frustrating cause our system is much deeper and we have pieces to move, Jabba The Hendry just won’t for reasons unbeknownst to us all except that “we’re a couple pieces away”

  • JordanC

    @LouCub

    Since you asked nicely, Nightengale told the guys that if the Cubs make a change at general manager, it will be for Brian Cashman. The belief is Cashman will not be back in NY next season, and eyes the Cubs job where there is mutual interest.

    Nightengale also said Gillick has no interest in coming to the Cubs. And Cashman is not a guy to stand next to or above Hendry, he is the guy to replace Hendry.

  • Ashley Bolton

    Truly embrassed and dissappointed that the Cubs could have got young guys for the Vets and just refused to do it!! Not sure what is more embrassing the way the front office has handled the trade period or the Cubs 5th inning last night?

  • LouCub

    The front office Ashley for not doing anything after watching that crap last night..Hendry needs to leave now!!!

  • LouCub

    Jordan, please fill us in on the front office rumblings because this deadline appears to be a joke…anything that would discuss Hendry’s dismissal or replacement is welcomed by me and and 99.9% of all Cubs fans

  • LouCub

    I have never been so embarrased to be a Cubs fan and i was a pup in the pre Dallas Green mess of 1981 and this is more frustrating cause our system is much deeper and we have pieces to move, Jabba The Hendry just won’t for reasons unbeknownst to us all except that “we’re a couple pieces away”

  • JordanC

    @LouCub

    Since you asked nicely, Nightengale told the guys that if the Cubs make a change at general manager, it will be for Brian Cashman. The belief is Cashman will not be back in NY next season, and eyes the Cubs job where there is mutual interest.

    Nightengale also said Gillick has no interest in coming to the Cubs. And Cashman is not a guy to stand next to or above Hendry, he is the guy to replace Hendry.

  • Ashley Bolton

    Truly embrassed and dissappointed that the Cubs could have got young guys for the Vets and just refused to do it!! Not sure what is more embrassing the way the front office has handled the trade period or the Cubs 5th inning last night?

  • LouCub

    The front office Ashley for not doing anything after watching that crap last night..Hendry needs to leave now!!!

  • LouCub

    @JordanC Thanks Jordan, i’ve always wanted Cashman hope it pans out

  • Ashley Bolton

    @LouCub Amen to that!! Hendry and Quade have to go!! First time in a long time that I am for football to start just so I will have an excuse not to watch Cubs games! I love the Cubs but God it is painful to watch them play!

  • Luke Blaize

    If the Pirates weren’t offering much of anything for Pena, I don’t blame the Cubs for hanging onto him. For a team willing to go over slot, a supplemental draft pick is nothing to sneeze at, and the Cubs stand a good chance of getting one if Pena leaves via free agency.

    What I really don’t get is why the Cubs would not shop Baker if they are keeping Pena.

    I don’t understand not moving Byrd, either. I like the idea of Byrd helping out Jackson and Colvin, but I like the idea of Jackson having a place to play more. If Soriano were leaving, it would be different of course.

    Marmol to Texas… I’d like to see what Texas was offering before I make up my mind on that one. Just because Texas was offering doesn’t mean they were offering anything the Cubs had a use for, and I don’t think the Cubs need to be giving Marmol away, or anyone else for that matter.

    I’m still thinking Hendry might simply be the care taker at this point, that knows he won’t be the GM in a few months, and that he’s keeping in the system players his replacement might want.

  • LouCub

    How can this organization justify sitting on it’s hands??? Im so mad I wanna burn all my Cubs stuff except the Ron Santo and Ryne Sandberg memorabilia…Hendry is an assmunch…The torches and pitchforks need to be ready…. This makes no friggin sense… Wrigley needs to be empty till Hendry is fired..Please fellow Cubs fans, do not go anymore..Ricketts will hear us when we don’t show and buy the goods

  • LouCub

    @JordanC Jordan, what is truthfully your take on Hendry??? Don’t hold back the punches, he’s friggin incompetent and stubborn..I’ve never been so embarrassed being a Cub fan and i’ve been one since 1977..This guy better be gone soon

  • crackedcactus

    @Luke Blaize The problem with that logic is Hendry’s replacement should look at the level of play that this team has produced over this season and use the “clean sweep” approach.

    Especially considering the possibilities of getting rid of the entire outfield for the prospects sitting in the minors. Byrd may be a good player, but he’s not going to last another three years. Carlos Pena, same thing.

  • Luke Blaize

    @LouCub Don’t burn your Cubs stuff. Just sew a big capital “I” in front of the Cubs for a few months. Or “Daytona”. Those Cubs are already in the playoffs.

    The best news about the Cubs right now is that, arguably for the first time in decades, they have an owner is willing to take the time and spend the money to build from within. August 15 looks like it will be a very good day for the Cubs. If Ricketts stays with that commitment to build through the draft and international signings and to develop the type of system that we normally associate with the Yankees or Rays, then as gloomy as things look right now, the Cubs are on the right track.

  • LouCub

    @Luke Blaize Luke, i’m with you on the Cubs minor leagues and Ricketts commitment to the system..That being said, the organization is squandering numerous opportunites to completely restock and shed some payroll, not much but enough… Look Lars Anderson is a guy you’ve been wanting the Cubs to go after almost got sent to Oakland for a FRAGILE Rich Harden till it fell through, why not deal Baker to Boston for Anderson??? Seriously Hendry is to blame for this mess.. He signs guys to crap contracts and is overly loyal to too many guys and that will be his downfall.

  • Luke Blaize

    I’m right there with you on Anderson, but from another angle. Why on earth would the Red Sox not trade for Zambrano (who is durable and practically free) if they are willing to give up Anderson for Harden? I’d do Anderson for Zambrano straight up.

    And I do think it’s time for the Cubs to find a new GM. I don’t want to rush the process… the Cubs have to get this one right. I’d rather they get it right, say, in the next twenty minutes than in the next four months, and even that is better than another year, but at this point, what’s the rush? I’ll give the Ricketts some time to get a new GM and President in place. They’ve done enough in the amateur markets to earn that much trust for me.

  • LouCub

    @Luke Blaize Luke, I agree about giving some rope to Ricketts but by Hendry sitting put he’s slapping all of us Cubs fans in the face and i’m not happy about it.. I’m with you on Zambrano though both Boston and the yankees should be in on him..One guy on Bleacher Nation posted that per a sox intern Hendry and Kenny Williams have been in discussions this am…I would not be surprised top see Z go there either

  • Tbarker

    I am with LouCub, Hendry needs to be tarred and feathered and rode out of town on a rail. He has set this franchise back a decade. If the Rockies get Pomeranz as the other player in the Jimenez deal, I will truly scream. Dempster, Marmol, Baker, Pena, Soto could have all been moved for major and minor league ready pitching. They also could have strongly persuaded Ramirez to sign off as well.He thinks these guys will contribute to a winning 2012 season, thus saving his job. Unfortunately they have contributed to the second worst record now. I know the minor leagues are stacked with position players but without pitching it does not matter, they do not have a major league ace or a No 2 for that matter in the system. Luke believes otherwise but don’t drink the Koolaid, not one major league scout or scouting service believes the Cubs have any substance in their minor league pitching. Once again, it is ALL ABOUT THE PITCHING. See the Phillies, Giants, Braves etc. BTW, they are all deep in minor league pitching in addition to their strong staffs. It is a numbers game, just because you have Stephen Strasburg does not guarantee anything, So holding our hopes on McNutt and Simpson is quite careless and foolish.

  • mixandmatch

    You try to figure out this mess and you’re left with nothing but questions. What was the reason for no trades, with the exception of Fuku? If Hendry was allowed to make trades that would have freed up some situations on the current club for the next GM why didn’t he? Was he told – Absolutely No Trades? There must have been some guidelines where he could act. If he trades major leaguers for minor league prospects there would have been no long-term contracts involved. The new GM, if there is one, would have had some flexibility then. Its hard to believe JH didn’t have an avenue to go to get approval of some action.Or, has the potential new GM said, “don’t do a thing until I get there!” If that’s the case, then there won’t be anything done until after the season ends. And, if there’s no new GM, we’re stuck with the 2011 team, minus Fuku.

  • Tbarker

    @mixandmatch The mess is easy to figure out, we are dealing with Hendry’s ego. He has one year left on his contract and does not want to go down with all rookies. He’s the captain and by golly the Titanic can’t sink. not only has it hit the iceberg and foundering but even the musicians have left the deck.

    In his eyes, Baker kills lefties, Pena is a good power, defense guy and great in the clubhouse, Ramirez, has been the hottest hitter in baseball, Soto was a ROY, Marmol was dominant last year, Byrd is a solid OF, “if we just did not have that run of injuries and bad luck, we would be where the Pirates are” that kind of thinking makes him more clueless than Alicia Silverstone, major league baseball is laughing at us once again.