According to a report from Bruce Levine, the current Cubs road-stand will go a long way in determining what way the Cubs go at the trade deadline. With that in mind General Managers from contending teams are starting to look over the Cubs roster in anticipation that the Cubs will become sellers in the next couple of weeks.
Levine goes on to mention that one of the teams that have been scouting the Cubs are the Philadelphia Phillies, who have scouts following the Cubs for their next three series. Levine reported earlier this week through his chat that the Phillies have been interested in Tom Gorzelanny, and as of now it has been hard for the two sides to work out a deal, that would give the Cubs the bullpen arm that would fit their needs.
Tom Gorzelanny, a player that I think may generate a lot of interest by contending teams as he has been off to a great start for the Cubs as a starter as he was 2-5 with a 3.66 ERA, but he was moved to the bullpen in favor of Carlos Zambrano. Including the Phillies, I also would speculate that the Marlins, Mets, and Dodgers are just some teams that maybe interested in acquiring Gorzelanny.
Also in the report, Levine suggests that teams could possibly be calling on Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez despite their early season struggles. While both have full no trade clauses, Levine mentions that they could consider waiving their clauses if it meant playing for a contending team. We already have Lee being possibly linked to the Los Angeles Angels, as far as Ramirez we have yet to hear about any rumors involving him. And, rightfully so, considering not many teams would be willing to take on his salary considering he is hitting .162 with only 4 home runs.
To be honest, I fully expect to become sellers for this year’s trading deadline. For a couple reasons, one being that the window has closed on this team and I no longer think they are capable of winning the world series, and the Cubs would benefit from selling away some of their veterans if it meant getting younger and possibly some pieces to work with in the future. So, within the next three weeks we will be able to determine whether or not the Cubs are buyers or sellers for this year’s trading deadline.