Jeff Samardzija has been recalled from Triple A Iowa and Jose Ascaino has been sent back down to Triple A Iowa. I think Kevin Hart should of been the one to be sent down.
According to Peter Gammons, the Cubs will make 1 or 2 trades before the trade deadline. All the people he talked to said that they will do something to help their ailing offense.
Ken Rosenthal mentioned today the Cubs don't have to make a trade and the offense just needs to start hitting.
The Royals are having a firesale and are going to trade their non core players. I still say the Cubs should trade Mike Fontenot and Mitch Atkins for Mark Teahen.
The Toronto Blue Jays want to cut payroll and are willing to trade outfielders Vermon Wells and Alex Rios. I would love the Cubs to have both but will they be allow to add payroll.
Stats in 2009: Vermon Wells, Alex Rios and the Cubs CF Kosuke Fukudome:
Vermon Wells will be 31 in December and is making 11.5 in 2009 (12.5 in 10, 23 in 11 and 21 12-14). Wells in batting .248 with 7 HR, 36 rbi's, 26 walks and struck out 38 times.
Alex Rios is 28 years old and is making 5.9 million on 2009 (10 9.7M, 11 $12M, 12 $12M, 13:$12.5M, 14:$12.5M, 15:$13.5M club option ($1M buyout). Rios is batting .263 with 9 HR, 37 rbi's, 23 walks and struck out 54 times.
Kosuke Fukudome is 32 years old and is making 11.5 million (13 in 10 and 13,5 in 11).
Kosuke is batting .260 with 5 HR, 23 rbi's, 42 walks and struck out 50 times.
I don't care if you do get them but their numbers don't look like they will help the Cubs offense woes.
NL Central News:
Today the Pirates trade Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett to the Nationals for Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan. Also they traded Eric Hinske for Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer.
The Reds are looking for a bat and are scouting White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye and Athletics outfielder Matt Holliday.
With the acquisition of Mark Derosa, that probably calls off their pursuit of outfielder Matt Holliday due to the payroll.
I will keep you posted.