So you've probably read that the Cubs will almost certainly make a couple of deals by now, but the deadline is now fast approaching. As of this writing, there is less than 29 hours until the buzzer sounds...
9:44PM: Tim Brown of Yahoo and the Kapman both tweet and that Soto has been traded to the Rangers
9:24 PM: Geovany Soto is now giving hugs to all this teammates. Another Cubs player traded?
8:58 PM: Okay everyone, normally I don't think these kinds of things mean anything, but Reed Johnson was just pulled out last second out of an AB and immediately began shaking hands with teammates. Stay tuned for a trade announcement. The guess here is that it's more than just him. As for some speculation, the Braves really need a RH hitting OF'er....
8:23 PM: Jon Morosi tweets that the Cubs and Dodgers are still talking scenarios which would send both Ryan Dempster and Alfonso Soriano to the Dodgers. Ken Rosenthal broached the possibility this morning and the fact that those talks are still ongoing has to indicate at least some interest on the Dodgers part.
7:20 PM: Tom Loxas says that a source told him there's no chance that the San Francisco Giants are interested in Alfonso Soriano as was reported on twitter.
2:47 PM: Jim Bowden tweets that although the Cubs are trying to accommodate Dempster, they will not do so if they don't receive talent in return. While George Ofman tweets that Garrett Gould may be part of the deal, suggesting that perhaps Zach Lee, Allen Webster, and Chris Reed may not be part of the deal.
1:23 PM: Jayson Stark writes that the Nationals have positioned themselves as a fallback for Ryan Dempster if the deal doesn't go through with the Dodgers (or Braves, for that matter).
1:05 PM: Jim Bowden once again chimes in, this time saying that if the Cubs go to the Braves with the same offer and a signed document that the Ryan Dempster for Randall Delgado deal can still get done. It's hard to say whether this is Bowden's own speculation or if he knows something here ,but it's definitely something the Cubs should looking into with both Dempster and the Braves -- especially if the Dodgers don't budge on their original offer.
12:58 PM: Jim Bowden tweets that the Dodgers could instead get in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes by offering Zach Lee and Allen Webster. Jon Heyman, meanwhile, says Dodgers are not in on Cliff Lee. You gotta love rumor season ;)
12:12 PM: Ken Rosenthal tweets that Alfonso Soriano is still involved in the Ryan Dempster to Dodgers trade talks. The Dodgers are still looking for a bat as well as a pitcher and there have been few hitters as productive as Soriano has been since mid-May. Obviously the Cubs would have to eat a chunk of Soriano's contract, but it could be a way for the Cubs and Dodgers to compromise. The Cubs aren't going to budge on the kind of talent they want back and the Dodgers have been reluctant to add much to their original offer. Instead of either team backing down, maybe you add in a player that the Dodgers can retain for a couple more years. It goes to show how far Soriano has come this year that teams are a) willing to deal with them and b) put him in the field. It was assumed that he could only go to an AL team but the fact that the Dodgers are pursuing him shows how much Soriano has allayed fears about being a liability in LF.
10:20 AM: Things are eerily quiet, but nothing new to report yet. Just felt like I need to open this thread! Pass along any rumors you hear in the comments section. Josh Beckett is the latest pitcher on the market for teams that want to pick up a flyer on a pitcher having a bad year, has a bad contract, and by some accounts, has a bad attitude. And that's not even mentioning his health issues of late. There was also a rumor that Hunter Pence was about to be dealt to the Giants but that turned out to be false for now.