According to a source, the Cubs are holding firm on the price they've set for pitchers like Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza, as well as all the available players on their roster. The asking price is out there and that's where the Cubs stand right now. It's a matter of interested teams willing to pay what the Cubs believe is fair value for their players.
As for Matt Garza, he didn't rule out that the Cubs won't trade him. The Cubs have received offers for him but are waiting for teams to sweeten the pot. Interested teams are in the process of evaluating what it costs to land Garza as compared to other available pitchers.
The source also said that he expects that this was Paul Maholm's last start. This is contrary to my own feeling on this, but this is more based on hearing in the past how teams seem to value Maholm more as a back of the rotation type guy. However, considering LHP pitchers such as Wandy Rodriguez and Francisco Liriano have been dealt recently, it's possible that there are teams out there willing to take on a steady, if unspectacular arm like Maholm. Especially when his contract represents good value in that its at a reasonable salary with a club option, potentially giving the acquiring team an extra year of control. You can only hope the price is closer to what was paid for Rodriguez than for Liriano. If it's the latter, I highly doubt that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will pull the trigger.
Doug Padilla reports that teams are beginning to call on Alfonso Soriano, but the source I spoke to wouldn't speculate on the chances of that happening and that it may not happen before the season ends. He did believe there was a chance that a team could bite on Carlos Marmol during the August waiver trade period.
One last thing, this source is not worried that the Cubs will stand pat and assured me that I'll have some new prospects to cover in the next couple of days.
That last part was music to my ears. You can bet we'll have the goods on any and all new Cubs prospects shortly after they are acquired.
UPDATE: Tom has a source that says to expect a couple of deals and the insinuation was that they would not be minor ones. That corroborates the idea that the Cubs will get multiple prospects.
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