UPDATE 3:05 PM: Am told the Cubs worked hard down the stretch but no deal was made. Teams simply not offering value, overvaluing prospects and Cubs just weren't motivated to accept anything less than surplus value.
The Cubs did make 5 deals before the non-waiver deadline and, in my opinion, did better on the return for both Scott Feldman and Matt Garza than any other team did for their pitchers.
The Cubs can still make waiver deadline deals but those players must first pass through waivers and there is little chance that guys like Schierholtz, Russell, DeJesus, or even Navarro will pass through unclaimed. Gregg is an outside shot but interest seemed to wane of late, so I wouldn't expect much of a return.
UPDATE 2:54 PM: Ken Rosenthal tweets that momentum has slowed on a Navarro deal to the Cards. Cubs have high asking price per Rosenthal.
UPDATE 2:34 PM: A couple of non-Cubs deal get done. Bud Norris gets traded to the Orioles for L.J. Hoes who is actually a pretty good hitter with plate discipline. The problem is he's a tweener --probably a corner OF'er with virtually no HR power. If he taps into his, the could be a starter (or if Astros think he can stay in CF), but otherwise he's an extra OFer. They also received LHP Josh Hader and a competitive balance pick. Decent, but I thought they'd get more.
The Royals traded undersized but hard-throwing RHP Kyle Smith to the Astros for Justin Maxwell. Smith might be a longshot to be a starter, but I have to say that's a nice return for a guy who is essentially a 4th or 5th OFer.
UPDATE 2:25 PM: A funny take on the deadline from Kim DeJesus who is, of course, the wife of David DeJesus. She tweets "42 minutes" and this video...
Neither she nor David want to leave... and we're not so anxious to see that either.
UPDATE 2:13 PM: Dioner Navarro deal sounding like a real possibility and is getting closer. Nick Cafardo says Schierholtz staying with Cubs but I was just told that possibility is not completely ruled out yet.
UPDATE 1:50 PM: Scratch Jeff Samardzija off your trade list. Cubs are no longer entertaining any offers. All talks are officially dead.
UPDATE 1:15: The Diamondbacks have traded Ian Kennedy to the Padres for LH RP Joe Thatcher, RHP prospect Matt Stites, and a comp draft pick. Looks like he sold low after all. Wow. Trading young, talented SPs for RPs down the stretch? I just got harrowing flashbacks to the Ed Lynch days.
UPDATE 12:37 PM: Bruce Levine now says that James Russell is getting a lot more action than Kevin Gregg, which should surprise nobody. The Cubs, of course, would prefer to deal Gregg but now may wait until August.
UPDATE 12:32 PM: Hardball Talk suggests that the Reds have had some interest in James Russell.
UPDATE 12:31 PM: According to multiple media reports, Ian Kennedy may be going to the Padres for a package of relievers. I would presume that would include Luke Gregerson. The Padres are also looking to deal Huston Street, though he's not as highly sought after. Jeff Passan of Yahoo suggests that Joe Thatcher is part of the deal.
UPDATE 11:51 AM: A lot of chatter and the picture for the Cubs is beginning to clear. Hearing there are as many as 4 players still in play. All could conceivably be dealt in the right situation.
UPDATE 10:55 AM: Have been told that the Pirates "are really in" on Nate Schierholtz.
UPDATE 10:52 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals are indeed looking for a catcher after all with the injury to Yadier Molina. Dioner Navarro makes a lot of sense, though I haven't heard anything regarding the Cubs backup catcher to this point.
UPDATE 10:43 AM: For those that missed me on The Score 670 last night, a reminder that I’ll be on Chicagoland Radio tonight with Jason Thomas in a 24-hour radio show to raise money for the Jarrett Payton Foundation. Tune in at 12:20 if you are an insomniac like I am. Hopefully I don't crash into a muttering heap by then.
UPDATE: 10:23 AM: Hearing that the Rays are showing interest in David DeJesus. This makes a lot of sense as they are looking for a bat and DeJesus fits their profile with good on-base skills. He's also cheap, controlled for next year, and won't cost as much as Schierholtz.
Also want to not for those who thought maybe Barney would be going to the Tigers. I think the acquisition of Iglesias puts an end to that thought. They are basically the same player in that they are defensively oriented with a limited bat. Iglesias is a SS and could bump Peralta to 2B or he could conceivably play 2B if needed as well.
We start with an interesting bit we just heard in that Arizona wasn't really selling all that low on Ian Kennedy. In fact, they used him as the center of a package in a misguided attempt to get Jeff Samardzija.
The clearly misinterpreted the Cubs signal here in that they must have believed the Cubs were in some sort of panic mode about signing Samardzija -- even though they have him for 2+ more years and there is still a good relationship between the two parties.
The Cubs only said they would listen on Samardzija and the truth was they'd have to be blown away with at least two top prospects to consider a deal and one of those prospects had to be Archie Bradley.
There is also lots of interest today in Nate Schierholtz, which you already knew, but interest has also perked up in David DeJesus. In fact, it's quite possible that the Cubs deal both outfielders with Junior Lake, Ryan Sweeney, and Bryan Bogusevic all expected to be on the roster for next season at this time. The Cubs may need to make a decision on Brett Jackson this year as well.
Could be an interesting day, so follow us as always as we try to deliver you original stuff early and often...
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