The trade deadline is quickly approaching as we are now just 10days away. With the Cubs 21 games under .500, they are definitely not buyers this year. Cubs general manager will more than likely looking to add some young prospects to build towards the future.
The first player heard in trade rumors is Cubs right fielder, Kosuke Fukudome. According to sources the Indians are interested in Fukudome. The Indians are looking to add a right fielder after Shin Soo-Choo went down with an injury. The Cubs signed Fukudome in 2008 to a four year, 48million dollar contract. It is high unlikely that the Cubs would re-sign Fukudome if they can’t trade him this season.
The next player discussed in rumors is Cubs left fielder, Alfonso Soriano. The hard part for the Cubs is that Soraino is still owed a lot of money over the next three years. However, the Cubs may be willing to eat some of that money if they can get rid of him. Soriano could possibly fit in as a DH on a few American League teams.
The final player that has drawn a lot of attention is third basemen, Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez has been one of if not the hottest player the past month. He is now batting .302 on the year with 17homeruns. Multiple team would probably be interested in Ramirez if he is willing to waive his no trade clause. Over the past few months, Ramirez keeps telling reporters that he will no waive his no trade clause and he wants to stay with the Cubs.
Also Cubs center-fielder Marlon Byrd and bullpen pitcher Grawbow has received interest from teams.
It will be a long ten days for the Cubs and Cubs fans to see what GM, Jim Hendry will do.
After an embarrassing 9-1 loss to the Phillies, Quade yet again blames the two young guys on the team. Instead of blaming veterans like Pena, Soriano or Dempster today, Quade rips on the future of the Cubs, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney.
In the top of the first inning, Castro and Barney lost a pop up to second base in the sun. received, Castro made the correct move of calling of second basemen Barney. Castro lost the ball in the sun and it fell on the infield dirt and it was ruled a hit. The phillies went on the score 2 in the inning after yet again another walk issued.
Later in the 4th inning, VETERAN first basemen Carlos Pena mis-played a Jimmy Rollins grounder and then made a bad throwing error on the play. The Phillies continue to add on runs and just flat out beat the Cubs in every category today.
Cubs VETERAN starter, Ryan Dempster did not have his stuff today and gave up most of his runs with 2 outs.
In the 7th inning, Cubs had the bases-loaded with nobody out. Cubs catcher Soto grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring a run. Then with runners on the corners, VETERAN left fielder, Soriano(who makes 17million dollars a year) grounded into an inning ending double play.
In his post game press conference, Quade only focused on the mistake of Castro and Barney in the first inning. The two young guys and the most consistent hitters all year for the Cubs received the blame. Quade failed to lay blame on veteran guys like Pena, Dempster and Soriano who all could’ve played better. And maybe Quade could look at himself. He continues to put Fukudome in the leadoff spot. Fukudome is now batting .269 on the season and just has not been producing. Instead of moving Barney or Castro in the leadoff spot, Quade has just left Fukudome there and keeps giving teams an easy out to start the game.
Its mind boggling how Quade can just sit there and lay the blame on youngsters Castro and Barney. Look at yourself and the veteran leadership on the ballclub, Quade.