The trade deadline came and went, and Chicago Cubs fans are still looking at the same team that was here yesterday, including Nate Schierholtz, David DeJesus, Kevin Gregg, and Dioner Navarro, all of whom had their names tossed around today, but will remain with the Cubs.
Jed Hoyer spoke today and said that the Cubs were happy with what they accomplished this month, and had a much “calmer” trade deadline than they might have otherwise had. Hoyer also revealed that the team was never really close to making a deal today, as other teams weren’t as willing to give reasonable value in exchange for Cubs players, particularly the Cubs’ outfielders. Hoyer also put some Cubs fans’ minds at ease over Jeff Samardzija, whose name had been bandied about in trade rumors the last few days. The Cubs want to sign Samardzija to a long-term deal, and Samardzija wants to stay in Chicago, so Hoyer feels a long-term deal shouldn’t be too difficult to accomplish.
Though the Cubs made no moves today, July has seen them send Scott Feldman, Steve Clevenger, Scott Hairston, Soriano, Carlos Marmol, Ian Stewart, and Matt Garza elsewhere. And even though it would have been fun to have all those deals/moves come down in 15 minutes on July 31, it’s hard to deny that the Cubs got a lot done this month.
Getting things done on the field is another matter, as the Cubs have dropped three in a row to the hated Brewers. With Edwin Jackson (6-11, 4.89) on the mound, their chances tonight are somewhat . . uh . . muddy. And yet we must push on. Taking the mound for the Brewers is Wily Peralta (7-10, 4.54) who obviously lost a letter from his first name somewhere along the way. I’d check Ryan Bruan’s locker. Can’t trust that little troll any further than you can throw him.
I really need this team to win tonight, because I shudder at the prospect of getting swept by the Brewers. They probably celebrate by tarring your with choose and sticking sausages all over you.
First pitch is at 7:05 pm CT on WGN.