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Cubs hang neon for-sale sign on roster
MILWAUKEE – July has come early for the Cubs with the front office alerting the rest of baseball to the neon “for sale” sign on its roster, and holding showcase events for its top two trade pieces Wednesday and Thursday in Milwaukee for a growing number of scouts following the team.
“I’ve probably talked to every GM, or [team president] Theo [Epstein]’s talked to every GM in the last four or five days,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said before the Cubs opened a three-game series in Milwaukee on Tuesday. “In some ways it’s an invigorating time of the year because there’s lots of action going on, a lot of things to discuss.”
That includes trading-block right-handers Scott Feldman and Matt Garza, who start the next two games against the rival Brewers and could be among the first to be moved by the Cubs in a trading season that could be more active than last July – when Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Geovany Soto, Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker were traded.
Much like last year – before an elbow injury sidelined him a week before the deadline – Garza could be one of the most sought-after pitchers during the trade season this year, especially if he continues pitching like he has in his last two starts (15 innings, one run).
Asked if the Cubs have a clear idea where they stand with Garza heading into July, Hoyer said, “Yeah. He’s a big part of this team right now. He’s throwing the ball really well. … Obviously, we have a clear idea of where we stand on that, but we’re not going to discuss whether or not we’ve talked about extension or about trades.”
Beyond Feldman and Garza, relievers Kevin Gregg and James Russell also are drawing attention from other teams.
Several position players could be among those moved as well.
“I don’t worry about that stuff,” said Gregg, who’s 11-for-11 in save chances and has a 1.11 ERA since being signed in April as a minor-league free in April. “We’ve got [three weeks] until the All-Star break. It doesn’t seem like much action happens until after that. If that comes, we’ll see where it goes. I’m playing here, playing with a Cub uniform and that’s where I want to be and what I want to do.”