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Theo: “50-50″ Cubs could deal by All-Star break
SEATTLE – Enjoy it while you can.
Like the rare three-day burst of sunshine in Seattle over the weekend, the Cubs’ recent surge in the win column could be short-lived now that the calendar turns to July and teams serious about making trades turn to the Cubs’ long list of items for sale.
Contrary to recent media reports, the Cubs aren’t close to any deals for their top trade-able asset, Matt Garza. But the Cubs have enough key pieces of their roster on the block that it’s conceivable they could start making trades by the All-Star break two weeks from now.
Team president Theo Epstein called that a “50-50” possibility.
“Judging by the amount of calls that are going on and the number of pieces that we’d potentially have available,” Epstein said, “and the opportunities that might present themselves for us to get better, yeah, I’d say 50-50.”
He won’t say who those players might be or what teams are calling.
But sources say at least two National League West teams and the Baltimore Orioles have strong interest in right-hander Scott Feldman (7-6 3.46) – who figures to have another strong following of scouts on hand in Oakland Tuesday when he starts the opener of a three-game series.
Garza, who on Wednesday starts the back half of another two-day Cubs showcase pitching event for scouts, could go down to close to the July 31 trading deadline as the Cubs try to leverage one of the few starters on the market with frontline ability and a postseason track record.
Closer Kevin Gregg, who finally blew a save Saturday for the first time in 13 tries, looks like the third-hottest Cubs target for contenders – perceived as no worse than a viable setup man in a pennant race.