Trade Deadline Week: Monday Edition

Posted by Lionel on July 27, 2009.

Nothing much to report on the trade rumor front so far...
  • John Grabow remains the name most mentioned in terms of guys the Cubs are pursuing, and vice-versa (Grabow's name is most-often linked to Chicago). But, there are reports that the Pirates are also interested in retaining him and trying to sign him to an extension, because he's a good clubhouse guy. I have to believe that this is just posturing by the Pirates...they are having a firesale, but want to keep a reliever when relievers may be the hottest commodity south of the International Boundary (the border between the U.S. and Canada)?

  • The Twins have reportedly been keeping an eye on Pirates catcher Robinzon Diaz, currently stored away at Indianapolis. You have to wonder if JH would consider making a move to bring in Grabow and either Diaz or backup Jason Jaramillo to help out the catching situation. I know the Cubs expect Geo Soto to be back sooner rather than later, but it still baffles me that the current backup plan the Cubs continue to have is Jake Fox, who has caught a total of 3 games this year.

  • The other interesting take I heard the other day is that July 31 this year might be the softest trading deadline in history. With the economy the way it is, the thought is that fewer teams will be putting in waiver requests just to block guys out of fear that they will get dumped with their salaries. Usually, the overpaid underproducers are the only ones who leak through, but more guys are expected to clear waivers this August.

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