ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -- The trade deadline has come and passed which means one thing: I am scouring the Cubs roster to see how many players from this weekend’s series against the Cardinals are still on the team. I assumed no one was left on the team once I heard they had no hits going into the eighth inning on Tuesday.
Okay, it isn’t a ridiculous amount of players that have been shipped out for younger, more unpredictable talent but the Cubs approached the deadline as major sellers in an “everything must go” kind of way.
The team wanted to make moves to get Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza out of town while trading away the underachieving Geovany Soto, the surprising Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson and shopping Alfonso Soriano’s talents to Anywhere, USA.
Well, Dempster was traded to the Braves with one erroneous tweet only to be traded to the Rangers -- in real life. The saga of Dempster and his no-trade clause made for quite the headache up until 3 p.m. CT on Tuesday for the team’s front office and its fans. In the typical Cubs’ bad luck, an injury likely kept Garza from being traded for more prospects.
Soto was traded to the Rangers -- nothing major. The Puerto Rican catcher is batting .199 this year. It should be noted that Cardinals injured starter Jaime Garcia is batting .292. Just sayin’!
I never thought I would write this: why would you trade Maholm? This is the same guy who had a 5.10 earned run average two seasons ago, but he has been silently successful in the last two seasons with a 3.66 ERA last season and a current ERA of 3.74. Give him a contract extension (another thing I thought I would never write about Maholm)! He is 30 years old, though, which is often viewed as being too old to retain for any use. Johnson joins Maholm with the Braves.
Although Soriano is still with the club now, he can still be placed on waivers where it is doubtful he will be claimed considering his contract is ridiculous. The Tigers, a team that has shown interest, could scoop him up in the end. Soriano is having a career year -- in the field. The outfielder has zero errors compared to the 25 errors he had in the previous three seasons combined. His defense is a good selling point and of course teams are more interested in that lighter bat of his which has produced 19 home runs since May 15.
The number of players traded by the Cubs really isn’t that many considering they are in rebuilding phase -- and have been since 1908. But the way the Cubs go about things is always entertaining. Example, the team traded for a player who just had Tommy John surgery. It is safe to assume it will be 104...and still counting.