SAN FRANCISCO – The Cubs decided to “jump” the market and deal Scott Feldman and Matt Garza before more starting pitchers became available. They cut loose Carlos Marmol, moved Scott Hairston and found an exit strategy with Alfonso Soriano.
Nothing else will reach “Garza Watch” levels or trend on Twitter like Soriano. But there is still 100-something hours left until the non-waiver trade deadline.
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“I’m not exhaling yet,” manager Dale Sveum said before Friday’s 3-2 comeback win over the San Francisco Giants. “I don’t really see anything else happening. But until the 11th hour is here, I don’t think you can relax that way. You don’t dwell on it. For the most part – besides the Sori thing – everything else kind of comes pretty quick. You don’t really have time to prepare.”
Theo Epstein’s front office is definitely preparing for next moves with a 46-55 team.
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In front of a sellout crowd at AT&T Park, Edwin Jackson went 6.2 innings, giving up two runs and lowering his ERA to 4.89. It was 5.84 a month ago and the Cubs have now won four of his last five starts.
A team that could use some luck found it with two outs in the ninth, when Anthony Rizzo hit a ball down the first-base line that went through Brandon Belt’s legs. Junior Lake – whose speed helped beat out a double play and keep the inning alive – scored the go-ahead run.
Short-term asset Kevin Gregg hung on for his 20th save. But Epstein sounds willing to listen on just about anybody, which means outfielders Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus and lefty reliever James Russell could also be in play.
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“There are some other players who we only control for the rest of this season (and) it might make more sense for the organization to get a piece back that has longer control,” Epstein said. “There are players that we control for longer that other teams are interested in. We’ll just continue to have talks and see where it goes.
“But we feel like we’ve been productive in adding talented young players to the organization so far this month. And we wouldn’t mind adding more if those things make sense.”