The Cubs are looking to deal, but trading for Cole Hamels by the July 31 deadline still sounds like a long shot.
With the nonwavier trade deadline on Friday, expect plenty of movement from the teams fighting to be at or near the top of the American and National Leagues.
In the midst of a blowout loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon, Cubs manager Joe Maddon wanted to do something to lighten the mood in the clubhouse.
This was supposed to be the easy part of the Cubs' schedule.
For the Cubs, their biggest addition before MLB's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline may already have happened.