Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs breaks his bat and hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros on July 24, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Astros 5-4 in ten innings. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
In Sunday's game recap, I posted that I had heard some rumors that the Cubs might make several moves before next Sunday's non-waiver trading deadline.
Naturally, this resulted in a flurry of speculation. I was told things in confidence and no matter how much you ask, I'm not going to tell you any specifics. And remember, if no deals happen by Sunday, that doesn't mean what I was told wasn't true at the time I heard it.
But since it's an off day today, I thought we could spend the day speculating further here. What I'd like you do to in the comments to this post is propose realistic deals the Cubs could make with anyone you think might be traded before the deadline.
When I say realistic, I mean it. Don't send John Grabow to the Yankees for Jesus Montero. That just won't happen. In this exercise, you can have the Cubs eat contract money -- or see if you can get another team to take some of the money.
Oh, and the photo at the top of this post? It might be related to the rumors I heard yesterday. Or maybe it's not. Maybe I just put it there to throw you off. (And the broken bat in the photo doesn't mean anything either. Or maybe it does.) Anyway, have at it and enjoy the off day.