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Cubs Trade Rumors Fly: Cubs vs. Phillies Preview, Friday 7/16, 1:20 CT

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A number of tweets were sent out last night containing various Cubs trade rumors. From Bruce Levine:

#Cubs According to Bruce Levine, the #Tigers and #Rockies are interested in trading for Ryan Theriot

That one, I'd do in a heartbeat. Levine again:

#Cubs According to Bruce Levine, the #Tigers, #Twins, #Mets and #Dodgers are among the teams interested in Ted Lilly

The Cubs have some leverage here; Ted will, obviously, make his start today, but it seems likely he'll be pitching for one of those teams -- or maybe someone else not mentioned -- soon. Meanwhile, George Ofman of WGN radio says:

#Cubs According to George Ofman (WGN Radio), Mike Fontenot is drawing interest from the #Yankees

I can't see the Cubs trading both Fontenot and Theriot, but you never know. Ofman again:

#Cubs According to George Ofman (WGN Radio), the #Padres and #Rangers are interested in trading for Xavier Nady

Nady's a nice guy and all, I'm sure, but I'll be happy to drive him to the airport. One last rumor from Ofman:

#Cubs According to George Ofman (WGN Radio), Jim Hendry is working on package deals with teams in order to try to trade Kosuke Fukudome

Without getting into the whole "was the Fukudome contract worth it" issue again, Hendry's been good at working out multi-team deals in the past (I'm guessing that's what "package deals" means). If he can shed Fukudome's deal, that'd be quite a bit of salary space freed up for 2011.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Ted Lilly
Ted Lilly
Cubs
vs. Joe Blanton
Joe Blanton
Phillies
3-8 W-L 3-5
4.08 ERA 6.41
65 SO 51
24 BB 18
16 HR 18
vs. Phi -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ted Lilly 3-8 15 15 0 0 0 0 97.0 88 49 44 16 24 65 4.08 1.15


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Joe Blanton 3-5 13 13 0 0 0 0 80.0 103 60 57 15 18 51 6.41 1.51

Joe Blanton has had a rough year, but he had a good outing against the Cubs on May 20 in Philadelphia, giving up three runs in seven innings. The Cubs had a chance to win that game until Lou left Ryan Dempster in too long, and ... stop me if you've heard this one before. Blanton throws strikes and has given up a lot of home runs, so if the Cubs keep their hitting shoes on from last night... good things could happen.

Ted Lilly also gives up a fair number of home runs. However, he has handled the current Phillies pretty well (23-for-91, .253). Today will be his first start against the Phillies this season.

Today's game is on the CSN's -- both Chicago and Philadelphia. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

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Today's first pitch thread will be up at 1:15 pm CDT, and the overflows will post at 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm and 4 pm CDT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.