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Reed Johnson has heard his name mentioned in rumors so many times, he simply ignores them.
“I’ve had rumors over my 10-year career and never been traded,” the Cubs outfielder said Saturday. “It’s a situation for me for when you’re packing your stuff, that’s when you believe you’re headed somewhere else. If I stay here, great; if not, I realize that’s part of the game, and I have to move on.”
Johnson drove in the game-winning run with a pinch-hit bunt single with two outs in the seventh Saturday to give the Cubs a 3-2 win over the Cardinals.
“That was on his own,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “He’s a good bunter, and I remember once in Boston, he did it against us with the bases loaded and it turned into a monster inning.”
Tuesday’s Trade Deadline can’t come soon enough for the players, who are weary of the rumors. It’s not really distracting, Johnson said.
“Once you’re in between the lines, you don’t think about it too much,” he said. “Maybe before the game when you’re in the clubhouse with the guys, everybody’s kind of chipping on each other about getting traded, and you think about it then, but once the game starts, you forget about that stuff. It’s a good release to get out there this time of year.”
He’s had family and friends keep him up to date.
“I feel like my mom could be my agent because she always has an idea of where I’m going to go but I never end up anywhere,” Johnson said. “I might have to fire her.”
Could Johnson, who was batting .448 as a pinch-hitter this year, help a team?
“He’s a valuable guy to a team vying for a championship or trying to get to the playoffs,” Sveum said.
— Carrie Muskat
There were no changes in the Cubs’ roster on Saturday, just attempts to ask Dale Sveum the same question: Are you eager for the Trade Deadline to pass?
“I think everybody is ready to get it behind us with everything that’s happened and all the rumors,” Sveum said. “Whether they happen or not, I think everybody will be glad it’s all over with. It’s not over with a lot of times because of the waiver wires. I think the main things will be shutdown one way or another [after Tuesday].”
The Trade Deadline is 3 p.m. CT on Tuesday. Ryan Dempster is scheduled to start that night against the Pirates.
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Friday he hasn’t been asked to recruit Prince Fielder and denied that the team was involved in the free agent slugger.
“At this point, I think it’s a lot of media talking more than us doing anything,” Sveum said Friday. “We haven’t had any talks with Prince and I haven’t had any conversations with him. It’s more the media and other people bringing this to the table than what we’re doing. We haven’t initiated any kind of contact at all. That’s the media bringing it out right now.”
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Friday the Cubs and Mariners were believed to be involved in talks with Fielder’s agent, Scott Boras. However, Rosenthal noted the Cubs were unlikely to give Fielder a 10-year contract, which is what the first baseman is reportedly seeking.
– Carrie Muskat