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Cubs GM Jim Hendry told the Des Moines Register on Tuesday he’s open to making changes to help the team in the future but doesn’t see a need to overhaul the roster. He was in Des Moines to watch the Triple-A Iowa team play for three games.
“Why would we trade anybody who we think is going to help us next year or the years after?” he said Tuesday.
“I would say if we move anyone it would be somebody we clearly knew wouldn’t be back,” Hendry said. “We’re not going to move people that we think are going to help us.”
There’s no pressure to dump payroll via trade, he said. Hendry added he already has rejected several potential deals.
“Why would I trade Sean Marshall?” he said. “Why would I trade Darwin Barney? Those calls kind of stop quickly. It makes no sense.”
The GM hasn’t changed his approach this season compared to past seasons.
“I haven’t changed any since we won 97 games in 2008,” he said. “I’ve worked just as hard.”
– Carrie Muskat
The trade deadline is July 31 but it was a topic posed to some Cubs players after Monday’s 7-3 win over the Rockies. Will the Cubs be buyers or sellers? Aramis Ramirez said the front office will do what’s best for the team.
“We haven’t been healthy,” Ramirez said. “Right now we’re playing better but we’re missing Marlon Byrd and [Darwin] Barney [who are on the DL].”
Pitcher Matt Garza ignores the talk.
“I know what my job is and that’s to pitch and get outs,” he said. “None of that stuff concerns me. If my name gets called, it gets called. I’m just going to keep going out there and keep pitching.”
Carlos Pena has been red-hot lately. Maybe he’ll draw interest? He doesn’t think about such things.
“Not at all,” Pena said. “I’m a Cub. I don’t even look that far ahead. In my mind, I’m a Cub until the end.”
Does he feel the Cubs can still make a run in the NL Central?
“We still have faith in this ballclub,” Pena said. “Everyone here believes we can do it. We undrstand we need to play today’s game today. I think we’re playing great baseball in the last few weeks. Now we have to make the sure the tight ballgames go our way.”
– Carrie Muskat