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7/26 Cubs Q: “Why not us?”

Cubs GM Jim Hendry and his staff stayed in Chicago to monitor moves heading into Sunday’s Trade Deadline. The Cubs began play Tuesday 12 games back in the National League Central. That doesn’t deter manager Mike Quade.

“Why not?” he said as the team began a 10-game trip against the Brewers, Cardinals and Pirates. “What if we win 10 out of 12 — who knows?

“It’s an interesting division,” Quade said. “What are there, 60 games left? Let’s go play ’em and see. Daunting task, four clubs in front of you, not having played well, but why not?”

Does that mean Quade wants to the Cubs to be active and make some deals?

“That’s not my business,” he said. “Time will take care of all the prognostications,” Quade said. “I’m not a lunatic. There’s a lot of work to do ahead of us but we’re playing the right clubs and let’s see if we can’t put something together.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/24 Trade deadline countdown

With the trade deadline one week away, Cubs manager Mike Quade said he expects his players to ignore the rumors.

“Show up every day and focus on who we’re playing,” Quade said Sunday about what their approach should be. “Everybody deals with stuff differently, whether it’s speculation or reality.

“I do think that when I look at the veterans who are here, this is not their first rodeo,” he said. “This is not stuff they haven’t experienced before, whether it’s them personally or a teammate. I suppose [the rumors are] out there but I would expect them not to be distracted at all.”

Last year, the Cubs dealt pitcher Ted Lilly and infielder Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers at the trade deadline in exchange for Blake DeWitt and two Minor League pitchers.

— Carrie Muskat