I had a busy weekend followed by a busy Monday; so busy, I couldn't watch or listen to a moment of Cubs baseball nor consume any local sports media from the end of Friday's loss to the White Sox to the first pitch of the Cubs/Giants game Monday. I wonder how the Cubs fared this past weekend. I'll bet it was an interesting series.

Tuesday at espn.com (subscription required), Peter Gammons listed seven pitchers whom he considers potential Cubs trade targets. (Thanks to mlbtraderumors.com, which flagged the Gammons piece and summarized it for the benefit of non-ESPN.com subscribers like me.) The pitchers—and the Cubs' relationship to each of them, according to Gammons—are:

  • C.C. Sabathia, Indians (unlikely Cubs will have enough talent to trade for him)
  • Rich Harden (no specific news of Cubs interest; just a good pitcher who might be available)
  • Randy Wolf, Padres (Cubs tried to get him when he was last a free agent)
  • A.J. Burnett (Cubs are watching him)
  • Aaron Cook (Cubs love him, Rockies said last month he's not going anywhere)
  • Bronson Arroyo, Reds (he's on the Cubs' radar)
  • Kevin Millwood, Rangers (ditto)
Pitching wasn't the Cubs' problem Tuesday night in San Francisco. Jason Marquis pitched well enough after a rocky first inning, but the offense never got untracked. Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano can't return soon enough.


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