Thursday, July 29, 2010

Off Day Notes Two Days Before the Deadline

Saturday is the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline, and the futures of many of the Cubs are still in the air. Let's get all the latest updates as the Cubs take a day off before starting a series with the Rockies tomorrow night.
  • Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee rejected a trade to the Angels yesterday. He used his 10 and 5 rights (10 years in MLB, 5 with the same team) to block the trade. Lee says this is a family decision and he plans to stay with the Cubs the rest of the season.
  • Geovany Soto is expected to return to the lineup tomorrow night after missing Wednesday's game with a foot injury.
  • Cubs No. 1 draft pick in 2007 Josh Vitters is out with a broken hand. He has been having a rough year at the plate with the Tennessee Smokies. Vitters could play in the Arizona Fall League in October.
  • The Twins are unlikely to acquire Ted Lilly according a tweet from Jon Paul Morosi of FOX.
  • The Mets are still in Lilly, but Ken Davidoff doesn't see it happening.
  • The New York Post reports that you can "forget about the Mets dealing for Lilly".
  • The Dodgers are one team that appear to still be in the mix for Teddy.
  • Peoria Chiefs manager Casey Kopitzke will be at the helm for the Mesa Solar Sox of the AFL.
  • Check out all of the minor league news in my Down on the Farm Report over on the CCO.
  • Jon Heyman tweets that the Mets asked for Tom Gorzelanny, but the Cubs don't want to trade him.
  • Ted Lilly says that it is evident that he would prefer to stay in Chicago for the future.
  • Carlos Zambrano will rejoin the Cubs in Colorado tomorrow night. Brian Schlitter is expected to be sent down to make room on the roster, but Bobby Howry could be let go.

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted as we approach the deadline.

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