The Cubs most certainly need a little more pitching: depth if nothing else. There's been lots of talk about this player or that: C.C. Sabathia and so forth. I don't know if the Cubs have the players to trade without destroying what little depth they have. I doubt if they're willing to even consider trading the likes of Soriano; that would open it's own can of worms.
This guy has been out of baseball for over a year and is poised to make his comeback:
He is apparently now
a free agent. No need to lose players in acquiring him. Just money, maybe a lot of money. Many teams are scouting him including the Indians who think he might be able to help:
" ... The Tribe liked the way Garcia threw and felt he was close to being major-league ready ... "
They backed off:
This guy might also be available, but do the Cubs really want him?:
" ...The industry word is that the Mariners are very willing to trade Erik Bedard
, but will they be able? This could be Pelekoudas's foremost challenge: reversing the Bedard deal in a fashion that doesn't pale in comparison to the original trade with Baltimore.
That won't be easy, particularly since word of Bedard's standoffish attitude has spread around baseball
. Then there's the matter of Bedard being a strict 100-pitch pitcher
[so what?] , and his health issues
But Bedard is a talent
, and he could definitely help a team that believes it's one arm away
. Unlike C.C. Sabathia, a team that got Bedard would have him for one more year beyond 2008.
Maybe Bedard's alleged bad attitude would soften if he were teamed with a fellow Canadian (Dempster). No doubt he has the talent to help.
The Cubs need rest, more rest, and then a good night's sleep. A substantial infusion of talent wouldn't hurt either.
It's getting down to "crunch time" and the stretch run is about 1 month away.
"Please God!", no repeat of 1977. I know I couldn't take it.