David DeJesus and Nate Schierholtz remain Cubs after Wednesday’s trade deadline. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
The Chicago Cubs saw the trade deadline pass by Wednesday afternoon without making any additional moves. The team discussed trading catcher Dioner Navarro to St. Louis after the Cardinals placed Yadier Molina on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain but no trade came to fruition.
Outfielders Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus remain with the Cubs after discussions for their services with other teams failed to progress. Clubs reportedly also showed interest in relievers Kevin Gregg and James Russell as well as starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva, but no deals were made.
So where do the Cubs go with these players now heading into August and into the offseason?
Schierholtz was signed to a one-year/$2.25 million deal before this season and he will be in his final year of arbitration next season, meaning the Cubs control his contract. DeJesus is in the last year of a two-year/$10 million contract but the Cubs could pick up the option on his contract for $6.5 million next season. Both Schierholtz and DeJesus seem happy in Chcago and would prefer to keep wearing Cubs uniforms next season. The Cubs front office seems to like having both guys around and it appears to be likely that both outfielders, especially DeJesus could be back next year.
Kevin Gregg had reportedly received interest from the Tigers and Rockies but both teams passed on him. However, he could still be traded in August during the waiver period that ends August 31.
The Cubs unsurprisingly found no offers for their lofty trade demands of pitcher Jeff Samardjiza before Wednesday’s deadline. The next move for the Cubs to make with Samardjiza is to sign him to a long-term extension this offseason. He will become a free agent after the 2015 season.
Considering the overall lack of activity for Wednesday’s trade deadline, the Cubs appear to have played it smart by dealing big names like Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano early while also trading Scott Hairston and Carlos Marmol. The Cubs were one of the only teams to make substantial moves and they accomplished their goal of getting valuable prospects (with Mike Olt being among the best) in exchange. After one of the most uneventful trade deadlines in recent memory, the Cubs turned out to be one of this year’s only deadline winners.