MILWAUKEE -- Cubs general manager Jim Hendry and his staff stayed back in Chicago to monitor moves heading into Sunday's Trade Deadline. Manager Mike Quade is staying focused on the current roster.
"I'm busy with the day-to-day picture," Quade said. "We all know the kids coming in the organization, we know the kids who are here, and we know the guys who are performing well here. And how that mix plays out is way beyond what I have the capacity to deal with."
If Hendry calls for Quade's opinion, he'll chime in.
"But I do know I don't have any idea big picture-wise or budget-wise," he said.
The Cubs began play on Tuesday 12 games back in the National League Central. That doesn't deter 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. "My business is to see if we can beat [Chris] Narveson tonight.
"Time will take care of all the prognostications. 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 is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.