Trade chatter won't be distraction

Trade chatter won't be distraction

CHICAGO -- It's trading season in Major League Baseball.

With a little more than two weeks to go until the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Cubs will certainly be involved in numerous rumors. But manager Dale Sveum said he didn't think they would impact his club, which closed the first half by winning nine of its last 13 games.

"I don't think it ever impacts wins or losses," Sveum said. "I think once these guys cross the line in batting practice, none of that stuff comes into play. Off the field, it's something that's there and it's been there a long time. You have to deal with it."

Regardless of the amount of talk, Sveum says his players just need to focus on what they control and remember it's part of the game.

"I've been on teams where there's a little bit [of rumors] or a lot, and then all of sudden it gets down to the Trade Deadline and, wow, nothing happens," Sveum said. "You're going to have the medium, the garage sale, [or] nobody gets traded. It's part of the game and it's that time of the year. The rumors fly and things happen."