Hoyer starting to field trade inquiries

Hoyer starting to field trade inquiries

Hoyer starting to field trade inquiries
CHICAGO -- Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said on Saturday his phone lines are starting to ring as Major League Baseball's July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

"Yeah, we've had quite a few [calls]," Hoyer said. "A lot of teams [are] just checking with everybody, so you get a lot of those. You'll talk to every team, just to see what they're doing, what they're thinking."

The Cubs figure to continue to receive numerous calls because of their valuable trade chips -- like right-handers Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza, outfielder Alfonso Soriano, and possibly outfielder/first baseman Bryan LaHair and catcher Geovany Soto.

There is also a new wrinkle this year with the second Wild Card team, which Hoyer said he hasn't yet seen the effect of when fielding calls.

"When you look at the standings now, it's so jumbled," Hoyer said. "If you're a .500 team in the American League, you're a couple games out of the second Wild Card [spot].

"Sort of like the Draft [slot system], we'll see how that plays out at the Deadline and we'll see how that plays out in August. But, again, it's really jumbled. It's definitely keeping a lot of teams in the race, which is the intended purpose."

Because so many players figure to be available, it's questionable as to how different the Cubs will look come Aug. 1. Hoyer said he wouldn't put a number on how many players the team is looking to deal, but said the organization will, as always, be looking for a balance in its short- and long-term goals.

"You kind of look at each individual case and see if it's someone who can help the organization," Hoyer said. "We're not going to focus on numbers or how it mixes up. We're going to field a team that we're proud of after July 31 and that's important, as well."