ST. LOUIS -- The non-waiver Trade Deadline can't come soon enough for Cubs players, especially those who have seen their names mentioned on Twitter or heard rumors from family.
Players have asked Cubs manager Dale Sveum for updates.
"Ninety percent of the time there's no substance to all the things that are talked about," Sveum said.
He pointed out how the 10-player deal between the Astros and Blue Jays surprised a lot of people. However, when the Cubs were pursuing Matt Garza, that was leading the rumor mill for about two months.
"That's the 10 percent," Sveum said, laughing.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer knows it's a tense time in the clubhouse.
"You don't want to be a seller," Hoyer said. "All the guys on your team sit there and look over their shoulder. I think everyone exhales after the Deadline for that reason. I think every player on that field has been part of some rumor at some point this year, even Starlin [Castro] for a while -- that rumor was out there, which was unfounded."