Renteria keeping trade speculation on back burner

Renteria keeping trade speculation on back burner

PHOENIX -- The Cubs jumped the market by making a blockbuster trade on July 4. The non-waiver Trade Deadline is July 31, and manager Rick Renteria was asked if he expected another move.

"That's a great question of which I have no answer to," Renteria said Saturday. "At this point in time, I don't try to speculate."

Renteria spent the All-Star break in Chicago with his wife and daughter, exploring the city. He did not meet with Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein or general manager Jed Hoyer.

"I couldn't take baseball out of my head, but they allowed me my time, so I took advantage of it," Renteria said.

The Cubs have a surplus of infielders, especially with Arismendy Alcantara's solid start in six games. Right now, Renteria is focused on the current 25-man roster.

"Nothing surprises me," Renteria said. "We prepare for everything, but [trades are] not something I'm thinking about."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for 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.