(CBS) The non-waiver trade deadline passed without the Cubs making a major move, but they are still scouring the market for any additional pieces to help a squad that’s won 13 of its past 14 and is comfortably in control of the second NL wild card.
MLB teams can still trade for players who clear waivers until the end of August, and the Cubs have an open mind.READ MORE: Five States, Puerto Rico Added To City's Travel Order; Wisconsin, Iowa, Two Other States Removed From Travel Restrictions
“We still have a ways to go until we get to the end of the month to make those moves, but we’ll be active and pay attention to what we might need to get through the last month,” general manager Jed Hoyer said Friday before the Cubs-White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field.
“We’ll be open to moves that make us better.”READ MORE: With Vaccinations Lagging And COVID Cases Rising Among Black Chicagoans, Mayor Lightfoot Says 'We Need To Send Out The Alarm'
The Cubs are one of a half-dozen or so teams that have expressed interest in Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who has cleared waivers. So are the Cubs close to making a move this week?
“There’s nothing imminent, if that’s what you’re asking,” Hoyer said, speaking generally. “Keep grinding through the waiver wire, keep looking at what’s available, but nothing’s imminent. We like the way the club’s playing right now.
“We’ve got nothing imminent with guys who have cleared.”MORE NEWS: Cook County Health Releasing Nearly 10,000 First-Dose Vaccine Appointments Tuesday
Utley’s hitting .196 with four homers and 28 RBIs in 70 games while dealing with injuries. The Cubs recently demoted Starlin Castro from his starting job at shortstop, moving Addison Russell there from second base, which he had played for most of the year.