Quade expects veteran club to tune out rumors
With Trade Deadline rapidly approaching, speculation picks up
CHICAGO -- The Trade Deadline is one week away, and Cubs manager Mike Quade said he expects his players to ignore the rumors.
"Show up every day and focus on who we're playing," Quade said Sunday about what their approach should be. "Everybody deals with stuff differently, whether it's speculation or reality.
"I do think that when I look at the veterans who are here, this is not their first rodeo," he said. "This is not stuff they haven't experienced before, whether it's them personally or a teammate. I suppose [the rumors are] out there, but I would expect them not to be distracted at all."
The Deadline is July 31, when the Cubs will be in St. Louis. General manager Jim Hendry has said he's looking to improve the team for the future, and the Cubs will likely have openings next year if Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena don't return. Ramirez is in the last year of his contract, while Pena is on a one-year deal.
Last year, the Cubs dealt pitcher Ted Lilly and infielder Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers at the Trade Deadline in exchange for Blake DeWitt and two Minor League pitchers.
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