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Will Peavy be dealt before the deadline?
Building off the rumors of Cubs closer Kevin Gregg being transplanted, the team clearly isn't done wiping out the current roster for continued prospect growth.
With players still available for trade, general manager Theo Epstein stated that the team will remain active through tomorrow evening. Per Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com: "If we do anything, it will probably be closer to the deadline."
The Cubs have already made five deals since the beginning of July, including trades featuring much sought-after starting pitcher Matt Garza and power bat Alfonso Soriano. With Garza and starter Ricky Nolasco (now with the Dodgers) already gone, certain names have begun to garner more attention in the past week.
White Sox starter Jake Peavy has been a heavily debated topic. ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Estes claimed the Red Sox, Athletics and Diamondbacks were among the teams interested in the right-hander. The question remains, however, just how much a team is willing to part with to acquire an injury-prone starter with a mid-4.00 ERA and a high walk rate. Peavy is the best starting arm left on the market, but don't be surprised if a deal isn't agreed upon by the deadline.
Bud Norris of the Astros has also been a name surfacing in the past month. The Braves were thought to be the front-runners for Norris' services, but Jayson Stark refuted that claim last week.
Norris has a 3.93 ERA in 126 innings pitched for the "nowhere road" Astros this season. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, there are still a considerable number of teams interested in Norris, including the Red Sox, Pirates, Phillies, Rangers, Giants, Dodgers and Orioles.
The Royals' Ervin Santana (138.1 IP, 3.06 ERA) is another available arm, yet after a six-game winning streak that has return Kansas City to a .500 record (51-51), Jeff Passan tweeted that the Royals asking price for Santana has risen. The team now wants players that will help them contend this season.