Plenty of Post Trade Deadline Players Available for the Chicago Cubs

Pat De Marco @@patdemarco01Correspondent IAugust 2, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 16: Geoff Blum #27 of the Houston Astros hits the ball against the Chicago Cubs on May 16, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Astros 5-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The trade deadline has come on and gone, but that doesn't mean the Chicago Cubs can't make a move.  The process is much more difficult, but plenty of quality players have been acquired after the July 31 trade deadline. 

In August of 1998, the Cubs signed Gary Gaetti after he was released by the Cardinals.  Gaetti would hit .320 down the stretch with 8 home runs. 

In August of 2003, the Chicago Cubs once again made what turned out to be a great post trade deadline move.  The Cubs acquired Randall Simon who went on to hit .282 with 6 home runs.

In August of 2004, the St Louis Cardinals made their own post trade deadline trade when they acquired Larry Walker after the July 31 trade deadline.  Walker hit .293 down stretch and helped the Cardinals reach the World Series. 

The process of acquiring a player after the July 31 trade deadline is a little difficult to understand.  Teams typically place the majority of their players on waivers.  Unclaimed players can be traded to any team.  Claimed player's can be kept, traded, or given to the claimed team who would inherit the players contract. 

If multiple teams claim a player, the player can only be traded to the team with the worse record. 

Now that I have explained the logistics of the post July 31 trade deadline, let's take a look at a few players who will likely clear waivers.

The Houston Astros are falling quickly in the NL Central and have been hit with a rash of injuries.  At 51-53, it's unlikely they will continue to contend in the NL Central. 

Look for Houston's Geoff Blum to clear waivers.  That's correct, the same Geoff Blum who was acquired after 2005 trade deadline by the Chicago White Sox.  Blum would go on to hit one of the most memorable home runs in White Sox history in game three of the World Series. 

The 35 year old switch hitting Blum can play numerous positions.  Blum who has spent the majority of the season at third can play multiple positions. 

During his 10 year career Blum has played second, third, short, and has also seen time in both left field and right field.

Blum who is hitting .268 can provide some well needed versatility to the Cubs.  He will be a free agent after the season. 

One more possibility could be Felipe Lopez who was traded the Brewers on July 19th.  Lopez is currently hitting .303 with 6 HR and 27 RBI. Lopez who is also a switch hitter and can play both second and short. 

Like the Astros the Brewers are falling quickly in the NL Central and find themselves at 51-53.  It would behoove them to think about selling rather than buying.   

While it's not typical to trade within your division, both players will be free agents after this season, and it's unlikely they will return to their current teams.  


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