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For some reason, Cubs won’t part with Carlos Pena

Jul 30, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

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The Cubs fell to 23 games under .500 after Saturday’s 12-5 blowout loss to the rival Cardinals, but they continue to sit tight as the trade deadline approaches. In fact, they’re actually making some of their more coveted players unavailable.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Cubs have begun informing interested teams that first baseman Carlos Pena will not be traded this summer.

Pena signed a one-year contract with Chicago this past winter and will become a free agent in November. But the Cubs want to keep him around for reasons that can’t be fully explained. According to MLB Trade Rumors’ most recent Elias Rankings, Pena is not likely to become a Type A or Type B free agent this offseason, so the Cubs do not stand to gain compensatory draft picks when (or if) he signs elsewhere.

Pena, 33, has posted an .860 OPS since May 1 and is up to 20 home runs for the season.

  1. Ari Collins - Jul 30, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Why should Hendry trade anyone? He’s getting fired this offseason.

    • quintjs - Jul 30, 2011 at 9:40 PM

      This move either indicates he knows he is getting fired at years end, or is actively trying to get fired by years end.

    • 78mu - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:48 PM

      Hendry is negotiating his buyout.

      “Give me a golden parachute or I’ll sign the entire team to 9 year extensions. Soriano will be playing left field with a walker and Pena will be the first major league player to strike out every plate appearance”.

  2. rsox3fan - Jul 30, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Speaking of blowout’s.glad the Orioles showed up to play tonite.Anyone want to trade for any of those rag’s from that team???

  3. spudchukar - Jul 30, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Jim Hendry: “We suck, we know it, and we are going to keep it that way”.

    • phillyphever - Jul 30, 2011 at 9:54 PM

      I’m thinking they’re tanking for the #1 pick in the draft.

      • dan1111 - Jul 31, 2011 at 3:02 AM

        Then why not trade away their good players?

  4. Ari Collins - Jul 30, 2011 at 9:58 PM

    Hendry’s only chance at keeping his job is to hope his team improves over the season, and they’re not going to do that with prospects.

    Should’ve fired him long ago.

  5. shawon0meter - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    My thinking is they’re gonna pretend they really like Pena and re-sign him just so they don’t feel pressured from the fans into going after Fielder or Pujols.

    • 78mu - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:41 PM

      Cub fans may not be the brightest bunch (they keep buying tickets year after year) but there is not one Cub fan that will think ‘thank goodness we have Pena and don’t have to waste any money on Prince or Pujols’.

      That makes all of them smarter than Hendry.

  6. 78mu - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    The Cubs figure if they can’t get Pujols this winter then Pena is the second best 1b in the league. Because Pena is the guy to break a century of futility.

  7. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Jul 30, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    As I have said before, you can’t go 0 for 103 on World Championships on talent alone. The FO has to help.

  8. normb11 - Jul 31, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Kind of misleading…
    Buster Olney says ‘before the trade deadline’. Article here says ‘this summer’.
    My guess is that the offers (or just offer, anyone besides Pitt?) have been lacking (as noted what B’more got for D.Lee), so Hendry will wait until August. He’ll clear waivers. And hope that someone else decides they need a left handed bat.

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