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Cubs trade rumor roundup

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Cubs trade rumor roundup

The Cubs made a flurry of moves Monday night, sending Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson to the Braves and Geovany Soto to the Rangers, netting a trio of young pitchers in return.

But Theo Epstein and Co. don't figure to be finished dealing just yet, especially with some viable trade pieces left on the roster.

Let's take a look at the plethora of rumors as Monday rolled into Tuesday:

Ryan Dempster

For more on Dempster, check out Insider Patrick Mooney's updates. The Dodgers still figure to be the veteran's eventual landing spot. With Maholm on the Braves, Atlanta doesn't have a spot in its rotation for Dempster and it's hard to see anybody else pushing in right before the deadline.

Matt Garza

Monday started with news that Garza was going to stay put this July given his arm issues that have kept him off the field for the last week-plus.

But things have since changed.

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com says the Cubs are still trying hard to move Garza and one executive would be surprised if the 28-year-old starter is not moved before the deadline. Stark also says one executive believes there is a "very high" chance Garza is dealt and the Blue Jays are in hard on the veteran.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported the NL Central division rival Cincinnati Reds were also in on Garza, looking to further strengthen an already-solid rotation. CBSSports' Danny Knobler says he doesn't see a deal with the Reds going down, though.

Alfonso Soriano

The veteran slugger has been linked to the Dempster-Dodgers potential deal, but it was another NL West team Soriano was linked to Monday night. The Giants may or may not have had interest in the services of the aging outfielder, but either way, Soriano said he would not accept a deal to San Francisco.

Others

The Cubs may also field offers on Jeff Baker or Bryan LaHair and even though a guy like Shawn Camp has been so valuable to manager Dale Sveum's bullpen this year, the veteran reliever could draw interest as well.

With Johnson gone, the Cubs have an outfield vacancy with the big-league club. There were rumors on Twitter top outfield prospect Brett Jackson was removed from Monday night's game, but it wouldn't make sense for him to be called up to the majors just yet. With LaHair, Soriano and David DeJesus firmly entrenched in the three outfield spots, the Cubs would have to move one of them -- or bench one -- for Jackson to play every day. The 24-year-old would not be called up just for a reserve role.

Dave Sappelt, an outfielder acquired in the Sean Marshall deal, figures to be a better fit.

Stay tuned to CSNChicago.com for all the latest on any Cubs moves and be sure to follow our Insiders Patrick Mooney and David Kaplan on Twitter.

Denzel Valentine suffers setback on injured left ankle, will be reevaluated in 2 weeke

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Denzel Valentine suffers setback on injured left ankle, will be reevaluated in 2 weeke

Denzel Valentine’s troublesome left ankle is going to keep him on the sideline for at least the next two weeks. Fred Hoiberg said Saturday before the Bulls’ home opener against the Detroit Pistons that Valentine is suffering from a bone bruise in the ankle he sprained on the second day of training camp. Valentine will be evaluated in two weeks.

“It sucks because of all the work I put in this summer and being around the guys you want to be out there so bad,” he said. “Things happen for a reason, and now that we know what’s going on I at least have a time frame and be patient with it; it’s bad news but good news at the same time as it gives me time to get ready.”

Valentine had been practicing earlier in the week and appeared close to a return after spraining the ankle on Sept. 25. But the third year wing complained of discomfort in the ankle and missed practice on Friday. A scan of the left ankle revealed the bone bruise, and Hoiberg wouldn’t speculate on when exactly Valentine might return.

It’s the same ankle Valentine had surgery on in May 2017. Valentine also missed the last two weeks of last season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. The injury couldn’t come at a worse time for Valentine or the Bulls, who are in desparate need of help both in the backcourt and on the wing.

Though Valentine isn’t a true point guard, he averaged 3.2 assists per game off the bench last season. The Bulls could use that kind of production when Kris Dunn returns on Monday, as Cameron Payne and Ryan Arcidiacono haven’t exactly showed promise in the early going.

Instead, Valentine is on the mend and it’s unclear when he might return. Given he’s had surgery on the same ankle before, the Bulls will be cautious upon his return.

“I’m a fighter, I’m not going to quit; just deal with the hand dealt," Valentine said. "I can’t sit here and be negative, I just got to fight, stay mentally strong and this will be bittersweet when I come back and have a great year.”

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

The Bulls are still scrambling to add depth at point guard and found another body to throw in the rotation.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Bulls "are planning to sign" Shaquille Harrison. Harrison was waived by the Suns on Monday.

In order to complete the move, the Bulls are reportedly waiving center Omer Asik.

Harrison went undrafted out of Tulsa in 2016. The Suns signed him and sent him to the then NBA D-League. Last season, the 25-year-old from Kansas City played in 23 games and made two starts in the NBA. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.4 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.

The Suns signed Jamal Crawford earlier this week and waived Harrison. The Bulls apparently have swooped in.

This move comes just six days after the Bulls added Tyler Ulis, who was also waived by the Suns. Ulis didn't play in the season-opening loss at Philadelphia.

Kris Dunn will miss his second straight game Saturday against the Pistons. His absence against the Sixers showed the lack of depth at guard for the Bulls. Cam Payne started at point guard and split minutes with Ryan Arcidiacono. Payne went 0-for-4 in 21 minutes and led coach Fred Hoiberg to say potential lineup changes are "still up in the air."

Harrison can now join Payne, Arcidiacono and Ulis in a battle for backup minutes at point guard when Dunn returns to the lineup.