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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.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 18th homer of June and 31st of the season came off the Tigers in the Cubs' brief 2-game Interleague series in Detroit. 

Sosa connected in the first inning off Tigers starter Seth Greisinger, going back-to-back with Mickey Morandini. 

The Cubs wound up getting out to a 5-0 start in the game but still lost 7-6 on a Gabe Alvarez single in the bottom of the 11th.

The aforementioned Morandini homer was only the 3rd of the season for the Cubs second baseman. He finished with 8 homers on the year and 224 total bases on 172 hits in what was a very good offensive season. Yet it paled in comparison to Sosa, who had nearly 200 more total bases (416) and a slugging percentage nearly 200 points above Morandini's (.647 to .471), a testament to how truly incredible Sosa's season was.

Fun fact: Tony Clark was the Tigers' cleanup hitter that day. Clark is now the head of the MLB Players Union.

Fun fact No. 2: Paul Bako was the Detroit catcher in the game. He later became the Cubs backup catcher in 2003 and 2004, when he posted a .611 OPS in 119 games over the two years.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.