CHICAGO -- Despite making a big splash earlier this month by trading away two stalwarts of their rotation, the Chicago Cubs could be diving into the trade market yet again.
Just two days away from baseball's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said his cell phone is eating up its charge faster than usual this week.
"A lot of conversations," Hoyer said Tuesday prior to the Cubs' 4-3, 16-inning win over the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field. "I think we'll be active. It wouldn't surprise me if we made no moves, but I guess I'd say I expect to be active. We're having a lot of conversations. It's still early. (Wednesday) is sort of moving day, and I'd expect things to get a lot more serious as we move into (Wednesday)."
The Cubs already made a big move earlier this month by trading starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for a package of highly touted prospects. Chicago still owns some valuable assets for teams in the playoff chase, but that earlier deal is likely the biggest the organization will pull off this season.
"We're no less active in terms of texts and phone calls and stuff like that, but I guess, in all candor, it's probably a little less pressure-packed than it (would be) if Jeff and Hammel were still on the team," Hoyer said. "I think we'd be looking at it a little bit differently. There might be a little more phone traffic, but it'd be a lot more pressure to get a deal, especially with the number of starting pitchers that are currently on the trade market."
As for potential trade targets on his own team, Hoyer said the club isn't against trading away players who are still under the team's control going forward. If the deal is right, the Cubs will pull the trigger.
"We certainly could," he said. "The free agent markets are pretty thin now, and if you trade a guy that is under club control, unless you've got a prospect that can do that same job, all that means is that you're right back on the market this winter trying to find virtually the same skill set. So, we're certainly aware of that, and the price on the guys that are under club control reflects that."