GM Jim Hendry said today there's no reason not to work up to tomorrow's 3 p.m. deadline to make trades. As you know by now, Hendry traded pitchers Kevin Hart (today's winner) and Jose Ascanio as well as Class A infielder Josh Harrison to the Pirates for lefty reliever John Grabow and lefty starter Tom Gorzelanny.
Grabow will join the team tomorrow in Florida. Gorzelanny, a native of Evergreen Park, will go to Class AAA Iowa.
Grabow will join Sean Marshall in the pen to give the Cubs a 1-2 lefty punch. The 30-year-old Grabow makes $2.3 million this year, and he becomes a free agent in the fall. Gorzelanny began his big-league career with much promise, and Hendry said the Cubs believe he's throwing well again. Hendry said "absolutely" when asked if Gorzelanny figures in the Cubs' plans as a starting pitcher.
The Cubs also optioned pitcher Mitch Atkins to Iowa. Sam Fuld arrived in Chicago in time to jump on the charter for Florida. The Cubs will activate him before tomorrow night's game against the Marlins.
Apparently, there is no inclination to move Marshall to the rotation, but the Cubs will need a starter next Tuesday in Cincinnati. It could be Gorzelanny.
As far as another trade, Hendry says there's nothing hot right now.
"You always keep your options open until the clock strikes the end of it," Jim said. "I don't have anything else where I'm going to call you tonight and say, 'Hey, we got to meet again,' because I don't think anything will happen tonight. I hope something pops up between now and 3 (tomorrow). I wouldn't count on it. We certainly don't shut the door and say it's done. I don't have anything going like this."
Hendry added that former Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan will throw for a second time tonight for Iowa. He wouldn't rule out three lefties in the pen at some point.