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Saturday, July 10, 2010
Cubs, Dodgers GMs talk business

By Bruce Levine

Jim Hendry
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry may look to trade some veterans this month.
LOS ANGELES -- The Cubs and Dodgers exchanged ideas Friday night as Cubs general manager Jim Hendry and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti met for 15 minutes in Hendry’s box at Dodger Stadium.

Although Hendry and Colletti like each other, this was not a social visit.

The Dodgers, like any number of contenders, could use a starting pitcher and a bullpen pitcher.

The Cubs can offer veterans, like Friday night’s losing pitcher, Ted Lilly. And he may indeed be the Dodgers’ preference at this point.

Lilly, coming off of two bad outings, is a time-tested veteran who thrives pitching in NL West ballparks where home runs are scarce due to the big ballparks in Los Angeles. San Francisco and San Diego.

Lilly is a fly ball pitcher who gives up, on average, one home run per start. The gutsy lefthander can be projected to be even more effective when pitching in a big park. The Rockies are also a team that needs pitching, however projecting Lilly in Coors Field would be much more difficult to do.

It appears the Cliff Lee trade has energized a lot of talk between GMs and scouts the last couple of days. The Rangers have talked to the Cubs and expressed interest in Xavier Nady, who could be a platoon player at first base and in the outfield after the Rangers traded first baseman Justin Smoa to Seattle in the Lee deal.

Detroit had talks with the Cubs centering around second baseman Ryan Theriot. Those conversations have cooled down. Major League sources tell ESPNChicago.com that the Colorado Rockies now have apparent interest in Theriot.

Carlos Zambrano is due to come off the restricted list sometime after the All-Star break. In order to trade Zambrano, the Cubs and any team interested would have to be creative trying to decide how to split the $40 million remaining on the 29-year-old Venezuelan’s contract. Zambrano’s contract runs through 2012.