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June 28, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Bruce Levine, Doug Padilla

Bruce Levine
  (1:03 PM)

Welcome to pregame of a doubleheader between the Cubs and Giants. A dream matchup with Doug Davis and Rodrigo Lopez going for the Cubs. Welcome ...

Mike C (Oak Lawn, IL)

Hey Bruce, a lot of names being floated around as trade bait but I haven't heard much chatter about Byrd. Assuming he comes back and re-establishes his value before the deadline, shouldn't we be actively looking to trade him to cut payroll and make room for Jackson.

Bruce Levine
  (1:04 PM)

There will be teams itnerested in Byrd. But as one scout said to me just 10 minutes ago, I want to see how he reacts in the batter's box after getting hit in the face. The good news was he got hit last night and it didn't impact the rest of his game. The Phillies are one team that may have some interest.

Kevin (San Diego)

Do you think the Cubs would be willing trade Matt Garza for the right deal? What do you think he is worth?

Bruce Levine
  (1:06 PM)

Garza will not be traded under any circumstances. He's 27 years old, he has the best stuff in the organization by far and he is under contract control for the next three years.

Ted (Chicago)

Has Matt Szczur replaced Brett Jackson as the Cubs most promising outfielder?

Bruce Levine
  (1:11 PM)

Not at this point but the Cubs have high hopes for him. He looks like a very good player and they feel he will be a major league player but Jackson will get the first shot.

Bill (Chicago)

I've heard the Cubs are looking to trade young players for young players. Is there any interest in Samardzija, Russell, DeWitt, etc. or are we talking minor league talent swaps?

Bruce Levine
  (1:12 PM)

I think Hendry will consider anything that makes sense. The Cubs need starting pitching. They have some good pitchers at Double-A but they need some very close to major league ready pitchers and I think that is what they would be interested in trading for.

David (Bucktown)

Hi Bruce, with Carlos Pena heating up, what do you think of his future prospects at being a Cub beyond next year, when you take into consideration production, cost, and potential absence of a deal requiring a 5-7yr commitment?

Bruce Levine
  (1:16 PM)

His agent is Scott Boras and after Fielder and Pujols sign he is the only power-hitting first baseman on the board. A one-year deal like this year will not be available to the Cubs which makes me believe the Cubs make a big push for Fielder due to the fact they don't have anybody in the system at first right now. Pena is a nice player who will hit 30-35 homers but at age 34 next season he is not exactly the future.

Chris (Minneapolis)

I know that Soto has started to heat up, but is there any chance that Soto gets traded? Is Wellington Castillo ready to take over?

Bruce Levine
  (1:17 PM)

I can't tell you I know that other than to say that good catching is very difficult to find. Unless the Cubs would get another catcher back in a deal I doubt they would do that. Castillo is developing but he still needs to call a better game to satisfy Cubs brass.

Kyle T (State St)

Is Chris Carpenter's future in the bull pen or will he be tried in the rotation?

Bruce Levine
  (1:19 PM)

Not sure. He was a starter then moved to the pen. I think he might be a closer in the future if he can get his command together.

Cheesehead Sports Nut (Chicago, IL)

It seems like the writing is on the wall that Prince is going to play somewhere else in 2011. Leaving my hometown bias aside, if I were in charge of the Chicago Cubs I think I would sign Fielder ahead of Pujols because not only will he presumably cost less but probably will play longer than Pujols. If you were in charge of the Chicago Cubs would you sign Pujols or Fielder?

Bruce Levine
  (1:21 PM)

It depends on length of contract. Pujols on a short-term deal would be very attractive but we know that's not going to happen. He's looking for 8-10 years but he will be playing at 33 next summer. Fielder, 27, might be easier to project for a long-term deal. Obviously it's going to be a lot of money and years for both.