Today’s Chicago Tribune reports that Cubs pitchers Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman have been claimed off the wavier wire. This means that the teams who have submitted the claims have until Monday to work out a deal or the Cubs can pull them back. This is not an uncommon thing this time of year as many teams will offer players just to see what they could get in a trade; they also do it to gauge other teams’ interest in their prospective free agents. However in this instance I think that Hendry’s putting these guys on the market because he thinks it’s doubtful that he will be offering the kind of money that Harden will be wanting; in Heilman’s case it is likely that he’s trying to get something/anything for a guy that he has no intention of bringing back next year.
It’s likely that other players have been waived as well, perhaps even untouchables such as Ramirez, Zambrano and Lee. And you can bet the farm that Milton Bradley is on the wire too, it’s just doubtful that anyone will be wanting to damage their mojo in the midst of a pennant run. The Cubs are going to have to pull off a Todd Hundley-type trade to get rid of Bradley, besides what city is less “racist” than Chicago, a city that loves previous sports icons such as Michael Jordan, Walter Payton and Mr. Cub himself? This guy’s act is getting beyond old and it’s time for Milton to get dressed down in public. It’s a shame because he’s finally starting to hit.