Update: Cubs deny interest in Wells

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Quiet mornings like this one can see rumors take on a life of their own. Hence the Cubs quickly coming out to address rumors of a possible Milton Bradley-for-Vernon Wells trade, saying discussions of a potential swap have “no legs at all.”



With five years remaining on
his deal, Vernon Wells has one of the most undesirable contracts in the
game. Meanwhile, Milton Bradley has two years and $21 million left on
his.




In response to the proposed trade, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com says the Cubs may want to consider picking up Gary Matthews Jr. of the Angels, who is owed $23 million over the next two seasons.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.