Mark DeRosa has been traded to the Cleveland Indians for minor league pitchers Jeff Stevens, Chris Archer and John Gaub. DeRosa, 33, might slide into Cleveland's opening at third base.
With the Cubs close to finalizing another trade -- right-hander Jason Marquis to the Colorado Rockies for right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino -- the deals are seen as a precursor to the Cubs negotiating a deal with free-agent outfielder Milton Bradley.
The Cubs also signed Aaron Miles to a 2-year deal.
Reaction - WHAT ARE THEY DOING? I know that DeRosa isn't the best fielder around, but he's competent and he gives them a solid bat while playing everwhere in the field. Miles plays everywhere, but is, at best, a slap hitter with zero power. They are also trading away a solid #4-5 starter in Marquis for a crappy reliever in Vizcaino? Guys like Vizcaino can be found on the waiver wire. Finally, there's no way that signing Milton Bradley can be a good thing. It could get nuclear in that clubhouse with him and Zambrano. Thanks Jim Hendery, thank you very much.