CHICAGO -- With trading season fast approaching, Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry wanted to make it clear Wednesday that the team would not be conducting a "fire sale."
Without naming names, Hendry did intimate that some players may be available if they didn't fit into the team's future plans. That list could include Kosuke Fukudome, Carlos Pena, and Aramis Ramirez, all of whom could be free agents at the end of the season.
"There're a lot of people [on the roster] that you're still capable of winning with down the road that are not free agents," Hendry said. "You certainly have control of their contracts for years that we would have no interest in trading."
Hendry was still holding out hope that the Cubs could turn things around in the next month, but getting back in the playoff race is clearly a long shot.
"The nature of the game is that you can turn things around in a shorter period of time than you used to [be able to]," Hendry said. "We've done that before a few times, plan on doing it again."
At 32-48 the Cubs have baseball's second-worst record. They take on the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
Sahadev Sharma covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.