The two will almost undoubtedly explore various trade scenarios with the July 31 deadline approaching, especially given the fact that the Cubs are in the middle of the rebuilding process while Boston looks to add another piece or two for a stretch run.
The two clubs are reportedly talking pitching, and according to ESPN's Jayson Stark, Boston is no longer interested in Chicago right-hander Ryan Dempster. Boston's reported interest in the veteran righty varied depending on who you asked. But according to Stark, the club is officially out on Dempster now.
However, Stark added that the club still has interest in fellow right-handed starter Matt Garza.
#Cubs still working to trade Ryan Dempster ASAP. One source says Red Sox are officially out on Dempster, still in on Matt Garza
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 19, 2012
Both are having fairly strong years, despite the fact that the Cubs are one of the worst teams in baseball this season. Dempster has been incredible, and he'll put his 33-inning scoreless streak on the line on Friday against St. Louis in what could be one of his last starts with the Cubs. Garza, who has another year on his contract after this season, has been decent this season. He's 5-7 with a 4.02 ERA, while only getting four runs of support per start.