Cubs get active with deadline approaching

The Chicago Cubs have made a couple trades with the Major League Baseball trade deadline approaching on Tuesday.

With the trade deadline looming on Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs have made some deals.

The team announced a deal sending right-handed starting pitcher Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for right-handed pitching prospects Aroldis Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman.

The Cubs also dealt catcher Geovany Soto, the 2008 Rookie of the Year, to the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitching prospect Jacob Brigham. However, that deal has not yet been announced by either ballclub.

Both Johnson and Soto were seen bidding farewell to teammates during Monday's game, a 14-4 Cubs win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs may be close to a deal sending Matt Garza to the Cincinnati Reds, who have made a push for the 27-year-old starting pitcher. Rosenthal also reports that the Cubs are "trying to bend over backwards" in an attempt to send starting pitcher Ryan Dempster to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tuesday's 3:00 CT. trade deadline could be a busy one for first-year Cubs president Theo Epstein.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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