Chicago Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger, who was with Triple-A Iowa, left the team's clubhouse with his bags packed, according to Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register. Birch adds that Clevenger was sent to his hotel to await word on where he is heading, and that the 27-year old has not been called up to the majors. Stick here for updates throughout the night.
TUESDAY 9:24 AM: A trade should happen sometime today, a source confirms to MLBDailyDish's Chris Cotillo. The Houston Astros will not be acquiring Clevenger, and his destination is still unknown. The Cubs seem to be busy finalizing separate deals involving Marmol and Clevenger.
MONDAY 1:10 AM: Clevenger will NOT be traded to the Dodgers, MLBDailyDish's Chris Cotillo has learned. A deal involving him will be separate from the Carlos Marmol trade, and will likely happen early Tuesday.
MONDAY 11:32 PM: Clevenger was placed on the trading block within the last 24 hours after a disagreement with the Cubs over his medical situation, a source has confirmed to MLBDailyDish's Chris Cotillo. Clevenger, who was recently activated from the 60-day disabled list, asked for a second opinion on the injury (which he is entitled to as a 40-man roster player) within the last 24 hours and was immediately put on the trading block and told to pack up his gear. The Miami Marlins, who were rumored to have interest in Clevenger, have not shown definite interest in the catcher, but the Los Angeles Dodgers may be involved. The Cubs and Dodgers are closing in on making a trade involving Carlos Marmol, according to ESPNChicago's Bruce Levine, so Clevenger might be headed to Los Angeles.
MONDAY 9:38 PM: Clevenger's agent, Joshua Kusnick, spoke with MLBDailyDish's Chris Cotillo. He said that he does not know for sure what is happening with Clevenger, but believes that a trade has been made:
It's sounding more and more likely that a trade is in the works. That's just my gut feeling though. Steve is a Cub through and through and it bleeds through his veins. We really hope he's back playing in Iowa or Wrigley very soon. It's a business. All things being equal, he'd give anything to be back playing in Wrigley. It's the only team he has ever known.
We're in wait and see mode right now and it's got to be nerve wracking. I was hopeful we'd have some kind of resolution to his injury issues by now but it is taking a bit longer than expected. The Cubs have a great staff and I know they're doing what is best for Steve and for the Cubs. I guess we will find something out soon. If I had to guess, I'd say he would get dealt for international signing pool money. Just a guess. I truly hope he gets back to Wrigley.
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