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NL Central Notes: Cubs don’t want to move Jimenez, Pirates considering pitching upgrade

The latest from the National League Central.

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Several clubs have expressed interest in Cubs outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez, but the club is “resisting efforts” to move him before the deadline, according to CSN Chicago’s David Kaplan.

Jimenez, one of the more highly touted international free agents between 2013 and 2014, has had success in Single-A, batting .332 with 10 home runs.

MLB.com and Baseball America have deemed Jimenez one of the best 10 prospects in the Cubs’ system.

Chicago, seeking bullpen depth, could move Jimenez and still have sufficient depth. However, it doesn’t seem any trade for pitching help is imminent.

More from around the National League Central:

  • It seems the Cardinals are now in a position to build around Aledmys Diaz at shortstop. The transition has forced Jhonny Peralta to play at third.

  • Texas has reportedly discussed a deal that involves Jonathan Lucroy and Will Smith with Milwaukee, but the Brewers aren’t in a hurry to make a move.

  • Pittsburgh is scouting Chris Archer, but the Rays haven’t been impressed by any offers to this point and might not move him.

  • At this point, the 2016 season doesn’t matter much for the Reds, who are rebuilding and struggling this year.

  • Chicago placed Trevor Cahill on the disabled list with tendonitis.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Cubs 54-35 —GB

Cardinals 46-42 7.5 GB

Pirates 46-44 8.5 GB

Brewers 38-50 15.5 GB

Reds 33-57 21.5 GB