Sportress of Blogitude

Cubs trying to avoid all the noise from Manny Machado trade rumors

Much like Manny Machado himself, the Chicago Cubs, linked to trade rumors involving the Baltimore Orioles superstar shortstop, are attempting to avoid all the noise related to the rampant speculation.

Things came to a head from the Cubs’ perspective this week as Machado and the Orioles are in the Windy City for a four-game set with the crosstown White Sox, a team also among those believed to be interested in the O’s infielder.

The media throng surrounding Machado earlier this week abundantly illustrates the current hype level of the Machado rumors in Chi-Town.

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was asked this week about the buzz being ratcheted up due to Machado being in town.

“You hear rumors all the time,” Rizzo said Tuesday at Wrigley Field, via the Chicago Tribune. “If I’m going to comment on every rumor that (is spread) … it’s crazy. We’re baseball players. People write stuff. We have no control. I have no idea of what’s going on.

“I do know I’ve seen rumors long enough to know it’ll be rumors until Aug. 1, and that’s when the (trade) deadline is over. We’re just starting a little earlier this year, in May.”

Meanwhile, Cubs skipper Joe Maddon feels especially sorry for Addison Russell, who has been named as a possible piece of a Cubs-Orioles exchange for Machado.

“Of course,” Maddon said. “You talk about a 24-year-old hitter. How about a 24-year-old human being having to try to process all of that. Whether he’s hearing it or not from anywhere here, it’s (his) mom, dad, brother, friend, former coach, on the phone (asking) ‘What’s this all about?’

“He has to be inundated with that conversation. He didn’t ask for it. He’s just doing his job.”

Russell has attempted to ignore all the chatter the best he can while saying he hopes to remain with the Cubs. That said, all the Machado chatter has to be a distraction. And until Machado is dealt by the Orioles, assuming he is, Russell and the Cubs — and any other team in the Machado sweepstakes — will have to simply deal with all the noise.