Maddon OK if Cubs don't make any deals

Maddon OK if Cubs don't make any deals

CHICAGO -- The Cubs are third in the National League Wild Card race. What if they don't make a deal by Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline? Manager Joe Maddon is OK with that.

"If you look at the group we have, the big thing there is to get more out of what we have," Maddon said on Tuesday. "There is more. ... There's a lot left in the tank offensively for us in the next two months. If we can get everybody to play offense to the level we're capable of, there's a lot of offense."

The Cubs look at such players as Miguel Montero, Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella, all of whom are on the disabled list but close to returning. Getting them back could be like making a trade, except the Cubs won't have to give up anyone.

"We didn't know how much we missed [Chris] Denorfia until he came back [from the DL]," Maddon said. "A lot of times, the answers do lie within. The other part I like is that we all fought together to this particular juncture. To remain together and rely on the same group sometimes works to your benefit, too."

Maddon recalled how shook up the Rays were last year when David Price was traded to the Tigers.

"Offensively, of course, we'd like to have done more to this point, but I know there is more," he said of the Cubs. "I have a lot of faith in our guys, and the biggest thing is, when you're going through a rough moment, like getting swept at home, it really stinks, but it happens. How you react to that moment is what really matters. How do you stick together? How do you get to the next day?"

• According to Maddon, right-hander Rafael Soriano needs a little more time to be as effective as he was in the past. Entering Tuesday, Soriano had given up a home run in each of his last two outings, and had struck out three of the 15 batters he'd faced.

"He's well, he feels good," Maddon said of Soriano, who was the Rays' closer in 2008. "I just think he needs more time more than anything."

• First baseman Anthony Rizzo celebrated the opening of the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation Hospitality Room on the oncology floor at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago on Tuesday. Rizzo took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, then signed autographs, took photos, and chatted with patients and their families.

• Class A Myrtle Beach manager Mark Johnson will manage the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, which starts on Oct. 13.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.