According to MLB sources, the Cubs are one of four teams talking to the Athletics about Joe Blanton. The Cubs have been interested in adding an elite American League pitcher, which have led to the Cubs talking to the A's. The other teams interested are the Royals, Mets, and the Mariners. A paclage for Blanton would reportedly have to include Eric Patterson, Tyler Colvin, Sean Gallgher, Donald Veal, Jeff Samardzjia, and/or Matt Murton. This deal would seem unlikely because the Cubs are not budging on trading Colvin, Veal or Samardzjia, the main pieces of the trade.
I dont' really want to give that much up for one player when we can get Roberts and Bedard from the Orioles with virtually the same price.