Alfonso Soriano’s name came up last month when New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson got hurt. Carlos Marmol’s name came up last week in an unfounded media report. And pundits already are speculating that the Boston Red Sox could be in the market for a DH (read: Soriano) with David Ortiz’s injured Achilles.

“Yeah, it’s going to continue,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of trade rumors dogging his suddenly small-market-looking club.