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Sveum eager for Trade Deadline to pass

CHICAGO -- The rumors on Monday regarding Ryan Dempster ranged from talks heating up to no new discussions, depending on who you followed on Twitter. Cubs manager Dale Sveum can't wait for Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline to pass.

"I don't think it's ever easy, especially after you've heard your name mentioned," Sveum said. "I think it'll be a relief once [Monday's] game is over and [Tuesday] we get to 3 [p.m. CT] and see where we are then."

Despite all the talk, Cubs players have been able to focus on the job at hand.

"We've played really well through it, there's no question about it," Sveum said. "But it's there, and it's all part of the game and we've all had to deal with it, especially if you're a veteran player and get to the status of free agency and contracts. We've dealt with it pretty well."

Sveum isn't worried about what holes he may need to fill if any of the players are moved.

"You don't dwell on things that haven't happened yet," he said. "Until we have a different roster or somebody new in that clubhouse, you don't dwell on it. If you lose pieces, you go on and do the best you can and try to win ballgames without them."

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CHI Full Game Coverage CAGO -- The rumors on Monday regarding Ryan Dempster ranged from talks heating up to no new discussions, depending on who you followed on Twitter. Cubs manager Dale Sveum can't wait for Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline to pass.

"I don't think it's ever easy, especially after you've heard your name mentioned," Sveum said. "I think it'll be a relief once [Monday's] game is over and [Tuesday] we get to 3 [p.m. CT] and see where we are then."

Despite all the talk, Cubs players have been able to focus on the job at hand.

"We've played really well through it, there's no question about it," Sveum said. "But it's there, and it's all part of the game and we've all had to deal with it, especially if you're a veteran player and get to the status of free agency and contracts. We've dealt with it pretty well."

Sveum isn't worried about what holes he may need to fill if any of the players are moved.

"You don't dwell on things that haven't happened yet," he said. "Until we have a different roster or somebody new in that clubhouse, you don't dwell on it. If you lose pieces, you go on and do the best you can and try to win ballgames without them."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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