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Major League Baseball fans, especially Cub fans, keep up with the Matt Garza rumors that fly around the Internet and TV/radio shows and seem to change a number of times each day. However, more Cubs are on the trading block even after the team has already traded away four players. In addition to Garza, here are two other Cubs who have increased their trade value and likelihood of finding new teams before the trade deadline via MLB Trade Rumors' Aaron Steen.
Trade rumors for Alfonso Soriano have flown since last season. He has shown that he can still handle a fastball, and is now in one of his streaky power surges. The biggest holdups are most likely his age (37) and his contract. Soriano is still scheduled to make approximately $9 million for the rest of 2013 and $18 million for 2014. He also has 10-5 trade veto status. For a trade to occur, the Cubs will most likely have to pay a large portion of that salary, and Soriano would have to agree. He turned down a trade to the Giants last year, but Chicago Tribunes' Paul Sullivan quotes Soriano as being more open to a trade to a contender should the offer come. Said Soriano,
"If they want me to stay here, I stay here. But if they don’t want me to, the door is open. I’ve had a good time. I just play one day at a time and enjoy my time."
In addition, Chicago Sun Times' Gordon Wittenmyer has this from Soriano:
For sure, if somebody asks for me, they have to be a contender for the playoffs. "A good city, I guess ... But I don’t want to think about it. Just see what happens."
With his recent power showing, he may have made it a little easier for a team to call, especially and A.L. team.
The Cubs' bullpen has imploded once again. Sullivan reports that the Cubs released Shawn Camp on July 9. Kyuji Fujikawa is out for the season. Closer Kevin Gregg is rumored for trade, and the Cubs may have started showcasing setup man James Russell. Scouts from many teams have come to see him pitch of late. In Boston, left-hander Andrew Miller is on the disabled list, possibly for the year. Steen notes that the Cubs are not necessarily seeking to trade him, but they will listen to offers. Russell is 1-2, 2.94 ERA in 43 appearances. He does, though, have six official blown saves.
The Cubs started the trading frenzy, and they appear as if they will continue to deal right up to to July 31 deadline.
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