The Chicago Cubs were active sellers at the trade deadline
last season, and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters,
including Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, that the team could find itself in a
similar situation this year if the struggles continue.
"That's part of the business," Sveum said.
"If your team is out of it, to start building and getting a healthier
organization, unfortunately or fortunately, that's part of the business.
Hopefully, we don't have to worry about that. Hopefully, we're buying people."
Last summer the Cubs traded Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm,
Geovany Soto and Reed Johnson. The offseason before it dealt Sean Marshall,
Carlos Zambrano and Andrew Cashner. This year they have a few veterans who
could appeal to contending teams, including Matt Garza, Alfonso Soriano and
The Cubs aren’t poised to be major contenders in the Central
division in 2013, meaning they could be headed down a similar path as last
season. While this may not appeal to fans, Chicago has used trades to increase
its level of young talent, which is starting to show in the bigs – see Anthony
Rizzo, Travis Wood and eventually Arodys Vizcaino.
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