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Before the season even began, the Chicago Cubs were expected
to become sellers at the trade deadline. They have yet to make this
announcement, but rival evaluators tell Buster Olney of ESPN that the Cubs are
officially “open for business.”
While some teams may be willing to sell, they may not have
much in the way of players that rival clubs are interested in. Olney says this
won’t be the case for Chicago, as the team has all kinds of players of varying
roles that could be had this summer.
Nate Schierholtz – who has posted a .924 OPS versus
right-handed pitching this season – could be a nice bench addition. Outfielder
David DeJesus is likely to become available, while Alfonso Soriano can almost
certainly be had at the right price, whether that be prospects or salary. With prospect
such as Brian Bogusevic waiting in the wings, Chicago can trade outfielders
The Cubs will certainly attempt to sell high on closer Kevin Gregg, he of the career 4.01 ERA who’s posted a miniscule mark of 0.77 after
being release by the Los Angeles Dodgers this spring. Lefty reliever James Russell may also be available.
And then of course there are the starting pitchers. Scott Feldman could prove the most popular name, but the man with the highest ceiling
is likely Matt Garza.
Whatever they end up doing, the Cubs should be in a good
position to expedite their rebuilding process this summer with a few well-timed
moves. It appears the team is now open for business, so the transactions should
begin sooner than later.
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