As the trade deadline nears, the Cubs are getting more and more calls, but some players are more likely than others to get dealt. They have gotten calls on Nate Schierholtz, Jeff Samardzija, Kevin Gregg, James Russell and others.
According to an article posted by Jayson Stark of ESPN, the likeliest of all the Cubs to be traded are Kevin Gregg and Nate Schierholtz. Gregg has struggled recently, as he has given up five runs in his past eight innings pitched. On the year, Gregg is 2-2 with a 2.68 ERA and a 36/20 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Schierholtz was one of the hottest Cubs, but has cooled off the last two games. On the year, Schierholtz is hitting .274 with 14 home runs and 43 RBI's.
The teams interested in Gregg are the Rockies, Braves, Tigers, Red Sox, Dodgers and Diamondbacks. The teams interested in Schierholtz are the Pirates and other teams. Both are very likely to be dealt.
Jeff Samardzija and James Russell are very unlikely to be dealt, according to Stark. Samardzija is drawing interest from the Pirates, according to Tom Loxas and John Arguello of Cubs Den. Russell was drawing interest from pretty much every team that needs a left-handed reliever, but the Cubs like Russell and are unlikely to deal him.
The Cubs have been the most active team by far this month and figure to make at least two more deals. Kevin Gregg and Nate Schierholtz are the likeliest of all the Cubs to get traded. No deal sounds imminent at the moment, but that can change instantly since we are close to the trade deadline. The Cubs are trying to add to their already deep farm system and are wisely building from the ground up.
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