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The Chicago Cubs moved into sole possession of fourth place in the National League Central with yesterday's win. It marks their second victory in a row, but barring a much more extensive run the team is more likely than not to sell off their veteran players this summer, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.
Last season, Chicago traded away veterans Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Geovany Soto and Reed Johnson. Manager Dale Sveum and the Cubs' front office is hoping to avoid another sell-off, but it appears inevitable at this point.
“You always want to avoid it, but avoiding it is putting
yourself in a situation, and the team to not be in that position, meaning you
have to win a lot of ballgames to be a good enough team so you’re not selling
off anybody,” Sveum said.
At this point, Rogers believes there are three veteran players -- Matt Garza, David DeJesus and Scott Feldman -- that have a 75-percent chance or better to be dealt prior to the July 31 trade deadline. He sets the likelihood of a Alfonso Soriano trade at 50 percent, while he mentions other veterans -- including former closer Carlos Marmol -- that could also be made available as the summer continues.
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— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) May 29, 2013
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— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) May 29, 2013
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