5 Chicago Cubs Most Likely to be Traded
In a lot of respects, they are the anti-New York Yankees, not having sniffed a World Series appearance, let alone a title, since the days of yonder. In actuality, the Cubs haven't been in the Fall Classic since the 1945 squad lost in seven games to the Detroit Tigers. And to make matters worst for the many supporters of the Cubs, the organization has not won a World Series title since 1908. To put it in perspective, the last time the Cubs won it all, General Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts, Dutch scientists produced solid helium and Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Murdock become the first people to travel across the United States by car.
With all that history surrounding the North Siders and the current owners of the club and the Ricketts family wanting to put a true winner on the field, the family brought in Theo Epstein as their President of Baseball Operations. He has been tasked to do for the Cubs what he did for the Boston Red Sox, and to reverse the fortunes and Curse of the Billy Goat. With the Cubs' opening day lineup salary at $107.6 million, which ranked thirteenth in the league, Epstein needs to not only slash the cap, but improve the Cubs' minor league farm system in the process. As the Major League baseball season steamrolls along, there are a possible five candidates on the Cubs' current roster that would not only be useful as trade bait, but whose exit from the organization could actually help improve the Cubs chances of not just getting close to a World Series, but hopefully winning it all.
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Soriano's name has come up most often when it comes to trade talks around the Cubs as he is due $17 million over this season and 2014. With the Cubs in a rebuilding mode, Soriano's contract coming off the books would free up the North Siders to make moves in order to get younger on the field.
Marmol has had more than a few ups and downs as a member of the Cubs organization and at this point with Epstein attempting to clean house, a fresh start for the reliever might be actually what the doctor ordered.
The outfielder with a .281 batting average has become expendable with the signing of right fielder Nate Schierholtz. DeJesus could be a missing piece of several teams close to a World Series title.
Another member of the Cubs that would be more beneficial to the club as a trade asset more than a pitcher due to his contract and skill set .
The wild card of the group, Samardzija appears to be coming into his own as a pitcher. If Epstein is seriously trying to overhaul the Cubs' minor league systen, then what better way to start than to be unload a young, proven pitcher for an untold number of blue-chip players?