It’s the nature of the beast in MLB. Whenever a team is over 10 games out of first place prior to the month of July and has halfway decent players on its roster, the trades are bound to start happening.
In the case of the Chicago Cubs, it’s only a matter of time before the team is picked apart and left to the bone — a bone that includes Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Jeff Samardzija. Even still, the rest of the team is up for grabs and even the aforementioned “untouchables” could be had for the right price. Speaking of costs, the most marketable trade piece that the Cubs currently have is Nate Schierholtz.
Chicago took a chance signing Schierholtz this offseason and it appears the one-year, $2.25 million investment was a bargain. Arguably the Cubs’ most consistent bat, Schierholtz has notched nine home runs this year and is batting .288 in 2013. Look for teams like the Kansas City Royals to be chomping at the bit for the Cubs’ outfielder as K.C. needs some versatility and is only 5.5 games out of first place in the AL Central.
Given a 29-42 record you’d think the Cubs would have an awful pitching staff, but it’s actually quite the contrary. Of course, Samardzija has been the big story, yet the play of Scott Feldman, Travis Wood and even Kevin Gregg has been a pleasant surprise. The demand for pitchers climbs with the temperature and as the season wears on look for teams across the league to inquire about all three pitchers.
For now, the Cubs’ faithful have nothing to do but wait until after the MLB trade deadline on July 31st as the Cubs’ roster will definitely have a new look.