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Chicago Cubs’ Top 5 Trade Assets

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Chicago Cubs' Top 5 Trade Assets

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The Chicago Cubs haven’t kept quiet about their willingness to deal their superstars. They have made it known they are willing to give up some of their current stars if the asking price is right. They’ve been looking to take on younger prospects and could be having a fire sale by the time the trade deadline hits.

The Cubs have already tipped their hand, dealing Scott Feldman and Scott Hairston. They’ve also been shopping around some of their top pitchers and position players.

No matter who they decide to deal, the Cubs will likely finish the season with a bevy of young talent. They have a couple solid prospects waiting to get major league time already in outfielder Jorge Soler and shortstop Javier Baez. Both guys could find themselves on the major league roster within the next year or two and are some of the top prospects at their positions. They have a few other solid position players as well such as outfielders Brett Jackson and Albert Almora.

The Cubs will be looking to add top-pitching talent in return for their studs. They have some solid starters at the major-league level currently, but could use more youth in that department. The Cubs can go any number of different directions. If they decided to ship more than one of their top players, they could find themselves with an excessive amount of pieces by season’s end. If that were the case, they could theoretically be set up to be buyers next season.

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5. Alfonso Soriano, Outfielder

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The Cubs might finally be able to rid themselves of Alfonso Soriano's monstrous contract. Soriano wouldn't bring nearly as much in return as some of the other prospects on this list, but he would be easy to part with.

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4. Jeff Samardzija, Starting Pitcher

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Jeff Samardzija's trade value dipped recently. He had a solid May and the Cubs could have commanded a ton for their "ace," but after struggling through June, he might not bring as much as they would have hoped.

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3. Kevin Gregg, Reliever

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Kevin Gregg's value is through the roof right now. The Cubs are essentially guaranteed to deal him based on need around the league. There are lots of contenders who could use a good closer, and Gregg has been exceptional this season.

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2. Matt Garza, Starting Pitcher

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Matt Garza is coming off two quality outings which dramatically raised his value. Multiple teams have expressed interest in Garza and they could possibly land the most by dealing him.

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1. Starlin Castro, Shortstop

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It's easy to forget Starlin Castro is still only 23-years-old because he's in his fourth year in the big leagues. The Cubs would be more willing to deal Castro now because of the success his predecessor, Javier Baez, has been having. Baez still needs some time in the minors, but he has shown flashes of brilliance in his short time there.