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Chicago Cubs Rumors: 5 Prospects Team Could Acquire In 2014

5 Prospects The Chicago Cubs Could Acquire Through Trades In 2014

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The Chicago Cubs have done a great job of building up their farm system the past couple seasons as they've rebuilt. Their farm system was ranked No. 4 in baseball going into 2014, and it can get even better. The Cubs won't be competing for the playoffs this season, so they can afford to ship guys off again.

Here are five more prospects they could add to their farm system through various trades.

5. LHP Kevin Ziomek

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5. LHP Kevin Ziomek

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Franchise: Detroit Tigers
Player Cubs Would Trade: 2B Darwin Barney

Kevin Ziomek is a mid-level prospect with a high ceiling for the Tigers. Since they're in need of middle infield depth, it would make sense for Detroit to deal for Barney. Ziomek would be one of the Cubs' better pitching prospects, but the Tigers can afford it, as they have plenty of pitching depth in their farm system.

4. OF Francisco Peguero

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4. OF Francisco Peguero

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Franchise: Baltimore Orioles
Player Cubs Would Trade: RHP Jason Hammel

It would be odd if this trade happened, as Jason Hammel has been with the Orioles before, but if they're in need of starting pitching, it could make sense. Peguero would join a loaded crop of outfield prospects in Chicago. That's not a problem becausem especially in farm systems, there is power in numbers.

3. RHP Jason Adam

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3. RHP Jason Adam

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Franchise: Kansas City Royals
Player Cubs Would Trade: OF Nate Schierholtz

There is a very good chance the Cubs will be dealing Schierholtz at the deadline, and the Royals are a likely destination. Kansas City is on the cusp of a playoff berth, and adding Schierholtz to the lineup would give them a boost. Jason Adam is the Royals' No. 9 prospect, and would certainly bolster a relatively weak Cubs pitching farm system.

2. RHP Jason Hursh

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2. RHP Jason Hursh

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Franchise: Atlanta Braves
Player Cubs Would Trade: RHP Jeff Samardzija

It seems more and more like Samardzija's days in Chicago are numbered. He doesn't believe the team will be competing soon enough for his liking, and a trade to the Braves would do both teams some good. The Braves would have a top rotation in the league, and Jason Hursh would probably be the Cubs' No. 2 pitching prospect behind C.J. Edwards.

1. RHP Marcus Stroman

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1. RHP Marcus Stroman

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Franchise: Toronto Blue Jays
Player Cubs Would Trade: RHP Jeff Samardzija

The Blue Jays are desperate to compete right now, and that could cause them to overpay for the Cubs' ace. Marcus Stroman is the No. 2 prospect in the organization, and he could be the Cubs' top pitching prospect if they acquired him. Should this opportunity present itself, the Cubs should pounce on it.