By Jacob Kornhauser on May 30, 2014
The Cubs own the worst record in the major leagues and will clearly once again be sellers at the trade deadline. While some players who were going to be slam dunks for trades at the beginning of the season are underachieving, the Cubs should still be able to stockpile prospects by dealing these five players.
Hammel is pitching really well; he has totaled four wins in April and has kept up that momentum. He's one of several second tier pitchers that teams at the deadline will be interested in. Once the Cubs decide to move him, they should get back a modest set of prospects in return.
The Cubs' effective southpaw reliever hasn't been as great this season as in years past, but if they can find a team in search of a lefty relief arm, the Cubs will surely consider it. Russell seems to be entering his prime and is probably at his highest trade value, so the Cubs would be foolish not to at least try to move him.
More so than any other Cub, Schierholtz has decreased his trade value this season. He has just one home run and is barely batting above .200, so in order to be tradable he will have to get hot. As soon as he shows any sign of a hot streak, the Cubs should shop Schierholtz quickly.
Bonifacio was one of baseball's hottest hitters to start the season which skyrocketed his value. While he's cooled down, he's still staying relatively consistent and has some solid trade value. A lot of Bonifacio's value comes in his base stealing ability and his versatility. The fact he can play any infield or outfield position other than first base makes him even more valuable to potential suitors.
Clearly the Cubs' biggest trade piece in recent memory, Samardzija is going to bring in a huge package of prospects. His trade value was already really high before pitching like a potential Cy Young Award winner this season. The Cubs would be smart to move Samardzija before the deadline, because that's when they will be able to net several top prospects.
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