5 Chicago Cubs Who Must Be Dealt Before 2014 Trade Deadline

5 Chicago Cubs Who Must Be Dealt

Jeff Samardzija
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As projected, the Chicago Cubs are struggling through the MLB 2014 season. But come the trade deadline and maybe even sooner, the Cubs could be a team to keep a close eye on for different reasons. Chicago figures to be a seller like they have been the last few years to turn over players and stock pile a farm system. Jeff Samardzija is the biggest piece that the Cubs have, but he is not a guy who must be dealt. Here are five who must be dealt.

5. Luis Valbuena

Luis Valbuena
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5. Luis Valbuena

Luis Valbuena
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Luis Valbuena is a good guy and has been a good player since joining the Cubs. However, he is not in the future plans on the North side and does eventually have to move. He is a left-handed bat who could come off the bench for a playoff team and plays multiple positions on defense. This would be a move that would hurt this season, but for the big picture it has to be done.

4. James Russell

James Russell
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4. James Russell

James Russell
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James Russell is a good left-handed arm to have in any bullpen. In 2012 he was real good, but perhaps a steady diet of being over-worked has hindered the lefty. The last few seasons have not been the same for Russell with his numbers going up. With the Cubs not needing a left-handed arm for crunch-time, Russell can be moved to a playoff contender if needed.

3. Nate Schierholtz

Nate Schierholtz
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3. Nate Schierholtz

Nate Schierholtz
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Nate Schierholtz is another guy who has been easy to root for since joining the Cubs, but is not in the future plans as well. Schierholtz was really good last season in terms of home run production, but just has two thus far in 2014. Like Valbuena, he is a good left-handed bat and can be used as a fourth outfielder for a playoff team. Moving Schierholtz frees up a position for one of the top prospects that the Cubs have.

2. Jose Veras

Jose Veras
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2. Jose Veras

Jose Veras
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Jose Veras was brought in this season to try and sure up the Cubs' closer situation. That has unfortunately not been the case. I thought it would be a good fit for Veras in Chicago, but it has just not worked out this season for the veteran. With being a free agent after the season, Veras would be a difficult player to move by the deadline because of his struggles. But if they can, the Cubs should move him and allow younger arms time to develop.

1. Darwin Barney

Darwin Barney
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1. Darwin Barney

Darwin Barney
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Darwin Barney is a great defensive player. However, his bat is limited and he plays a position where top prospects can be moved in to sooner rather than later. With guys like Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara waiting in the wings, it is hard to see Barney in the future plans of the Cubs. For the betterment of the team, moving Barney would be a sign that the youth movement will start to be put into place for the next wave of talent.

Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.  

 

 

 

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