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Chicago Cubs Rumors: 5 Whispers a Month Before Trade Deadline

5 Chicago Cubs Rumors to Watch Leading up to 2014 MLB Trade Deadline

Theo Epstein Chicago Cubs
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The Chicago Cubs have been a pitching-starved team in recent seasons, but 2014 has been different. This year, the Cubs have gotten decent pitching from most of their rotation, but they haven't hit much at all. Nevertheless, they aren't contenders and will look to sell at the trade deadline.

5. Lots of Teams Want Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija Chicago Cubs
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5. Lots of Teams Want Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija Chicago Cubs
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Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija will be one of the top three pitchers on the trade market, along with David Price and possibly Cliff Lee. The Cubs won't have any trouble finding suitors for Samardzija, with the Blue Jays, Marlins, Red Sox and Yankees among the teams interested in him.

4. Jason Hammel More Likely to be Dealt than Samardzija

Jason Hammel Chicago Cubs
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4. Jason Hammel More Likely to be Dealt than Samardzija

Jason Hammel Chicago Cubs
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Even though Samardzija is drawing the most interest, teams appear to view Jason Hammel as the more attractive trade option. This is because he can be acquired more easily and he is basically putting up the same production as Samardzija.

3. Travis Wood, Jake Arrieta Won't be Moved

Jake Arrieta Chicago Cubs
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3. Travis Wood, Jake Arrieta Won't be Moved

Jake Arrieta Chicago Cubs
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Even though the Cubs are willing to move almost any of their veterans, it appears Travis Wood and Jake Arrieta won't be traded this year. Wood is an extension candidate and the Cubs have liked what they've seem from Arrieta. The latter is very much a part of the Cubs' future plans.

2. Darwin Barney is Killing His Trade Value

Darwin Barney Chicago Cubs
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2. Darwin Barney is Killing His Trade Value

Darwin Barney Chicago Cubs
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Because of his elite glove at second base, all Darwin Barney has to do to have decent trade value is hit relatively well. Unfortunately, he's hitting just .214/.255/.312 with a wRC+ of 50. Rather than being a trade candidate, Barney is turning himself into a candidate to be designated for assignment.

1. Samardzija Recently Rejected an Extension Offer

Jeff Samardzija Chicago Cubs
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1. Samardzija Recently Rejected an Extension Offer

Jeff Samardzija Chicago Cubs
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It sounds like the Cubs made a last-ditch effort to extend Samardzija, as Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported that the pitcher rejected a five-year, million extension offer from the Cubs. With little hope of re-signing him, the Cubs should definitely move him while they still can.