By Jacob Kornhauser on July 18, 2014
Even though the Cubs are out of playoff contention as they move into the second half, there is still plenty to look for down the stretch. With so much young talent on its way up, the fans will still have plenty to root for as the season winds down.
Possible Trade Chips:
OF Justin Ruggiano
OF Nate Schierholtz
IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio
2B Darwin Barney
LHP Wesley Wright
LHP James Russell
The Cubs still have plenty of quality players to trade and fans should be on the look out for some of the players above to be on the move in the next couple weeks.
Plenty of pitchers will get their chance to prove themselves in the Cubs' rotation the rest of the way with the two major voids left by Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Additionally, his move to second base in Triple-A signifies that Javier Baez may be on the verge of a call up.
Several players in the Cubs' system could be learning new positions in order to make room for all of their best hitters. Among those moves seems to be Baez moving from SS to 2B and Arismendy Alcantara going from 2B to CF. Whatever the case may be, the team needs to find a way to get its eight best bats in the lineup everyday.
With the loss of Samardzija and Hammel, the Cubs have options to replace two spots in the rotation. Several prospects are going to get the chance to compete for those two spots. In addition, the Cubs will get to see how emerging star Jake Arrieta performs as the ace of the staff.
The Cubs could be active on the waiver wire this season once the trade deadline passes. This means they could make some subtle moves that improve the team for years to come. It's hard to predict what moves those could be, but the Cubs seem to be getting more aggressive as they move toward contention in the future.
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