COMMENTARY | With the trade deadline just a little more than a week away, the Chicago Cubs have already been one of the most active teams in baseball.
As of July 23, the Cubs have sent away Matt Garza, Scott Feldman, Carlos Marmol and Scott Hairston via trades, while parting ways with relievers Shawn Camp and the short-tenured Henry Rodriguez.
Despite the Cubs' activity, they still have a number of possible trade suspects who might find their way out of Chicago before (or after) the deadline.
Alfonso Soriano (.256 AVG, 17 HRs, 51 RBIs)
Given the recent rumors concerning the New York Yankees' interest in bringing Soriano back, the 37-year-old outfielder is more than likely on the way out. Add in that Soriano has been stellar lately -- .289 AVG, 10 HRs, 21 RBIs over the last month -- and his value is all the higher. The emergence of Junior Lake gives the Cubs an option to replace Soriano that they were missing prior.
Soriano's improved defense makes him a possible candidate for any contender, but he would almost have to be considered a full-time DH sooner rather than later. The Yankees' parade of injuries (and consequential offensive inconsistencies) makes Soriano an attractive option in the Bronx.
His salary is still monstrous, and that always makes a deal slightly less of a possibility.
Likelihood of a trade: 75%
Nate Schierholtz (.269 AVG, 11 HRs, 35 RBIs)
Schierholtz has struggled lately -- .167 AVG, 0 HR, 1 RBI in 11 games in July. Prior to this mini-slump, Schierholtz was making some people believe he was an everyday player, as opposed to the platoon-role he has been stuck in most of his career.
Schierholtz has gotten more attention than he otherwise would have given the mediocrity of most of the other Cubs, but he still has been a nice surprise. He has managed a career .276 average against left-handed pitching but has been sub-.200 the last two seasons, solidifying his platoon role.
He's gained favor with the organization and at only 29 could be considered for a two- or three-year contract as the Cubs wait on their prospects to develop. However, he might also be at the peak of his trade value.
Likelihood of trade: 50%
David DeJesus (.260 AVG, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs)
DeJesus has been on the disabled list with a sprained shoulder since mid-June. He is expected back shortly but might not be in trade condition before the deadline.
However, he has been a solid, consistent player for the Cubs both this season and last. He is a career .280 hitter, plays above-average defense in the outfield, and is an experienced veteran -- all qualities contending teams covet.
The Cubs might be hesitant to send him off because he is under team control through next season but with injuries to Ryan Sweeney and Brian Bogusevic, Scott Hairston traded, and Soriano's possible departure, the Cubs may opt to hold onto DeJesus with his manageable $6.5 million salary.
Likelihood of trade: 33%
Kevin Gregg (2.80 ERA, 19 saves)
A midseason surprise, Gregg's value has undoubtedly taken a modest tumble over the last few weeks -- a rocky outing against the St. Louis Cardinals (four runs) has bloated his stats. Though Gregg doesn't look as untouchable as he did maybe a month ago, he's a veteran relief pitcher that contenders always seem to have room for.
At 35, I can't imagine the Cubs would hang on to him. Barring injury, someone will want him.
Likelihood of trade: 95%
Technically, almost everyone on the Cubs is a potential trade target. But other than the above, teams might look to add Cody Ransom (.237 AVG, 9 HRs, 20 RBIs) or Luis Valbuena (.236 AVG, 9 HRs, 31 RBIs) for a younger option. Dioner Navarro (.287 AVG, 9 HRs, 20 RBIs) has been tearing the cover off of the ball, and even James Russell could be considered for some left-handed bullpen help. Ryan Sweeney is probably out of the running since he won't return from the disabled list well into August.
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Brian is a lifelong Chicago Cubs follower. Living in Illinois his entire life has given him a chance to closely follow and report Chicago sports as a freelance writer through Yahoo! Contributor and Yahoo! Sports. He is also a senior in college majoring in English and Creative Writing.
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