The Chicago Cubs are heading into the MLB trade deadline as clear sellers and have a few valuable players to deal for the right price, including pitchers Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in acquiring both Dempster and Garza, and the Dodgers do have some prospects that could assist in the rebuilding of the Cubs' minor league system.
If a trade does take place between the two teams, as a Cubs fan, I am excited about the possible return that the Cubs could receive. While some minor leaguers are likely considered to be "off limits," teams will sometimes move highly-ranked prospects to secure major league talent. Below is a list of Dodgers prospects who could possibly be included in trades.
Pederson can play all three outfield positions and has tremendous offensive upside. In 84 minor league games last season, he hit .323 with 102 hits, 11 home runs, 64 RBIs, 20 doubles, 26 stolen bases and a .407 on-base percentage (OBP).
Eovaldi is in his fifth minor league season. His career record is 15-19, but he has been impressive at AA-Chattanooga, posting a 2.74 ERA with 129 strike outs in 138 innings.
Lee is in his second minor league season and has an 11-10 career record with a 3.94 ERA and 154 strike outs in 178.1 innings. He is one of the franchise's top prospects and may not be an option in any trade.
Webster has a 31-24 record with a 3.46 ERA over five minor league seasons. His ERA has been higher at AA-Chattanooga, although this season's 4.30 is down from his 5.04 in 2011.
Rubby de la Rosa
Once the team's top pitching prospect, De La Rosa is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery. His minor league numbers include a 2.90 ERA and 225 strike outs in 220 innings.
Reed has a 2.52 ERA this year and has reached the AA level in his first full season. In five games at Chattanooga, he has allowed only two runs in 15 innings.
Another starting pitcher, Sanchez is in his second minor league season. He posted a 2.82 ERA at A-Great Lakes in 2011 but holds a 5.85 at A-Rancho Cucamonga this year.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.
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