Posted by: Chris | July 20, 2010

Trade Deadline

With the trade deadline quickly aproaching and the Cubs appearing to be sellers for the first time since 2006, I am really excited. I always love the trade deadline simply because teams are making deals left and right, an aspect of the game I really enjoy. It’s always exciting seeing which teams will trade who and I usually love it when the Cubs are in the hunt as Jim Hendry is a FAR better trader then he is free agent signer. (After all, he did make the greatest trade in history at the 2004 deadline, bringing Nomar Garciaparra to Chicago in a blockbuster 4-team deal)

But I am surprised at how excited I actually am that the Cubs are going to be sellers this year. We have a lot of bad contracts and potential free agents right now that were dieing to get rid of, as we have a great group of fresh young talent waiting in the wings, and the sooner we can get rid of the crap we have now, the better.

Now obviously, some guys like Carlos Zambrano and Alfonso Soriano are next to untradable to do their statuses, but their are some guys who can be dealt. For example, Ted Lilly who is pitching well and will be a free agent after the season, has interested many teams. Also, Derrek Lee, who will also be a free agent after the season, might interest teams who need a bat for the playoff stretch, similair to the Dodgers acquiring Jim Thome last year from the White Sox. Derrek Lee does have a full no trade claus, but said he will waive it for the right team, so it is a possiblity. Another trade candidate is Kosuke Fukudome. While he is making alot of money and under-performing, the Cubs have said that they will eat alot of his salary in order to move him, as we have Tyler Colvin and Brett Jackson ready to take over in the over-crowded outfield. And finally, Xavier Nady appears to be on the trading block as well. As sad as I am to see him go, (with all my work on the project X-Factor and all) It’s a move that will help us in the future. Teams have shown interest in him as a platoon player and/or bench bat so odds are he will be dealt as well.

It will be interesting to see what happens this year. I can gaurentee I will be sitting on my coach watching MLB Networks live coverage of the trade deadline on July 31 up until the last minute!

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  1. I would expect Nady, Fontenot, Lilly and maybe Silva to be dealt by August 1. Lee would be a little bit of a surprise, unless he goes to, say, Texas or LA Angels, which really could use some lumber at first. And its a shame that the two biggest contracts to unload are on two players who carry the most baggage in Soriano and Zambrano. Too bad there isn’t a market to bring in a Silva like they did to get rid of Milton Bradley!


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