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Old Jul 9th 2011, 9:11 am
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Trade Probabilities

High

John Grabow: Veteran lefty, who would fill out a bullpen for a team in contention.

Trade return: Low

Prediction: He gone!




Kerry Wood: The only thing that would hold back a trade, is sentimentality.

Trade return: Solid

Prediction: I'll be rooting for you in the playoffs, Kerry.




Carlos Pena: Carlos has everything a contending team seeks in a deadline acquisition(experience, defense, gets on base, power, character, left handed bat).

Trade return: Good

Prediction: Carlos is clogging the bases for a contending team, come August...maybe his old one!




Reed Johnson: Ideal bench addition for a contending team.

Trade return: Low

Prediction: Gone!




Good

Jeff Baker: A contending team who needs infield depth, especially from a guy who kills lefties, would love to have him.

Trade return: Solid

Prediction: Hendry holds on to Baker for next season.




Aramis Ramirez: The only variable holding back a Ramirez trade, apart from him getting injured(which is very possible), is his no-trade clause.

Trade return: Very good

Prediction: Aramis waivers his no-trade clause, crushes it for another team, while the Cubs net a very nice return for him and save alotta of cash in the process.



Average

Ryan Dempster: He'd have to bounce back strong for a team, a desperate team, to acquire him.

Trade return: Average

Prediction: Dempster is in the Cubs starting rotation in 2012.



Sean Marshall: There's a chance the Cubs can be persuaded to sell high on Marshall, as teams will be banging down the door to acquire him.

Trade return: Good

Prediction: Marshall is in the Cubs pen in 2012.



Kosuke Fukudome: Kosuke is in the final year of his contract. He can get on base, play defense and will do whatever is asked of him. The Cubs would have to eat a significant amount of money to make this work.

Trade return: Average

Prediction: Someone bites...and Kosuke is playing on another team, in September.
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Old Jul 11th 2011, 2:24 pm
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i find it unbelievable the Cubs will not DFA Grabow when they have 5-6 good LH relievers between AA and the big league club.
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Old Jul 11th 2011, 3:06 pm
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Marlon Byrd most likely to be traded , out producing his contract and one year left , good club guy fit any team , outfield position player any team could put him in , solid player all around . With the number of possible suitors , the Cubs could bargain hard.
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Old Jul 12th 2011, 8:17 am
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I'd almost bet Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker will be moved in the post-TDL waiver period.
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Seems likely that Fukudome will be moved. He's got no future here, he isn't upping his own value for 2012 by staying on a cellar-dweller, the Cubs aren't going to offer him arbitration, and the Cubs would be content to eat some of his salary to save some cash.
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Old Jul 12th 2011, 9:48 am
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Seems likely that Fukudome will be moved. He's got no future here, he isn't upping his own value for 2012 by staying on a cellar-dweller, the Cubs aren't going to offer him arbitration, and the Cubs would be content to eat some of his salary to save some cash.
I don't know how many places the Cubs will be able to take this tactic .

It is looking more and more like they may have to launch Hendry and Quade .

It will tell much about what kind of owner Ricketts will be , if he is going to write checks to right this ship.
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It is looking more and more like they may have to launch Hendry and Quade .

It will tell much about what kind of owner Ricketts will be , if he is going to write checks to right this ship.
Yup. I am a bit nervous thinking about it - but he needs to start writing those checks.
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Yup. I am a bit nervous thinking about it - but he needs to start writing those checks.
And use the salary savings to sign some of the draft class

I'd bet anything Hendry will stay on in some capacity if he is not the GM.
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I am getting a sinking feeling . There is no buzz or mention of the Cubs with any of the trade rumors .
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I am getting a sinking feeling . There is no buzz or mention of the Cubs with any of the trade rumors .
That's not always an indicator of a lack of movement. Some of the Cubs' biggest moves under Hendry came without any warning.

The problem, though, as I'm sure you're thinking, is that the Cubs' most tradable pieces don't have to go anywhere if they don't want to.

If Ramirez didn't have no-trade rights, I'm thinking the buzz around him would be deafening.
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