The Chicago Cubs are headed towards another late summer purge so its time to sell high and cut away the fat. In addition to the immanent trade of Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs should also be cutting ties with the following players in the next two months. Check out who’s leaving in part one of this three-part installment.
Trading Nate Schierholtz last season at the deadline would have been a great move for the Cubs. At that point Schierholtz was having a surprisingly good season offensively and had a year and a half left on his contract and, no doubt, could have gotten a prospect or two in return. The Cubs could have traded him this past offseason and gotten something for him, as well. Six months ago, Nate Schierholtz was fresh off the best season of his career in which he hit .251 with 21 homeruns and 32 doubles. Schierholtz’s combination of strong defense and newfound power made him an attractive, low cost option for teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks, who were searching for outfield help. But Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer decided to hang on to Nate. As a result, moving the 30 year-old outfielder this summer for anything substantial will be a hard find. Schierholtz has had a very disappointing season thus far, hitting only .206 with one homerun. It is time to cut ties with Schierholtz, so the Cubs might as well get something for him rather than wait until his contract expires. It’s better to get something than nothing.
The Cubs signed Jose Veras to a one year, four million dollar deal (with an option for 2015) this past offseason with hopes that he would be able to solidify the back end of the bullpen. Unfortunately Veras got off to a horrendous start and was removed form the closer’s role by, manager, Rick Renteria after only one week. Since then Veras as been on and off the DL and has continued to put up mind-numbing stats. In just 11.1 innings this season Veras has posted a 9.53 ERA and a WHIP above two. The reason behind Veras’ struggles this season is his inconsistent and wild delivery, which has led to his arm problems as well as his inability to throw strikes consistently (he has 11 walks in 11.1 innings). Veras, like Schierholtz, won’t bring back much, but there is no doubt that the Cubs will try and move him to save some money and, hopefully, open up a spot in the ‘pen for Arodys Vizcaino.Tags: Arodys Vizcaino, Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Jeff Samardzija, Jose Veras, MLB