The Chicago Cubs proved on Friday that they are not waiting until the trade deadline; they are in sell mode right now. Friday’s big trade that send Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Dan Strailey and the A’s top two prospects has fans wondering who might be the next player(s) to be shipped out. Let’s take a look at the most likely candidates.
At this time last year Nate Schierholtz was one of the better second-tier outfielders available. That is not the case this year. In 76 games Schierholtz is hitting just .212 with only five home runs. The market for Nate Schierholtz isn’t completely gone but it is significantly less lucrative that it was a year ago. But Schierholtz has an expiring contact and will most likely not be returning to Chicago next season so look for the Cubs’ to try and move him before the deadline.
Darwin Barney had a decent chance of staying with the Cubs but the addition of Addison Russell has changed things. The Cubs now have another top prospect fighting for a spot in an already overcrowded infield and there is simply no place left for Darwin Barney. In addition, Barney’s value has done nothing but drop the past two years and if they wait much longer the market for him may disappear all together. Expect Barney to be on his way out in the next few weeks.
Carlos Villanueva has yet to be mentioned by name as a possible trade chip but keep him in the back of your mind as we inch closer to the trade deadline. The Cubs have already made it known that all of their starters are fair game and Villanueva makes more sense than anyone else. Carlos Villanueva has been absolutely awful for the Cubs in 2014 and he still has significant money left owed to him this year. However, he is peaking at the right time. In his last ten outings Villanueva 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA. There is no question that if the Cubs choose to shop him someone will take a chance on him.Baseball, Carlos Villanueva, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Dan Strailey, Darwin Barney, Jason Hammel, Jeff Samardzija, MLB, Nate Schierholtz, Oakland Athletics, trade deadline