The Chicago Cubs are going to have an epic fire sale in July. Here is a look at the guys I think are getting dealt and who is likely to be interested in them:
Geovany Soto - Not a lot of teams are looking for catchers. Soto would likely interest the Rays and Nationals. I think the Cubs would get a better deal from the Rays for Soto, as they need him more.
Bryan LaHair - With Bryan LaHair now playing RF, it helps his trade value as he can also handle 1B. He is one of the better lefty swingers likely to be available next month on the trade market. The Marlins, Pirates, Brewers and Dodgers are likely going to be the most interested parties. I like the idea of dealing LaHair to the Marlins for a nice minor league pitching prospect.
Darwin Barney - The Cubs are going to make 2B Darwin Barney available. Not a lot of teams need 2B, with the Tigers and Cardinals having the biggest need. I would think a deal with the Tigers would make perfect sense for both teams.
Jeff Baker - Righty swinging infielder Jeff Baker could garner some decent interest on the trading block. Baker would likely appeal to the Angels, Reds and Nationals. I think the Angels are the best fit for Baker.
Alfonso Soriano - The Cubs are going to have to be willing to eat a lot of Soriano’s contract to move him. They will likely be than willing to do that if they get a decent prospect back. The Orioles, Indians, Marlins, Pirates and Dodgers make the most sense. The Indians or Pirates are likely the teams where Soriano would fit best.
Reed Johnson - Righty swinging reserve outfielder Reed Johnson is going to pique some teams interest in the trade market. Johnson is going to appeal to the Yankees, Orioles, White Sox, Nationals and Reds. I think the Yankees would be the best fit for Johnson.
Matt Garza - Righty starting pitcher Matt Garza is the Cubs’ biggest trade chip by far. He will likely command at least two top notch prospects. The Yankees, Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians, Royals, Rangers and Braves will all likely be after him. The Rangers or Blue Jays have the biggest need and could likely offer a very nice package for Garza.
Ryan Dempster - Righty starting pitcher Ryan Dempster is going to get dealt as soon as he shows he’s healthy. The Yankees, Orioles, Red Sox, Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians, Royals, Rangers, Dodgers and Braves will all likely be after him. When the dust settles, I see the Dodgers offering the best package for Dempster.
Paul Maholm - Lefty starting pitcher Paul Maholm is going to generate some interest if he keeps pitching well. The Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Indians, Royals and Braves will all likely be interested. The Cubs will move him to the highest bidder, whoever that winds up being.
Carlos Marmol - The Cubs would probably love to move righty reliever (and current closer) Carlos Marmol in a deal. The Cubs might be able to get the Mets and Phillies interested in him. Don’t hold your breath.
Shawn Camp - The Cubs could likely extract a middling prospect from the Mets or Phillies for Camp.
The Cubs are only 27-49 so far this year, which already has them 15 games behind the Reds. This year is a lost cause, so they need to maximize the return for their available assets.