It is no secret that Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer are trying to rebuild the Cubs organization from top to bottom.
With last week's draft, the Cubs selected highly touted high school outfield prospect, Albert Almora. In addition, the Cubs selected 22 pitchers in 42 selections, including a stretch of seven pitchers taken in a row. Epstein and Hoyer have made it known that pitching is the biggest need for this organization.
With a last place record and a group of valuable assets, the Cubs will likely be one of the league's biggest sellers.
The inclusion of an additional playoff team in each league will give teams like the Cubs better options when trying to move players.
With so many teams still in the playoff hunt, the Cubs will not only find more buyers, but they will likely be able to pit some teams against one another in a bidding war. Players like Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza, Shawn Camp, Bryan LaHair, and Alfonso Soriano are likely trade candidates who will give the Cubs plenty of teams calling for their services.
Here is my list of four possible trading partners for the Cubs before the July 31st trade deadline.