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With Theo Epstein in charge on the north side, you can bet things are going to be changing around the friendly confines.
And with the Cubs sitting with the worst record in baseball—and 16.5 games off the NL Central lead through 66 games—that means it's time to sell.
It just so happens that Epstein has some of the most coveted pieces of trade bait on his hands.
Right-handed starters Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster are two capable pitchers who need to be pitching for playoff contenders.
Garza, a former Tampa Bay Ray, could end up back in the thick of the AL East playoff hunt or somewhere in the AL Central (even across town with the White Sox). The Cubs could receive some huge value in return for this proven stud hurler. However, there is still a chance Epstein could hold onto the 28-year-old and attempt to re-sign him for the future.
Dempster is more likely to be dealt before the deadline. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers are among the many teams in search of a starting pitcher to bolster their rotations.
There are a number of players that could be moved from Chicago this year, but it appears as though Epstein is looking to hold onto shortstop Starlin Castro.
According to Doug Padilla and Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, Epstein denied a USA Today report that said every Cub is on the trading block except pitcher Jeff Samardzija: "'Starlin Castro is the type of player we're looking to build around,' Epstein said Thursday. 'There has been no trade consideration with him, whatsoever.'"
The fact that he is looking to keep Castro is important, but from that quote, it appears that Epstein is looking for young talent to build around.
Look for the Cubs to shop a lot of their veteran players like Dempster and outfielder Alfonso Soriano (should there be any takers) in the coming weeks.