MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Latest Targets the Cubs Could Acquire at the Deadline

Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IJuly 16, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: 10 Latest Targets the Cubs Could Acquire at the Deadline

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    The Cubs are getting into sell-mode and are shopping everyone from Ryan Dempster to Darwin Barney. More than 10 teams are believed to be interested, and the Cubs are having a wholesale. 

    They will likely look to restock the system with a few impact bats and as many pitchers to fill a starting rotation at one level or another. From closers to starters to catchers, the Cubs will look to fully restock the entire organization. 

    Let's take a look who they could be targeting. 

10. Brett Marshall, New York Yankees

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    Brett Marshall is having a great year with the Tampa Yankees, posting a 10-3 record with a 3.00 ERA and 18 games. The Yankees are believed to have interest in Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza, and have the prospects to make a deal. 

    While their top prospects—Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances—have impressive resumes, their performances thus far in 2012 have disappointed. In a trade with the Yankees, it would take more than one of those to pitchers to make it happen. 

9. Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees

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    Yankees catching prospect Gary Sanchez is still very young but projects well long-term as an offensive catcher.

    He was promoted earlier this month to High-A and is struggling in 29 at-bats. He will likely finish the season with them. 

8. J.R. Graham, Atlanta Braves

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    Graham, 22, remains in High-A but is posting excellent numbers in 17 games this season. He owns a 9-1 record with a 2.63 ERA and 68 K to 17 BB. He also has a 1.02 WHIP and will likely join Double-A soon. 

    If the Cubs shop Matt Garza or Ryan Dempster to the Braves, this is just one of the prospects the Cubs should target. 

7. Bruce Rondon, Detroit Tigers

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    Rondon has rediscovered his command and has been dominating hitters all season long. He owns a 1.30 ERA in 33 games between High-A and Double-A. 

    He had a plus fastball that ranges in the upper-90s, and could be a future closer something the Cubs so desperately need. He is also someone the Tigers may be more willing to part with for a mid-season rental like Ryan Dempster.   

6. Ryan Lavarnway, Boston Red Sox

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    Lavarnway is having a great year in Triple-A Pawtucket but there is no room for him in Boston.

    He has unbelievable power but has only hit seven home runs this year. He is hitting .306 with a .395 OBP and has struck out 49 times to 39 walks, showing a good eye at the plate. 

    Lavarnway could come by way of trade for a pitcher like Garza, who the Red Sox have some interest in. 

5. Josh Lindblom, LA Dodgers

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    Josh Lindblom is proving to be a valuable reliever, and could be a piece to come over in a Dempster trade to help aid the bullpen. He owns a 2-2 record and a 3.07 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP and 35 K and 15 walks in 39 games. 

    The Dodgers may have low level prospects but Lindblom could be a pitcher to help the Cubs now instead of 2-3 years from now, if that. 

    Ethan Martin is another pitcher the Cubs could pursue. 

4. Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers

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    Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos, 20, is the Tigers top offensive prospect but may be heading to the north side in a trade for Ryan Dempster. Dempster has proven to be an ace this year and is shutting down opponents time after time. 

    It would certainly cost the Tigers a guy like Castellanos as the Cubs are looking for a long-term third baseman, despite having Josh Vitters raking in the minors. 

3. Anthony Gose, Blue Jays

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    The Cubs need a center fielder. The outfield is cluttered with average outfielders and it is because there are four corner outfielders trying to fill three spots. Gose is having a great season is stealing bases left and right.

    He would be the Cubs leadoff man and give them a nice 1-2-3 of Gose, Castro, and Rizzo. As of right now, Brett Jackson is two years away and Gose could come up this year and play.

    Jackson also has power to play right field if he and Gose find success, but if he can't get his strikeouts down, he won't play regularly.  

    The Blue Jays' interest in Garza may be waning as they are a game above .500 but nine games out of first place.

2. Wil Myers, Kansas City Royals

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    The Cubs are definitely in the market for a long-term impact bat but the Royals may not be willing to part with him for someone like Garza, especially if they will have to sign him long-term before they are really competing. 

    Myers is having a great year though, hitting a combined .330 with 28 home runs and a .406 OBP in 86 games this season. A converted catcher, something the Cubs so desperately need, but he finds himself in the outfield where the Cubs are currently very cluttered. 

    He is currently in Triple-A, but will likely see time in the majors before this season ends.  

1. Ryan Sweeney, Boston Red Sox

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    The Red Sox outfielder is having a decent year. He started very hot but has cooled recently, hitting just .279 with zero home runs and 14 RBIs in 55 games this season.

    The Red Sox are shopping Sweeney and the Cubs may be interested as he can play center field.

    He would be a piece in a trade for a guy like Garza or Dempster.