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Chicago Cubs Trade Scenarios: 4 Ideal Trades for Theo Epstein & Co.
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Alfonso Soriano's days appear to be numbered in Chicago.

It just got worse for the Cubs in 2012. Things were supposed to be different coming off of a 71-91 season under manager Mike Quade, but Dale Sveum couldn't do much better in leading the team to a 61-101 mark and leaving the future of the team in more chaos than before.

The Cubs are an interesting mix of youth, castaways, talent and aging veterans. It all adds up to an organization that is in need of a rebuilding effort in the highest order.

It starts with trades. The Cubs have a few bloated contracts and ineffective former stars who still have gas in the tank. There are options across the board—all that remains is for Theo Epstein to make the right moves to send the organization in the right direction.

The winter meetings are upon us, and baseball's offseason is officially ready to get more interesting. Cubs fans are waiting with bated breath to see what Epstein decides to do, because they want nothing more than a step in the right direction toward that elusive third World Series title.

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