The Chicago Cubs could draw more headlines for which players they might deal away at the 2013 trade deadline than whomever they might acquire.
The season to come will be the second year of team president Theo Epstein's rebuilding project on the North Side of Chicago. As a result, outfielder Alfonso Soriano and pitcher Matt Garza could both be traded to playoff contenders looking for some middle-of-the-lineup power or an upper-rotation starter.
But the Cubs will obviously be looking to improve and perhaps have designs on not finishing last in the NL Central this year, now that the Houston Astros have moved to the American League.
While Epstein likely won't make any bold, splashy moves at the trade deadline—if he makes a deal—there could be some recognizable names that he pursues to make his team better in the short term. Yet the Cubs will surely also have an eye on the future.
Here are five players who the Cubs could end up looking at later in the year, almost all of whom would provide immediate help while also giving the team something to build with in the seasons to come.