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It's July, so of course we're talking about Alfonso Soriano.
2013 record: 46-55
11.5 games back of NL playoff spot
Why the Chicago Cubs are sellers
A dysfunctional bullpen has continually undone solid performances from Chicago's starting rotation, costing the team a number of close games.
Scott Hairston and Alfonso Soriano began the summer in frustrating funks, and Starlin Castro still hasn't snapped out of his. Overall, the offense is undisciplined, resulting in one of the league's lowest on-base percentages.
The selling is already under way.
Trade activity so far
July 2: Traded Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Baltimore Orioles for Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop and cash.
July 2: Traded Carlos Marmol and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Matt Guerrier.
July 8: Traded Scott Hairston with a player to be named later and cash to the Washington Nationals for Ivan Pineyro and a player to be named later.
July 22: Traded Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers for Mike Olt, Justin Grimm, C.J. Edwards and a player to be named later.
July 26: Traded Alfonso Soriano and cash to the New York Yankees for Corey Black.
Notable trade chips
A month-long slump was deflating Nate Schierholtz's stats, but a monster series July 22-25 against the Arizona Diamondbacks—7-for-12, 2 HR, 7 RBI—reassured some of his suitors. He'll draw heavy interest as a weapon against right-handed pitching, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that the Cubs are "definitely listening" to offers for him.
Longtime backup backstop Dioner Navarro is posting gaudy offensive numbers in limited playing time. In a year where the catching market stinks, he could draw serious interest.
Relievers on the trade block include Kevin Gregg, a cheap rental with well-documented command issues, and James Russell, a lefty specialist who will be controllable through 2015.
The Cubs want to continue ripping apart the roster and move into the next stage of their rebuilding process.
They don't find a new home for Gregg, but Navarro, Russell and Schierholtz scatter across the league.