With the 2013 MLB trade deadline fast approaching Wednesday, MLB general managers have been on their phones more than a 13-year-old girl at the mall. Many trades have already been made, including two large deals by the Chicago Cubs. The North Siders sent left fielder Alfonso Soriano back to the New York Yankees and shipped ace Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers.
Although no player is irreplaceable on a rebuilding team such as the Cubs, some players have more value for the future than others. Guys like Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro have been mentioned as the "core of the future," although even they could be sent packing come Wednesday.
Here we look at the top three prospects the Cubs should not get rid of.