It's a well worn tale.
The Chicago Cubs are off to a shaky start.
After spending big money over the winter on Carlos Pena and trading for Matt Garza, the Cubbies thought they had improved themselves in the National League Central.
Milwaukee, however, did some improving of their own in picking up Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke.
Before we know it, it'll be June and the Cubs will be out of the pennant race. Jim Hendry will have to decide how to cut payroll so that next year he can sign a new batch of stiffs.
Here are four ways the Cubs can cut payroll at the trade deadline.