As is usual, June is right around the corner and the post-season hopes of the Cubs are already down the drain.
Five games under .500 (23-28), seven-and-a-half games out of first place and seven games out of a wild card position have placed the Cubs solely in a seller's position.
Just two years after Tom Ricketts "saved" the Chicago Cubs organization from the hands of the fledgling Tribune Company, its time for Ricketts to display the baseball acumen he appeared to have when he spoke of obtaining “continued long term success...through superior scouting and player development."
If the Cubs are to put a continuous winner on the field, they will have to change the philosophy that has hankered them with so many bad, long-term deals.
With an eye on the future, continuous winning and responsible spending, here are five trades the Chicago Cubs should make.