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MLB Trade Deadline: Starlin Castro and 6 Others the Chicago Cubs Shouldn't Move

Daniel MorrillCorrespondent IJune 16, 2011

MLB Trade Deadline: Starlin Castro and 6 Others the Chicago Cubs Shouldn't Move

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    Starlin Castro is a part of the Cubs long term plan.
    Starlin Castro is a part of the Cubs long term plan.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    While the trade deadline is still a ways away, if the Chicago Cubs season keeps heading in the same direction, the team will eventually have a fire sale.

    The Cubs need to begin rebuilding with prospects as they wait for big contracts to slowly come off the books.

    The Cubs have more than a few players that could help out contending teams, but there are seven current Cubbies that should keep wearing the red and blue through at least the end of this season.

7: Jeff Baker

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 13: Jeff Baker #28 of the Chicago Cubs hits the ball against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on May 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Cubs defeated the Giants 11-4.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Baker has shown tremendous improvements at the plate this season.  While he still struggles against right-handers, Baker is hitting .500 (23-46) this year against southpaws.  His ability to play anywhere on the infield and also play outfield make him an intriguing utility man for contending teams.

    But the Cubs should hold onto Baker, as he could eventually blossom into an everyday utility man.  As he continues to improve against right-handed pitchers, Baker could work his way around the field each week, giving everyday players a day off and essentially playing everyday himself.  He’s also a great pinch-hitting option of the bench for future years.

6: Kerry Wood

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 29: Kerry Wood #34 of the Chicago Cubs delivers the ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on May 29, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Pirates 3-2.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Let’s be honest, Kerry Wood isn’t a part of the Cubs future.  The injuries are piling up and, in a few years, he will cease to be effective out of the bullpen.

    With that being said, the Cubs shouldn’t trade Wood at the deadline this year, even though teams will likely ask if he is healthy.  Though he has played for a few other teams the past few years, Wood will always be a Cub and a fan favorite. 

    He’s given his arm and his career to the Cubs organization, and it would be a disservice to the veteran for the Cubs to deal him after he took less money to come back to the Cubs this offseason.

    In a day and age where loyalty is almost obsolete, the Cubs should respect one of the players who has given his undying loyalty to the organization and keep him in house.

5: Sean Marshall

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 29:  Sean Marshall #45 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on May 29, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Pirates 3-2.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Marshall is one of the best homegrown pitchers in recent memory.  Left handed relievers that get out right handed hitters as well as Marshall does don’t come around very often.

    While many teams will likely inquire about the 28-year-old, Marshall is still under contract through next year and can be a big part of the Cubs long term plans in the bullpen.

4: Darwin Barney

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    PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 12: Second baseman Darwin Barney #15 of the Chicago Cubs throws to first base during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 12, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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    Barney is a candidate for rookie of the year.  Solid defensively, some have speculated that he and Starlin Castro should swap positions.

    The second baseman has a ton of potential and continues to improve on offense and pick up big hits, and should be considered untouchable this trade deadline.

3: Matt Garza

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    PHILADELPHIA , PA - JUNE 11:  Matt Garza #17 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 11, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)
    Len Redkoles/Getty Images

    The Cubs didn’t trade for Garza just to help them this year, he is a long term investment.  The right hander’s true value is in the playoffs and was acquired to be the big game pitcher that Chicago has lacked in recent years.

    The Cubs gave up far too much for Garza to trade him yet.  While he will probably never be a No. 1 starter, Garza still has tremendous value in Chicago going forward. 

2: Carlos Marmol

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    CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 13: Carlos Marmol # 49 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 13, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 1-0.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
    David Banks/Getty Images

    Teams are definitely going to ask, the Cubs didn’t sign Marmol through 2014 to trade him away.

    The devastating right hander will be closing out games for the Cubs for a while.

1: Starlin Castro

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    CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 13: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 13, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 1-0.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
    David Banks/Getty Images

    He’s not going anywhere.

    In just his second year in the league, Castro is one of the budding offensive players in major league baseball.  His defense needs work, but he will continue to improve over time.  The Cubs will look for Castro and Darwin Barney to mature together, much like Shawn Dunston and Ryne Sandberg did.

    Castro is young, exciting and marketable.  He will be manning shortstop at Wrigley Field for years to come.

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