Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is currently the hottest power hitter in baseball. He won the NL Player of the Week award earlier this month and was named an NL All-Star, though he chose not to participate. He had hit 11 home runs over his last 21 games through Saturday. The Cubs, however, have managed to get even worse as Ramirez has gotten better, losing three out of four to Florida since the break to fall 20 games below .500.
Ramirez, like some other Cubs, has drawn interest from contending clubs around the league. Even in this post-glove stage of his career, Ramirez's bat has huge value at the third base and designated hitter positions for the Giants, the Diamondbacks, the Brewers, the Pirates (really? I'm writing that? Okay, yeah...), the Yankees and/or the Angels.
Ramirez, like many Cubs, may not be dealt, for reasons that shall be discussed forthwith. But the team absolutely cannot watch the next two weeks pass without making at least three moves to acquire young talent (especially pitching—the farm is growing a fine crop of position players, but injuries, trades and command issues have thinned the pitching harvest) and improve for the long-term.
No fewer than 10 Cubs could or should be on another roster by mid-August. Read on for a breakdown of the players and the level of return the Cubs can expect for each.