MLB Trade Deadline: Why the Chicago Cubs Haven't Moved Anyone Major Yet
The Chicago Cubs and their fans would love to trade almost everyone on their roster before the trade deadline ends.
The Cubs are having a terrible year, and it is clear that the team needs to enter a rebuilding process.
That rebuilding process should start with moving the oldest, highest-paid players to contending teams and getting quality prospects in return.
But because the Cubs have been so poorly managed that they appear to be awful, no one even wants their best players.
The Cubs would have liked to move more players than they have, and this list will explain why they haven't been able to.
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Most of the players on the current Chicago Cubs roster are overpaid and were overpaid when they first signed their deals.
A few of them were overpaid because that's what the market demanded and it was the only way to land the player.
The Cubs have the sixth-highest payroll and the third-worst record in baseball.
This means that the Cubs are paying a lot of money to players who do not deserve it.
The major trade chips this team has—Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Zambrano, Aramis Ramirez, and even Ryan Dempster—are all overpaid, thus making them really difficult to move.
Even if the Cubs are willing to pay for most of their contracts, teams still don't want the players for other reasons as well.
Mental Make Up of Players
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Another reason this Chicago Cubs team has been so unsuccessful even with such a high payroll is team chemistry.
Getting rid of players like Mark DeRosa, Derrick Lee, Ryan Theriot, and others from previous playoff runs got rid of the balance between leaders of the team and "flaky" players.
Carlos Zambrano, Aramis Ramirez, and Alfonso Soriano all have poor aspects concerning the way they play.
Whether it is the player's being a headcase or the player's passion for the game being questioned, teams looking to improve at the deadline stay away from the Cubs.
The Cubs have a bunch of players who are overpaid, have bad mental makeups, and don't produce very much.
A recipe for disaster.
The Cubs' Scouting of Their Own Players
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While the Chicago Cubs fans may love the idea of trading away almost the entire roster, Cubs management may have other ideas.
The Cubs are either asking too much or holding on to the wrong players in trades that they could make, and it is hurting the team.
Chicago management needs to realize that, even with a few upgrades, this team is not going to compete and they are in need of a massive roster overhaul.
Without this realization the Cubs will take even longer to become contenders and even longer to break the curse.