The talk of Cabrera, Brandon Wood and the like is nothing but a pipe dream. The Cubs don't have the players to get these guys. Here are some alternatives I'd like to see that might be available from teams in contention. I would concentrate on AA/AAA guys only. Any others?
Dustin McGowan/Toronto - A former high prospect. Has Toronto soured on him? A change of venue might be worth it as he won't get a chance with Toronto in contention.
Ryan Shealy/Colorado - Not sure about his defense but in Wrigley it might be ok. The guy can hit, maybe Colorado will let him go.
J Brent Cox/Yankees - I don't think Philip Hughes is available. Maybe they could get Cox instead. Maybe get Tyler Clippard in the deal and see if someone can turn him around.
Ben Johnson/SD - Unfortunately his recent hitting probably made him a little tougher to get. Not sure what SD might want either but I like Johnson.
Justin Orenduff or Greg Miller/LA - The Dodgers are really loaded so I'd take practically anything from them. Miller is intriguing if his injury problems are over.
Humberto Sanchez/Det - I don't think he is available but I'm listing him for those that think some of the Cubs pitchers are grade A prospects. Look at his AA/AAA numbers. Ryan Raburn might be an interesting prospect for 2B but I'm not too familiar with him.
Dustin Pedroia/Bos - Not sure what Boston's view of him is. Might be worth inquiring.
Ryan Sweeney/CWS - Had to list someone from the Sox but overall I'm not too high on anyone. Not sure they could get Josh Fields.