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To Trade or Not To Trade???

OK, it's been a week now, so I'm putting the wood into the Hot Stove and grabbing the matches.

The Cubs definitely need a power-hitting RF or CF, and possibly an upgrade at SS.  A #2 starter would allow Lilly, Hill, and Marquis to move down a notch.

However, we all know that the Free Agent market stinks other than A-Rod, who won't be coming here.  So... that means that this winter will be a busy trading season; it also means that the Cubs will have to give up something to fill their holes.

Below are most of the guys on the 40 man roster, divided into "tradability" categories.  I invite everyone to see what they can come up with to improve the Cubs for 2008.

Free Agents - can't be traded
Jason Kendall
Cliff Floyd (option)
Steve Trachsel (option)
Kerry Wood

Very Tradeable - good player, favorable contract
Ryan Dempster
Kevin Hart
Rich Hill
Bob Howry
Carlos Marmol
Sean Marshall
Geo Soto
Mark DeRosa - Yankees interested if A-Rod leaves

Tradeable
Scott Eyre
Ted Lilly
Jason Marquis - healthy innings-eaters always have value
Michael Wuertz
Daryle Ward
Jacque Jones - proven he can play CF
Matt Murton

Some Value - marginal players, good throw-ins
Neal Cotts
Will Ohman
Ronny Cedeno
Mike Fontenot
Ryan Theriot

Untradeable
Angel Guzman - health
Carlos Zambrano - NTC
Henry Blanco - health
Derrek Lee - NTC
Angel Pagan - health
Aramis Ramirez - NTC
Alfonso Soriano - NTC

Good Prospects - unproven
Sean Gallagher
Billy Petrick
Carmen Pignatiello
Jeff Samardzija
Jake Fox
Eric Patterson
Felix Pie

Who stays, who goes, and who comes in return?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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