While I am as guilty as others about occasionally posting wild trade ideas, I thought this alternate format might be a helpful way to discuss our ideas for next year. My claim is that the Cubs will probably deal one of their 10 most valuable trade candidates this Winter.
The basic idea is to rank the trade value of the current players under Cubs control. An EXACT ranking is probably futile, so I'll start with a four-tier division. I'm leaving off any minor leaguers who haven't appeared in Chicago yet. You can discuss them, too, if you like.
This isn't who you WANT to trade, or who you THINK will be traded, just an estimate of which players would bring the most in return. Talent, health, cost, years under control would all matter. Please critique and offer your own rankings.
1. Most Valuable
Marmol, Soto, Lilly, Harden, Marshall
2. Somewhat Valuable
Zambrano, DeRosa, Theriot, Fontenot, Pie, Gaudin
3. Least Valuable
Fukudome, Cedeno, Cotts, Marquis, Blanco, Johnson, Wells, Hill
4. Minor Prospects
Hoffpauir, Wuertz, Ascanio, Hart, Guzman
No trade clause: Lee, Soriano, Ramirez, Samardzija