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July trade for Cliff Lee?

My prediction for the opening day 25-man roster:

Starting pitchers Samardzija, Wood, Edwin Jackson, Hammel and McDonald. Disabled list - Arrieta.

Relief pitchers Veras, Strop, Russell, Parker, Wright, Cabrera and Carlos Villanueva. Disabled list - Fujikawa.

Catchers Castillo and Kottaras.

Infielders Castro, Barney, Valbuena, Rizzo, Olt and Murphy.

Outfielders Ruggiano, Schierholtz, Sweeney, Lake and Vitters.

McDonald gets traded for a prospect in May to make room for Arrieta. Carlos Villanueva gets traded for a prospect in June to make room for Fujikawa.

The Cubs are about 50-45 at the All-Star break, while the Phillies are about 40-55. The Cubs trade Castro, Barney, Valbuena, Arrieta, Cabrera, Grimm, Rondon, Neil Ramirez and Dallas Beeler to the Phillies for Cliff Lee. Murphy, Ruggiano, Schierholtz, Sweeney, Hammel, Veras, Wright and Fujikawa also get traded in July, for more prospects. Baez, Alcantara, Logan Watkins, Christian Villanueva, Matt Szczur, Brett Jackson, Rubi Silva, Kyle Hendricks, Brian Schlitter, Arodys Vizcaino, Zac Rosscup and Chris Rusin are all promoted from Iowa.

My prediction for the 25-man roster on August 1st:

Starting pitchers Lee, Samardzija, Wood, Hendricks and Edwin Jackson.

Relief pitchers Strop, Russell, Parker, Rosscup, Schlitter, Rusin and Vizcaino.

Catchers Castillo and Kottaras.

Infielders Rizzo, Olt, Baez, Alcantara, Watkins and Christian Villanueva.

Outfielders Lake, Vitters, Szczur, Brett Jackson and Silva.

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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