I recently posed the question, if the Cubs were to deal Jeff Samardzija, would they be effectively moving the timeline back for competing?
The answer I have gotten unequivocally is yes. Any trade of a player who was previously viewed as part of the core would be taking a step back. In addition to that, everything I have heard recently leads me to believe the Cubs now view 2016 (as opposed to previous guesses of 2014 or '15) as a year they can actually make some hay.
Sure, things can still accelerate, but the plan seems to have moved back a bit with the Wrigley rehab still tied up in red tape.
With that premise in mind, players like Nate Scheirholtz and Edwin Jackson could be on the table at the upcoming winter meetings. The Cubs are still in search for young pitching and that is what they require in any deal for the aforementioned players.
I'm told that in the case the Cubs can strike big for a young upper echelon arm and they have to kick in a prospect, the names that would likely go would be Dan Vogelbach or even Jorge Soler. I hear among the teams that have already expressed interest in Vogelbach include the Rays, Marlins, Brewers, Yankees, and Rockies.
I'm sure the front office is in no hurry to deal any prospects. Yet, some opportunities may present themselves at the meetings for the Cubs to make multiple impact moves.
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