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08:09 AM ET 02.28 | Is it too early to start thinking about July? The Cubs were active at last year's Trade Deadline, dealing Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Geovany Soto and Reed Johnson. The emphasis was on the future, especially because the team was 43-59 on July 31. Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, said they may do the same this year if they struggle. Cubs manager Dale Sveum is prepared. "That's part of the business," Sveum said. "If your team is out of it, to start building and getting a healthier organization, unfortunately or fortunately, that's part of the business. Hopefully, we don't have to worry about that. Hopefully, we're buying people."

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February 28, 2013  08:55 AM ET

More great news for Cubs fans on the last day of February management is already talking about unloading players at the trade deadline and the first pitch of the season hasn't even been made, and no one has said wait until next year yet.

February 28, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Cubs prepared for the cellar ... again

Fixed.

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February 28, 2013  09:20 AM ET

They were never expecting to contend this year in the second year of their rebuilding anyway. Of course they are going to be trading away some players at the deadline. They certainly are not going to be loading up on players to make a run for it

February 28, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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Cubs prepared for the cellar ... againFixed.

Yeah, because the Astros won't be there to battle them for the cellar.

February 28, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Oh you can bet the Pirates sure will

February 28, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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Oh you can bet the Pirates sure will

The Pirates have gotten into the mode where they play very well for 3-4 months, then just tankn in August and September.

February 28, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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The Pirates have gotten into the mode where they play very well for 3-4 months, then just tankn in August and September.

I still say the Pirates are the best bet for last place. not that it makes the Cubs look any better.

February 28, 2013  12:02 PM ET
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I still say the Pirates are the best bet for last place. not that it makes the Cubs look any better.

Care to make a friendly wager? About time my Cubbies won me something...

February 28, 2013  12:22 PM ET
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Care to make a friendly wager? About time my Cubbies won me something...

Won you something? You mean fourth place? That's hardly a wager. But, yeah. I'll bet you my old "It's gonna happen" shirt.

February 28, 2013  01:17 PM ET

I got a Soriano T-shirt jersey with the sleeves cut off just calling your name.

February 28, 2013  03:02 PM ET
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Yeah, because the Astros won't be there to battle them for the cellar.

Nice jean shorts!

February 28, 2013  04:14 PM ET
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Nice jean shorts!

I have no idea what that means.

February 28, 2013  04:22 PM ET

wiseup: The Cubs don't have much to sell. Soriano ,Castro Barney Rizzo, and a couple of pitchers

February 28, 2013  04:25 PM ET

wiseup: Did Epstein say seller or cellar?

February 28, 2013  06:07 PM ET
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I have no idea what that means.

Eleven, that's the slug that seems to think that a reference to "jean shorts" is an insult to Cardinal fans, when it's just a tribute to his ignorance

February 28, 2013  08:25 PM ET

Wiseup... you don't know how baseball works. The Cubs have plenty to sell. It's just not going to net us anything from the top of any organizational charts. Basically, everyone except Rizzo, Castro and Samardjzia is fair game to trade away at the deadline.

February 28, 2013  09:05 PM ET
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wiseup: Did Epstein say seller or cellar?

Dumbdown: It's a pun

February 28, 2013  10:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Wiseup... you don't know how baseball works. The Cubs have plenty to sell. It's just not going to net us anything from the top of any organizational charts. Basically, everyone except Rizzo, Castro and Samardjzia is fair game to trade away at the deadline.

I'd add Soler to that list.

 
March 1, 2013  06:49 AM ET

Some Day, they will have a winning team!!!

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