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07:07 AM ET 07.11 | Just as the time comes when the team could be selling, the Cubs went out and started winning. [Winning five straight before Wednesday] probably won't stop them from making more moves this month. Pitcher Matt Garza is likely headed out, while Kevin Gregg and Alfonso Soriano could be, as well. Those players are big reasons the Cubs are winning -- which might expedite their departure. That's because it's going to take more than a short winning streak for the Cubs to get back into the playoff race. "Even though we're playing really well there has to be that streak of wins to climb back into something," manager Dale Sveum said before Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. "Especially when you have three to four teams to climb over."

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July 11, 2013  07:29 AM ET

The Cubs have a better record than the defending World Champion Giants... Let that one marinate for a few.

July 11, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Keep shedding dead weight and stocking the farm Theo and Jed. Gregg has been a pleasant (and shocking) surprise - but it's definitely time to sell high.

July 11, 2013  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Cubs have a better record than the defending World Champion Giants... Let that one marinate for a few.

Last night wasn't pretty though.

July 11, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Last night wasn't pretty though.

Cubby Baseball!! Second half they'll finish 15 below .500

July 11, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Cubs have a better record than the defending World Champion Giants... Let that one marinate for a few.

The Giants have been awful.

July 11, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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The Giants have been awful.

Honestly, they weren't making a whole lot of noise this time last year... I wouldn't write them off just yet, especially with the wild card slots.

July 11, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Cubby Baseball!! Second half they'll finish 15 below .500

And they'll probably consider that a building block season.

July 11, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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Cubby Baseball!! Second half they'll finish 15 below .500

It doesn't help that they are trading away talent that they currently have, including two productive starting pitchers. They will continue this trend and flip for prospects probably for the next two seasons, until they fulfill their final vision of whatever they are trying to accomplish.
I can't remember what it was.

July 11, 2013  10:42 AM ET
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It doesn't help that they are trading away talent that they currently have, including two productive starting pitchers. They will continue this trend and flip for prospects probably for the next two seasons, until they fulfill their final vision of whatever they are trying to accomplish.I can't remember what it was.

I think they'd like to build their way back to mediocrity once again.

July 11, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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The Giants have been awful.

Yes they have... Go Dodgers!

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July 11, 2013  12:26 PM ET

I really don't think any GM will be dumb enough to give even a prospect for Soriano. He is an extremely streaky batter. He has padded his numbers, lately, by playing in Wrigley with the wind blowing out. Two thirds of his homers have been in Wrigley. In Wrigley, his BA, OBP, SLG, and OPS are +.26, .38, +.151 and +.190, respectively. And does anyone really believe his listed age of 37 years old?

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July 11, 2013  01:40 PM ET

Chicago is a Great Place to Live, nobody wants to leave!!!

July 11, 2013  05:57 PM ET
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You are wrong.A team that needs a hitter will gladly give up a lower level prospect or two.

So what's taking so long? Are Theo and Jed waiting for Soriasno's value to decrease?

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July 11, 2013  06:59 PM ET

Seriously - the Manager of a team that is nine games below .500, 15 games out of first in their division used the word "playoffs?" The primary goal of the Cubs is to avoid losing 90 or more games. I am sure Theo and Jed will build the same sort of teams they did in Boston and San Diego...LMAO!

July 11, 2013  10:51 PM ET
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Chicago is a Great Place to Live, nobody wants to leave!!!

living the dream

July 12, 2013  12:53 AM ET

No offense to anyone, but how many years now has it been "Soriano maybe next"???

 
July 12, 2013  01:58 AM ET
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Uh...he has a no trade clause in his contract.

And it would become common knowledge if Soriano invoked it. Just when the Giants tried to acquire him.

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