Jul 30, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs right fielder Nate Schierholtz (19) signs autographs before the game between the Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Deadline 2013: Chicago Cubs Plan To Be Aggressive

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The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is today. Coming into today, the Chicago Cubs have been the most active team in trades over the course of this past month.

In the past month, the Cubs have traded outfielders Scott Hairston and Alfonso Soriano, starting pitchers Matt Garza and Scott Feldman, and catcher Steve Clevenger.

Even though the Cubs have already made a bulk of their trades, that does not mean that the team does not plan to be active on the day of the deadline.

To the contrary, the Cubs plan to be aggressive in the hours leading up to 3 p.m.

Perhaps the biggest trade chip that the Cubs have remaining is outfielder Nate Schierholtz. Schierholtz is hitting .272/.332/.517/.850 to go along with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs.

The Cubs don’t necessarily have to trade Schierholtz, though it’s likely that the Pittsburgh Pirates are motivated enough to meet the Cubs asking price.

Beyond Schierholtz, two Cubs that may get trade before day’s end are relievers Kevin Gregg and James Russell.

The Cubs nearly traded Russell to the Atlanta Braves last week, meaning the team is more inclined to trade the left-hander than initially thought.

As for Gregg, the Cubs’ closer has been a pleasant surprise for the team’s front office. The latest talk on Gregg has the closer being packaged with Schierholtz in a trade that would send the two to Pittsburgh.

There is always the chance that the Cubs will make a surprise trade of a player that no one saw coming. Among those players could be outfielder David DeJesus and/or second baseman Darwin Barney.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs Darwin Barney David Dejesus James Russell Kevin Gregg Nate Schierholtz

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