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Chicago Cubs: With Cubs as buyers, several players are attractive bait

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May 9, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) is unable to bring in a fly ball by Colorado Rockies catcher Ryan Hanigan (not pictured) allowing three runs to score in the third inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
May 9, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) is unable to bring in a fly ball by Colorado Rockies catcher Ryan Hanigan (not pictured) allowing three runs to score in the third inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 5, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) runs the bases after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Cubs are nearly a complete team, but will be looking to upgrade a few spots before August. Good thing they possess impressive options for other teams.

The fun is back! Over the past 10 days, the Chicago Cubs showed signs of life and enjoyment of the game. Players like Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo are hitting with more confidence. Jon Lester threw a ” Greg Maddux” game (meaning a complete game with less than 100 pitches). And the bullpen just keeps dancing.

There are still some holes to fill, spots that need to be addressed. Questions remain on what lineup is best or who plays regularly in the outfield. Is the starting rotation strong enough to propel the team to the top?

The talent accumulated by Theo Epstein and company continues to pile up. A good problem to have, but a problem all the same. The outfield is overloaded with players that need and deserve playing time. The presence of Albert Almora Jr and Ian Happ is causing a conundrum for the front office. As is the performance of prospects in the minors.

It is a novel time to pose the question: Which of the non-untouchable players are the Chicago Cubs are on the trading block? Teams will call, but what five players are the best bait?

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