5 Cubs players who won't survive the trade deadline

The Chicago Cubs need a miracle to avoid selling for a third straight year - and there could be some big names traded ahead of the Aug. 1 trade deadline.
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This is it. The Chicago Cubs, if nothing else, control their own fate. On the heels of a thrashing on Sunday against the Red Sox, the club has two series spanning seven games left on this home stand. Play well, and potentially avoid selling again. Play poorly or tread water and get ready for another trade deadline filled with saying 'goodbye' on the North Side.

Only a handful of guys would be safe in such a scenario: Miguel Amaya, Nico Hoerner, Justin Steele, Dansby Swanson and Ian Happ. Others, like outfielder Seiya Suzuki, probably aren't going anywhere, but it's not because the Cubs wouldn't be willing to listen to offers.

So let's just do this thing. Here are 5 guys whose days calling Wrigleyville home could be numbered.

5 Cubs who won't survive the trade deadline - #5: Marcus Stroman

Let's get the most obvious one out of the way first. With multiple teams, including the Astros, Rays and Jays interested in Marcus Stroman, it doesn't look like Jed Hoyer will struggle to find interest in the veteran right-hander.

Stroman twirled a gem in his latest start this weekend and leads all MLB starters in quality starts. His passion, energy and love of the game contributes to a value that far exceeds what you see in the box score every five days. Despite repeating his desire to stay with Chicago, the two sides aren't engaged in extension talks and, barring a lengthy winning streak this week, the All-Star is likely ticketed for another change of scenery.