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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5 Cubs who won't survive the trade deadline - #2: Cody Bellinger

If only we knew of a team looking for a dynamic offensive talent to build around long-term... well, since none come to mind, the Cubs might as well trade Cody Bellinger, who's in the midst of a major bounceback campaign in his first year with the team.

Since coming back from a knee injury, Bellinger has been on a tear - even hitting three home runs in two days over the weekend - and is up to .301/.358/.524 on the season. He's only topped his OPS twice in his career: when he won NL Rookie of the Year and then when he won National League MVP.

Capable of playing center or first, as well as DH and a potent left-handed bat, Bellinger is going to have teams lining up around the block for his services ahead of Aug. 1. Numerous clubs have already reportedly expressed interest in the two-time All-Star and Gold Glover. And that list will only grow longer as the deadline nears.

For all of you who are upset about the Cubs not talking about an extension with Stroman, you should be even more upset Hoyer isn't trying to work something out with Bellinger because he's going to be the biggest offensive commodity on the market this winter not named Shohei Ohtani.