Cubs trade Brent Lillibridge, Hisanori Takahashi and other notes

Yesterday the Cubs traded Brent Lillibridge to the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash. Lillibridge had only 24 PA for the Cubs before being sent to the minors. He managed a .042/.042/.042 batting line and provided -0.5 fWAR. The city of Des Moines is thankful the Cubs have traded him.

The Cubs also traded Hisanori Takahashi to the Rockies for a player to be named later. The city of Des Moines isn't thankful Takahashi is gone, but they aren't disappointed either.

If you were paying attention this past offseason, the Cubs all but officially announced they were ready to be sellers. I'm not sure how it's really news at this point, but apparently it's still newsworthy.

The Cubs are 13 games below .500 and 17 games out of first place in the National League Central as of this morning, so their stance is a clear one. Nate Schierholtz, Kevin Gregg, Scott Feldman, David DeJesus (when healthy), Alfonso Soriano, James Russell and Matt Garza are the names that figure to be on the trading block as the Cubs field calls, writes Olney. His piece also includes much more info on potential matches for the Cubs and which divisions may be the first to become active on the trade front.

I'm sorry, but Kevin Gregg is not really a notable trade piece. The Cubs got him for nothing and will get nothing in return for him.

However, the Cubs might actually get something useful out of Feldman and Garza.

The Cubs have signed 7 of their top 10 round picks so far. The Cubs are likely to sign first round pick Kris Bryant under slot, though they could go over by a little without penalty.