We have several spots "open" to the young kids. I think Schierholtz leaves with Samardzija in a trade package to open up a spot in the OF for Sweeney to see what he can do until Bryant comes up (assuming Olt mans 3B); that also clears $10M in payroll. Valbuena and Murphy are veteran guys that can platoon at 2B, so bye, bye Darwin Barney; clears up $2.1M in payroll. Carlos Villanueva's excellent job in the starter/swing man role last year could really help a team like the Rockies, so we should cash in on that, especially since they just acquired "lottery ticket" Brett Anderson from Oakland and now have a hole in the pen. The Rockies are high on Blackmon and just got Barnes, so I think we should target Corey Dickerson. People on BN know that I've campaigned for this guy before. He'll provide decent defense in a corner spot with a lot of lefty pop in his bat. Moving Villanueva clears up another $5M in payroll.
Let's be honest, Samardzija will net us a return of a #3 starter on a bad team or a potential ToR guy still in the minors on a good team, so the impact on the club will not be immediate (2014). OF Corey Dickerson, SP Eddie Butler, SP Tyler Anderson, and C Tom Murphy would be a good return for Samardzija and Villanueva. (de la Rosa will be a free agent next year, so Samardzija fits and then Jonathan Gray will join the rotation later on in 2015).
Russell for Storen straight up could also work for both teams, especially if the Cubs are high on Rosscup.