I have a feeling that by the time this 2014 draft comes, and any sell-off that might take place, Chicago is going to have a lot of spare parts that could be moved. I found list of "blocked" prospects and think it's worth discussing. Also of note Chicago has some IFA Pool money that could be traded as well.
J.R. Murphy C -NY Yankees
Currently blocked by McCann, Sanchez, Cervelli and Romine to an extent. He's athletic and only 22, he does bat right handed so not a real platoon option with Castillo but it would be a depth in a spot where we need it. "He produced a .773 OPS in 108 games split between Double-A and Triple-A, and later made his MLB debut"-Hulet
I see this as a fit because the Yankees need youth and the Cubs have a lot. Maybe we can move Bonifacio, or a reliever and some IFA pool money?
Devon Travis 2B(OF maybe) - Detroit Tigers
The Tigers have moved prospects for ML guys before. If anyone of Schierholtz, Kalish, Ruggiano get hot for an extended amount of time then possibly they could be interested. They lost Andy Dirks and are relying on ageless Torii Hunter and this kid is blocked by Kinsler. Could see them needing relief as well so we match up a bit. Travis is a college guy that can put up double digit home runs, steals and walk percentage with a low K percentage. He's interesting and if the cost is a 4th OFer then I don't see why not.
Jacob DeGrom SP Mets
Former TJ Recovery and 25 I think. Sits 91-94 can touch 96 and just started throwing a curveball as his main off speed pitch. He's not a real game changer but the FO seems to like guys with good fastballs and maybe a different coaching staff can coax a little more out of this guy. He's at AAA and the cost wouldn't be too outrageous. Maybe the Mets take Barney, a reliever, or some pool money.
I think the situation could also reverse itself where we are in the position to trade our blocked guys.
We could move: Hendricks, Jokisch, Beeler, Parker, Ramirez, Rosscup, Vitters, Sczcur, etc. IF the team is performing at a high enough level if not then I see us moving....
Hammel, Schierholtz, Veras, Barney, Bonifacio, Ruggiano, Kalish, Wright/ Russell