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Chicago Cubs Trade Rumors 2011: Randy Wells Reportedly A Trade Candidate, Prince Fielder Being Courted

The Chicago Cubs may be willing to trade more than just Matt Garza this offseason. According Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports, the Cubs have reportedly made RHP Randy Wells available for trade. Wells, who turns 30 next August, had a down year for the Cubs, pitching 135 and 1/3 innings while sporting a much-worse-than-average 4.99 ERA and 5.11 FIP.

In 2009 and 2010, the Cubs received fairly strong production from Wells, as he pitched over 350 innings of 3.70 ERA, 3.91 FIP ball. Wells, who is under team control for several more years, could be an inexpensive starter for many teams in the league willing to bet that he can get past his 2011 struggles.

Morosi also reports that the Cubs appear to be one at least four teams bidding on first base slugger Prince Fielder. The Cubs may have an opening at first base following the recent announcement that Carlos Pena expects to decline arbitration and seek a multi-year contract.

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