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GM Hoyer: ``We Don't Want To Always Be Sellers''

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The Cubs will be one of the teams getting the most calls in the next two weeks from contending teams looking for pitching help before the trade deadline.
But Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said being ``sellers'' at the trade deadline isn't what the team wants long term.
``I don't think there's ever a good year [to be a seller],'' he said Saturday. ``There are ways to improve the organization long term [through trades], but it also means your record isn't very good, and you're giving up good players. You don't want to be in that position very often.
`Yes, you can make improvements, but there's a reason teams are calling you.''
The trade focus is most great on pitcher Ryan Dempster, who starts Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. But pitchers Matt Garza and left-hander Paul Maholm, who has pitched well of late, also could be on other teams' radars. The addition of an extra wild card in the playoff mix also will fuel more trade interest from teams with a chance to get the added post-season berth.
The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31.

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