(WSCR) Over the past few weeks, conversations about the Chicago Cubs have been more about trades and becoming competitive for future than they have been about this season. And that’s not something the team is surprised to see.

“We have a veteran team,” outfielder Marlon Byrd said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “We have a lot of guys that have been around, and we know it’s a business. And this time of year, if the team isn’t doing well, you have a big payroll [and] a lot of guys in the last year of their contract, you know, those are guys who are, you know, a possibility for a trade.

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“It’s just one of those things where we’re just so used to it. This is my ninth year in the big leagues. … My first year, you know, if you got traded or released, you know, it shocks you a little bit. But now it’s just a part of the business. … And Jim Hendry has to do anything possible to make this organization better from this point into the future. And if that’s going out and making the right trades to bring in some prospects for the future, you know, that’s what he’s going to do.”