The team has been built with either players that have come through the Cubs' system or player that have been picked up off of the scrap heap. In both cases, these players have no trade link. Those on the current roster with no link include John Baker, Welington Castillo, Starlin Castro, Luis Valbuena, Chris Coghlan, Arismendy Alcantara, Junior Lake, Ryan Sweeney, Javier Baez, Ryan Kalish, Chris Valaika, Jorge Soler, Matt Szczur, Logan Watkins, Rafael Lopez, Edwin Jackson, Tsuyoshi Wada, Carlos Villanueva, Eric Kokish. Wesley Wright, Kyuji Fujikawa, Blake Parker, and Hector Rondon.
Of the players that are left, only three of them have a three man link, and they were all part of the same trade...
All of the other trade links for any current Cub are just two player links
The oldest would be...
Travis Wood, who came in a trade for Sean Marshall, who was drafted by the Cubs in 2003.
Here's the rest, in no particular order:
Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop came from the Orioles for Steve Clevenger (draft choice) and Scott Feldman (free agent).
Jacob Turner was traded for two prospects.
Felix Doubront was traded for the infamous player to be named later
Arodys Vizcaino came from the Braves for Reed Johnson and Paul Maholom, both signed as free agents.
There were several players with no card shown---they have yet to show up as a Cub in any set.
I'm curious if other teams have the same situation of very limited trade links. Is this a reflection of how modern teams are built or is this just a Cubs thing?