Thanks to MLB RUMORS-
Chone Figgins, Angels: This news came to me as I was working on this. One source I talk to frecuently believes that if the Cubs fail to acquire Roberts, they may look to acquire Chone Figgins of the Angels. He went on to say that the Cubs are determined to get a speedy lead off hitter and would like to get one before the start of Spring Training, so this week.
When will it gown down?: Spring Training, if necessary.
I think the Cubs will be better off getting Figgins than Roberts. It allows Derosa to say at 2nd because Chone will play CF for the Cubbies. He will cost more than Roberts as far as quality of players and I am hearing the Angels have backed off there demands for Aram for Figgins so I can see a deal going down. This should be the Cubs first option rather than Roberts.
Jason Marquis, Cubs: He will only be traded before season if it is to the Orioles. Otherwise, I expect a trade around the deadline, if not sooner. The Cubs do not have much confidence in Marquis despite 11 wins last season, and it will probably hurt them to start the season.
I still do not see why the Cubs are trying to unload Marquis so bad. He was very good in the first half of the season and won 11 games. Unless the Cubs get decent prospects or a player like Figgins or Roberts for him and a package of players I say wait until the deadline.