It's never too early to start thinking about another summer sell-off, and with another poor April, most everyone on the Cubs has to be wondering if they'll still be around in August.

Among those who could be goners are Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Marmol, Darwin Barney, David DeJesus and Matt Garza, due to pending free agency, payroll concerns or the simple fact that the Cubs could get something of value in return.

How this will all play out is unknown. But team President Theo Epstein repeatedly has said they'll evaluate where they're at this summer, and "occasionally there are some necessary evils" in any rebuilding plan.

The biggest name, of course, is Soriano, who said he has no timetable for how long he will wait before deciding whether to give Epstein the green light to deal him.

"I like to see this team doing better because I signed to win here," he said. "But now what I see, I feel bad. I don't feel good because we're supposed to win those games. But I believe. We can't shut it down or be negative. I think we can turn it around. It depends on us.

"Everyone's working hard, and we're not fighting. Everybody is still together because we believe in ourselves."

With Julio Borbon on the roster, the Cubs have a young, left-handed hitting outfielder who can take Soriano's position. And with Luis Valbuena able to play second, the Cubs could make Barney expendable.

Barney understands that, and when asked last week if he was excited about the possibility of a larger clubhouse during the Cubs' renovation plans, he replied:

"I'm excited if I'm here. So I hope I'm here."

Barney is well-liked in the organization but is never mentioned as part of the core of young talent that includes Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Jeff Samardzija.

"Obviously everyone wants to be part of the core here," Barney said. "Everyone wants to be here when things are going well consistently. You don't necessarily ever feel you're part of that until you've earned it. I have a lot to do to become more of a well-rounded player and help this team consistently. That's what my goal is."