The Chicago Cubs are getting ready to kick off the second half of the season this week, and as the MLB trade deadline approaches, they’re hoping to bolster their roster moving forward.
Here are the latest rumblings around the Cubs and the rest of the National League Central:
Brad Hand Off the Market
The Cubs traditionally are a team that likes to get a jump on the trade market, but instead it was the Cleveland Indians doing the honors on Thursday, sending catching prospect Francisco Mejia to the San Diego Padres for relief pitchers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber.
The trade solidifies Cleveland’s bullpen in a big way, adding two quality arms to join pitchers like Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, but it also takes one potential trade option off the board for the Cubs, who are reportedly trying to bolster their own bullpen before the trade deadline.
Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, Orioles closer Zach Britton, and Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias could all be on the market as well, giving the Cubs a few different options to choose from.
What Would it Take to Get Jacob deGrom?
There is no indication that the New York Mets are looking to trade All-Star pitcher Jacob deGrom, but if the hurler was put on the market, what would it take to get him?
According to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers, it wouldn’t take as much as one would think. In discussions with baseball insiders, Rogers says that Ian Happ, Mike Montgomery, and Addison Russell could provide the building blocks for such a trade, given that the Mets would like to get MLB ready talent instead of prospect-based packages.
The Mets’ hurler does want to stay with the team, however, saying that he wants to sign a long-term deal. His agent told reporters that if the Mets aren’t interested in a long-term deal that his client would want to be traded, so that might be worth keeping an eye on for Cubs fans.
What Are the Brewers Doing?
The Milwaukee Brewers missed out on Manny Machado, but they’re still reportedly looking to upgrade their infield before the trade deadline.
According to multiple reports, the Brewers are looking at Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, as they try to close the gap on the Cubs in the NL Central race.
The soon-to-be free agent has 16 home runs and 48 RBI this season, but is only batting .230 on the season. He would give the Brewers’ offense a boost, but will the team be willing to part with assets to grab him given his rather pedestrian numbers this season?