The Chicago Cubs have been linked Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees but they may cost too much. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Cubs could look at other reliever options such as Sean Doolittle of the Oakland Athletics and Fernando Abad of the Minnesota Twins.
As mentioned in a previous report, the Yankees may want Chicago to include either Javier Baez or Kyle Schwarber in a trade for Miller or Chapman. However, the Cubs have remained uninterested in parting ways with two of their top young players.
Dan Schmelzer of FanSided suggested several players the Cubs can trade for besides Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. He mentioned Doolittle and Abad, who both are having good seasons, as two possible options at the trade deadline.
Doolittle was an All-Star closer for the Athletics two years ago but he was plagued a shoulder injury last season. However, he has bounced back in a good way this year with a 2.60 ERA in just 32 games this year.
The 29-year-old left-handed pitcher is also dominating left-handed hitters as they only have a batting average of .133 against him. Oakland currently has a record of 29-42 and they will likely be sellers at the deadline.
On the other hand, Abad is also pitching great for the 23-48 Twins with an ERA of 2.28. He is also effective against lefty hitters just like Doolittle. He’s only 30 years old and he will be a great addition to the Cubs bullpen.
Nonetheless, these are all just rumors and suggestions at the moment. The Cubs are still the best team in baseball but they will be very active at the trade deadline. Their main target will likely be Andrew Miller but opting for Doolittle and Abad may not be that bad either.
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