The Chicago Cubs are currently the best team in baseball with a 25-6 record after the first six weeks of the MLB season. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Cubs are still looking for ways to improve their team and they could be interested in Milwaukee Brewers star outfielder, Ryan Braun.
As mentioned in a previous report, Chicago wants to fill the gap left by Kyle Schwarber in left field. Schwarber is out for the rest of the year due to a knee injury suffered in a collision with center fielder Dexter Fowler early in the season.
The Cubs currently uses a platoon of Jorge Soler, Kris Bryant and Matt Szczur, but manager Joe Maddon and general manager Theo Epstein may want to address the issue despite their good play. The team still has a couple of months before the trade deadline to make a trade.
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According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Cubs may be interested in players like Jay Bruce, Carlos Gonzalez, Nick Markakis and Josh Reddick. However, John Buhler of FanSided mentioned in his report that Ryan Braun may be the answer to the Cubs’ left field questions.
Buhler noted that Braun is the best fit in Chicago since he plays left field and is familiar playing in the NL Central Division for the entirety of his career. Despite being a former NL MVP, Braun will cost less than Gonzalez and Reddick since he still has four years left on his contract.
His value is also tainted due to his involvement in the BioGenesis scandal in 2013 that led to his suspension. Nonetheless, the Cubs have a deep farm system and could give the Brewers a couple of prospects.
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However, Braun has to waive his no-trade clause since the Cubs is not on his no-trade list. He could certainly help the Cubs break the Curse of the Billy Goat and end a 107-year World Series Championship drought.
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