The 51-30 Chicago Cubs are no longer the number one team in baseball as the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants have reached 52 wins. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Cubs are still in pursuit of New York Yankees reliever Andrew Miller and Jorge Soler could be a good trade chip.
The Cubs got swept by the New York Mets in their recent four-game series as the World Series favorites seem to hit a wall. Their hitting has been subpar and Jake Arrieta is human after all, per ESPN. Of course, the hitting and Arrieta will recover, but they still need to improve their bullpen.
Chicago has been linked with the Yankees trio of relievers, with Miller the likeliest candidate to be dealt. He has been on the Cubs’ radar since last year but the Yankees reportedly want Kyle Schwarber. However, the Cubs have deemed him untouchable.
Nonetheless, Andrew Webb of SportsBlog has an idea that could convince the Yankees to trade the left-handed Miller to Chicago. He suggested trading outfielder Jorge Soler, who is currently hitting .223 with five home runs and 13 RBIs.
“As of right now Miller has a career-best ERA and might be getting better with age. Miller who is 31 years old is signed through the 2018 season. The Yankees are in need of young power bats and the Cubs need an elite left-handed bullpen piece this deal works well for both teams,” Webb wrote.
It should be noted that this is just a suggestion but there have been rumors surrounding the Cubs, Yankees and Miller since last month. The Yankees are probably waiting until the August 1 deadline to deal Miller as they are still capable of securing a wild card spot.
On the other hand, the Cubs have started scouting other left-handed options. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Saturday that the Cubs sent a scout to watch Oakland Athletics starter Rich Hill.
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