The 52-32 Chicago Cubs are expected to make a trade before the August 1 deadline. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Cubs priority is acquiring a reliever but one beat writer suggested that Chicago should go after outfielder Josh Reddick of the Oakland Athletics.
Dan Schmelzer of FanSided mentioned in his report that the Cubs will likely part ways with Jorge Soler in order to acquire a left-handed reliever. He suggested trading for Reddick to replace Soler on the roster and improve the Cubs’ already impressive roster.
“If Soler gets moved in a deal for (Andrew) Miller or another top-end arm, I could see the Cubs then looking to add some stability to their outfield. Where is better to look than their old friend Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics,” Schmelzer wrote.
It should be noted that the Cubs and Athletics have a history of making deadline deals including the 2014 deal that sent Addison Russell to Chicago. Schmelzer added that Reddick is having a good season offensively and defensively.
He suggested that the Cubs can acquire Reddick, a free agent after the season, for outfielder prospect Mark Zagunis and first baseman Dan Vogelbach. However, this move is only possible if the Cubs trade away Soler who is currently on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
The Cubs have been linked with many top relievers with Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman being the main targets. According to ESPN, the Yankees want Kyle Schwarber in exchange for Miller, who is arguably the best reliever in baseball this season.
On the other hand, the Yankees may listen to a Jorge Soler plus a couple of prospects deal for Chapman. The hard-throwing lefty has an expiring deal and New York would want to get something for him rather than see him leave for free.
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