The Chicago Cubs are currently the best team in baseball as they start the 2016 season with a record of 24-6. However, the latest MLB rumors imply that the Cubs front office led by president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is looking for a left fielder via a big trade.
As mentioned in a previous report, Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber is out for the entire season after suffering a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. Since the injury, Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been using a platoon of Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Matt Szczur.
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The trio has proven that they are effective in playing left field but expect the issues of having a depth at the position to creep up later in the season. According to Sportige, the Cubs will be looking to trade for a big name left fielder that will further help their already potent and powerful lineup.
The report noted several players that are likely to be part of trade rumors this season and will be linked to teams like the Cubs. Some of those players are Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds, Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies and Josh Reddick of the Oakland Athletics.
Other names that could also potentially be shopped before the deadline include Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees, Nick Markakis of the Atlanta Braves and Seth Smith of the Seattle Mariners. Unlike some of the contenders, the Cubs’ farm system is loaded with young prospects that could be dealt for a proven player.
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Some of Chicago’s top prospects are shortstop Gleyber Torres, second baseman Ian Happ, outfielder Billy McKinney, catcher Willson Contreras and starting pitchers Duane Underwood and Carl Edwards Jr. The Cubs also have young players Javier Baez and Jorge Soler to include in a future deal.
In a report by ESPN, the Cubs could be involved in a trade for Mike Trout if the struggling Los Angeles Angels decide that it needs to rebuild its team and farm system.
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