The Chicago Cubs are still the best in baseball but they have only won four games out of the last ten, including a four-game losing streak that caused some fans to panic. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Cubs are still interested in acquiring Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees.
The four-game losing streak was the Cubs’ worst this season and their bullpen is the most susceptible part of the roster. George A. King III of the New York Post noted in his report that the Cubs sent back scout Jason Parks back to New York last week along with scouting director Jared Porter and Steve Boros.
The three men watched the trio of Yankees bullpen that only allowed a hit in six combined innings with nine strikeouts and zero walks. New York is currently 2.5 games out of second AL Wild Card spot and they will likely see whether they have a big chance to catch up before making a move.
According to Corey Francis of Cubbies Crib, one of the trade offers that the Cubs can make for either Miller or Chapman is a combination of catcher Miguel Montero and first baseman prospect Dan Vogelbech. He mentioned that Montero will be a solid backup for Brian McCann while Vogelbech can be a good long-term replacement for Mark Texeira.
However, Francis forgot that the Yankees still have first baseman Greg Bird ready for next season. It will also be difficult to see Brian Cashman part ways with a lights out reliever for a backup catcher and a prospect.
The Cubs have also insisted that they would not include Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez in any deals which may put off a future deal with the Yankees. Nonetheless, Chicago still has plenty of prospects to offer for either Miller or Chapman.
If the Yankees decide that they will keep both Chapman and Miller, the Cubs will have to look for other options. Some of the possible relievers they can trade for include Sean Doolittle of the Oakland Athletics, Fernando Abad of the Minnesota Twins and Drew Storen of the Toronto Blue Jays.
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