The Chicago Cubs started to become active in the trade market before the deadline on August 1 by acquiring Mike Montgomery from the Seattle Mariners. However, the latest MLB rumors imply that the Cubs are not finished dealing because they still want Andrew Miller of the New York Yankees.
According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs traded first baseman prospect Dan Vogelbach and pitcher Paul Blackburn to the Mariners in exchange for Montgomery and minor league pitcher Jordan Pries.
The 27-year-old left-hander was a starter for the Mariners last year before being assigned to the bullpen this season. In 32 appearances this season, he has a 2.34 ERA with 54 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 61 2/3 innings. He has also pitched great against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .164 batting average.
On the other hand, Brendan Kuty of the NJ Advance Media Group reports that the Cubs are still not done making some moves for the bullpen. He noted that Chicago’s likely target is Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman or both.
The Cubs has been linked with Miller and Chapman but the former is the rumored primary target. The Yankees reportedly wants Kyle Schwarber but the Cubs are not willing to part ways with him. Both teams like Schwarber, who has the potential to become a regular 40-homer guy throughout his career.
However, Chicago has insisted that they will not trade the 23-year-old catcher/outfielder even if it’s for a player like Andrew Miller, who is arguably the best reliever in baseball this season. In 40 games this season, he has a 5-1 record with a 1.31 ERA and 70 strikeouts while only issuing seven walks.
According to Grant Brisbee of SB Nation, the Cubs could lose out on Miller because about 18 teams are interested in him. They will need to take the risk and trade Schwarber to acquire Miller as this is the Cubs’ best chance to end a 108-year World Series championship drought.
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