Chicago Cubs: Five realistic trade targets as we approach the deadline

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Scott Kazmir, LHP, Oakland Athletics

May 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (26) throws during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, the Cubs and Athletics got together on a major trade, and they seem to fit well as trading partners once again this season. At 17-30, the A’s seem ready to sell-off this trading season, and they have some nice pieces who could fit what the Cubs are looking for.

Most notably, left-handed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir, who is pitching very well with a 3.09 ERA this season. Kazmir was once a hard thrower who has rejuvenated his career in recent years using a more crafty approach. He is a very smart pitcher who has a good breaking ball, and locates his pitches very well.

Kazmir has learned to mix speed and locations like a pro, and his ability would certainly help the Cubs’ rotation going forward. Replacing a guy like Wada or Hendricks for Kazmir would be a major addition for the Cubs.

Vogelbach, in particular, seems like a player who Billy Beane would love to have. His patient approach and huge power would fit right in with what the A’s like to do. These two teams appear to be a great match as trade partners.

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