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

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Dillon Gee, RHP, New York Mets

Apr 16, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee (35) heads to the dugout after being relieved during the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The Cubs and New York Mets have been connected on trade rumors for a long time now. On the surface, the two teams fit as trade partners very well. The Cubs are loaded with young position player talent and lack pitching, while the Mets are loaded with young impact arms and lack offense. The shortstop position is a major need for the Mets, and the Cubs have a ton of exciting options at the position.

However, I just do not see a major move happening here. I simply do not see the Cubs trading someone like Starlin Castro or Addison Russell unless it is for Matt Harvey or Noah Syndergaard of the Mets, and they are going to be very hesitant to move those guys. There simply may not be a major trade here.

That being said, the Mets do have nice pitching depth that could certainly entice the Cubs. Dillon Gee is the forgotten man in the Mets’ rotation, and the team is having a very hard time to find room for him in their rotation. He could be a very interesting target for the Cubs.

Gee is a solid back of the rotation starter who has a career ERA of 3.91 in 670 innings pitched. He does not have the major upside of the young studs in the Mets’ rotation, but Gee would be a very solid option in the Cubs’ rotation. Gee is a 29-year-old starter with experience and good stuff. This could be a nice buy-low opportunity for the Cubs, as they try to piece together the back of their rotation.

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