Jun 17, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielderJosh Reddick
(22) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics won 16-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
With mere weeks until the July 31 trade deadline, the still-relevant Chicago Cubs have multiple areas they could upgrade at, including the rotation, bullpen and the outfield.
For the first time in years, Chicago is in the thick of a playoff race in late July. But, as the season has progressed, we’ve seen some weaknesses in Joe Maddon‘s club – many of which could be fixed with a midseason deal.
Whether or not the Cubs pull the trigger on a deal remains to be seen, but there are several enticing options out there for the taking. They range from complete game-changers to stopgap measures, but all of them are in the realm of possibility.
That being said, the impact of such deals depends heavily upon just how much Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer want to give up in return.
Here’s a look at five potential outfield pieces that could help shape the Cubs during their stretch run.
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