Cubs Rumors: Could Chicago pursue Padres’ Will Venable?


With things not going as planned out west, could the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs be a good fit on a midseason trade in coming weeks?

A recent Bruce Levine report linked the two teams through right-hander Ian Kennedy, who is said to be available ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.

When I was driving home this afternoon, MLB Network Radio said that outfielder Will Venable would be valuable to multiple teams, mentioning the Cubs specifically.

But, if you ask me – we don’t need another Chris Coghlan.

Coghlan has value, no-doubt. But there’s not a single reason the team should go add a player who, in most regards, is identical to him.

The Padres outfielder is batting .256/.325/.405 this season, while Coghlan sits at .249/.346/.412. The Chicago left fielder has two more homers than Venable, as well – also boasting a better line against right-handers than his San Diego counterpart.

A left-handed bat is always a good thing in today’s game; that being said, when you have other needs, like the Chicago Cubs certainly do, it’s downright foolish to dedicate resources to a need that doesn’t exist.

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Coghlan and Denorfia are a serviceable tandem alongside Jorge Soler and Dexter Fowler in the Cubs outfield – at least for the time being.

If the front office is going to add a player to the outfield mix (which I doubt) – it should be an impact bat like Justin Upton; not a stopgap middle-of-the-road piece like Venable.

Now, taking a look at other Padres players who could be on the move, I wouldn’t mind a deal for someone like Upton or closer Craig Kimbrel. However, with Rafael Soriano joining the big league club on Monday, Chicago may have already internally filled that void.

Either way, one thing is clear. The Cubs don’t need a backup outfielder. Their resources would be better utilized on a starting pitcher or an impact bat; and that’s something Epstein and Hoyer are already well aware of.

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