Chicago Cubs: Epstein getting “creative” to acquire starting pitching

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Tyson Ross

has been mentioned several times in trade rumors. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Padres

We know the Cubs like Tyson Ross, as they have been connected to the Padres’ right-hander before. Andrew Cashner could be another Padres pitcher on the move. And because the Padres would be looking to score a shortstop in a trade for one of their pitchers, the Cubs appear a likely partner.

Cashner is coming off a down year, making him a buy-low option. Ross is moving through arbitration, and his rising salary could make the Padres eager to move him. Because of the Padres’ eagerness to move and the Cubs compatibility as trade partners, one of these trades might be the most likely to happen.