The Chicago Cubs have started early in making moves, and the American League could be where they find the deals they’re looking for.
This is the time of year that General Manager’s make all of their money. Not because of pay structure, but by making strategic trades that determine the current and future trajectory of their teams.
American League teams have generally drawn the most attention from the Cubs for a multitude of reasons. Chiefly, the player(s) being traded from the Cubs won’t drastically affect the clubs performance during the regular season and the DH position adds flexibility to unload overstock offense for pitching and defense.
Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs (56-37) are in prime position to sit back and answer their phones before the trade deadline on August 1. Teams like the New York Yankees (47-46), Tampa Bay Rays (36-57), Oakland Athletics (42-52), and Minnesota Twins (34-59) are primed to be sellers and have some intriguing assets to offer the Cubs.
That being said, let’s take a look at what each team has to offer.
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