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Chicago Cubs: Did the Cubs make another rental trade for Wade Davis?

Aug 1, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis (17) looks on from the dugout during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis (17) looks on from the dugout during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Cubs have a ton of young and talented players. In fact, more than they could possibly handle at the same time. When there is no room for them, it’s easy to use them as trade chips.

Or if they’re looking to acquire a huge name, why not sweeten the deal? For instance, Aroldis Chapman. Chicago Cubs’ President Theo Epstein pulled the trigger on a deal which involved two of the teams’ top prospects.

We all knew that the trade for Chapman was pretty much a rental. It didn’t help knowing that Aroldis and the New York Yankees were still linked while he was recording saves for the Cubs on the North Side.

Either way, having him on the roster was huge. However, trading the pieces to have him for only half a season was a bit of a question mark. Gleyber Torres and Billy McKinney?

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Now if you haven’t heard, the Cubs went out and acquired starter turned reliever, Wade Davis, from the Kansas City Royals. The Cubs send Cuban outfielder and young star, Jorge Soler to Kansas City in return.

Soler may have had issues but he was one of the promising rookies who made their debut just a few years ago. Along with Javier Baez, Addison Russell, Kyle Hendricks, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr., and Willson Contreras.

One-year Rental?

As of right now, Davis is only under contract for one season. There is plenty of time for the Cubs to hand him another contract but that is highly unlikely. If any pitcher is going to receive a long-term deal it has to be Jake Arrieta.

So Davis could very well end up being a one-year rental for the Cubs. Which isn’t all that big of a deal. This is a business and sometimes a player, like Chapman, will make a brief stint and move on from the club.

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But who knows, maybe Davis will re-sign with the Chicago Cubs when the 2017 season has come to an end. This team is expected to make another strong run for the postseason and having Davis could work out in the end.

While trading a young player for a veteran under contract for one year may sting, at least they didn’t have to pour over $100 million plus for a closer. Best of luck to Jorge Soler and the Kansas City Royals in 2017 and beyond.

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