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Chicago Cubs: With Cubs as buyers, several players are attractive bait

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May 9, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) is unable to bring in a fly ball by Colorado Rockies catcher Ryan Hanigan (not pictured) allowing three runs to score in the third inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
May 9, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) is unable to bring in a fly ball by Colorado Rockies catcher Ryan Hanigan (not pictured) allowing three runs to score in the third inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 27, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs outfielder Mark Zagunis triples during the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs outfielder Mark Zagunis triples during the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

#4: The Mark and the void

It is easy to see why a trade of Mark Zagunis makes sense. The stats speak for themselves. Sure, the .248 batting average at Triple-A Iowa is not great, but look at the rest his performance.

He owns a .392 on-base percentage, seven doubles, seven home runs, 25 runs batted in, 30 runs scored and 29 walks.

Not bad at all. When you include defense into the mix, Zagunis is a great overall player. He already has three outfield assists this season. However, the major concern is playing time. Can he break on to the Cubs roster and contribute as an outfielder? It’s possible.

But with Happ, Almora, Heyward and Schwarber (likely) establishing residence in the Wrigley outfield, space for Zagunis is limited. Add the overall Cubs’ roster, and it will be near-impossible for him to see regular time in Chicago.

Matt Szczur already fell victim to the outfield depth. Zagunis makes a great addition in a trade package for a starting pitcher. Sure, he’s no blue-chip piece, but that doesn’t mean he lacks value.

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