Will the Chicago Cubs add a piece for the stretch run ahead of Monday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline or stand pat with the current group?
With less than 24 hours left on the clock, the Chicago Cubs still have several roles left to address before the trade deadline hits. Primarily, bullpen could use another arm and the backup catcher role remains semi-vacant, although rookie Victor Caratini hit a home run on Sunday.
Will the team pull the trigger on a move? That remains to be seen.
Chicago is riding high since the All-Star Break after taking two-of-three from the Milwaukee Brewers. Joe Maddon‘s club is yet to lose a series in the second half. Over their last 20 games, the Cubs own the third-best record in baseball, trailing only the Dodgers and Nationals in that regard.
Fangraphs still only projects 88 wins for the reigning World Series champions, but that mark should be good enough for a third-straight playoff berth. But, as we saw in 2016, adding that one missing piece can be the difference between winning it all or watching from the couch come late October.