Chicago Cubs Rumors: Your midday MLB Trade Deadline update
By Jake Misener
There are mere hours until this year’s Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline hits. The Chicago Cubs kicked off the day, completing a deal for Justin Wilson and Alex Avila. What dominoes will fall before the day ends?
Late Sunday night, multiple outlets reported the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers had completed a big deal ahead of the MLB trade deadline. Monday morning, the clubs confirmed the deal. Left-hander Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila come to Chicago in exchange for Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes and a PTBNL or cash.
But there are plenty of other teams still looking for that right deal. The Cleveland Indians could be close to assembling one of the most lethal bullpens in baseball history. In the east, the New York Yankees are ‘pushing hard’ for Athletics’ ace Sonny Gray.
And, never to be overlooked, the white-hot Los Angeles Dodgers are sure to make a splash before the 4 p.m. ET deadline.
It seems likely the Cubs are done after their deal this morning, but Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer can’t ever be counted out on deadline day. Another arm is a possibility, but keeping the big-league core intact seems to be the front office’s primary focus.
Here are some other scenarios to keep an eye on in the final hours before the deadline.