Chicago Cubs Rumors: Checking in on potential pitching trade targets

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Chicago Cubs: Not flashy, but a quality left-hander

J.A. Happ is certainly not flashy, but he can get the job done.

The 12-year veteran is 35 years old with plenty of experience and has put up some decent numbers this year. He sports a 4.03 ERA, 1.110 WHIP and a 3.64 FIP in 102 2/3 innings. Going back to 2015, he has made 105 starts and has posted a 3.53 ERA and 3.70 FIP, most of it in the American League.

Happ is a guy that can fit in the middle of the rotation. Worst case scenario Darvish is out for the year and Happ steps in. Looking ahead, he could be the fourth guy in a playoff rotation behind Lester, Hendricks and Quintana. He has a 3.72 career postseason ERA in 19 1/3 innings pitched. He will undoubtedly be on multiple teams’ radars over the next month, which can affect his price.