Chicago Cubs Rumors: Could this team stand pat at the Trade Deadline?
Rumors continue to swirl around the Chicago Cubs ahead of the deadline. With a weak system and a well-rounded big league roster, is a trade likely? Maybe not.
The Chicago Cubs enter this year’s trade deadline season in a different spot than one year ago. They’ll head into the All-Star Break in sole possession of first place in the National League Central. The Cubs sit 16 games north of .500 and boast the best winning percentage in the entire league.
After unloaded prime talent to acquire Aroldis Chapman, Justin Wilson and Jose Quintana over the last two years, the minor league system lacks any highly regarded prospects. So the Cubs might not make a trade at the deadline this year. I think I’m ok with that. I might even be rooting for that.
Despite all of the rumors the Chicago Cubs are almost certainly not going to trade for Manny Machado. The fit just isn’t there. The Cubs don’t have a big need at shortstop, third base or really anywhere in the lineup. Most teams don’t have ten everyday players. The Cubs have been enjoying that unique luxury since Ian Happ was called up to the major leagues last year.