Chicago Cubs: Trading for a title – but which kind?
The front office also has to consider if they need to make a trade to help win the division or are they just shoring up the roster for the post season. The Cubs have only recently pulled into first place in the NL Central. Milwaukee is definitely going to make trades. The question is how much do they improve their roster. If the Cubs had a comfortable lead in the division, then they could keep sending Chatwood out there every fifth day to try and figure it out.
A lot of the trade rumors we are hearing right now is the front office doing their due diligence. If a need springs up, the front office needs to be ready with a backup plan. If valuable player suddenly becomes available, Theo and Jed want to be able to pounce. Perhaps the Cubs find a diamond in the rough. I still don’t understand why the Mariners traded Montgomery to the Cubs a few years ago.
A lot of things could happen that would cause the Cubs to make a trade this season. However, there are also a lot of reasons not to make a trade this year. The roster is complete. The pitching staff is getting healthier. The bullpen is pitching well. Chatwood might not be in the rotation much longer. And the Cubs minor league system could use a year where its best prospects aren’t traded away. I know it isn’t as sexy to say, but perhaps the best thing the Cubs should do at this trade deadline is not make a move.