Chicago Cubs: Don’t underestimate the power of ‘small’ trades

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While the Chicago Cubs first trade of the summer didn’t turn many heads, it may still pay dividends down the stretch for this playoff hopeful club.

Jesse Chavez is not Jacob deGrom or even Zach Britton. However, don’t discount the potential importance of smaller trades such as the Chavez trade. Maybe the Cubs trade for deGrom or Britton. Or maybe they don’t make a big trade this season.

Sometimes someone such as Chavez fills just right the hole in the roster. Other times the guy that was traded away (Tyler Thomas) ends up being a name that haunts a team’s fans for years to come.

Since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over the front office of the Chicago Cubs they have made a number of gigantic trades. But they have also made a number of smaller ones that turned into a pretty big deal.