Will the Cubs trade for him?
All signs point the Cubs making at least one deal before the deadline, but in my opinion, I see them trading for a reliever and not a starter.
As noted above, Lester is an ace – despite approaching his mid-30s. Both Hendricks and Quintana are more than capable of bolstering a rotation come October. And, despite the odds, Darvish could come back down the stretch and play the role of midseason acquisition.
At the end of the day, you need a minimum of three quality arms. The Cubs already have that. Meanwhile, the bullpen remains overworked – and it’s shown of late. Adding one or two arms to the pen could do a great deal for Chicago in the season’s final two-plus months.
However, if they do choose to add a starter, expect Eovaldi. Be shocked, flabbergasted and downright shocked if the guy joining the mix is Jacob deGrom.