Chicago Cubs Rumors: Possible pitching targets ahead of waiver deadline

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Chicago Cubs: Could Dan Straily return to Chicago?

While the Miami Marlins undergo a rebuild, former Cub Dan Straily has had a decent season in South Beach. The 29-year-old right-hander is 4-6 with a 4.60 ERA in 2018.

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Straily was once a Cub, though his career on the North Side was short-lived. He spent part of the 2014 season in Chicago after he was acquired from the Oakland Athletics along with Addison Russell in July. Straily made just seven appearances as a Cub, going 0-1 with an 11.85 ERA. He was traded to the Astros along with Luis Valbuena the following January in exchange for Dexter Fowler.

While Straily was forgettable in his prior stint with the Cubs, he could provide a boost to the Cubs this year as he is performing much better nowadays. He is still relatively young at 29 years old, and he will not be a free agent until 2020 at the earliest.

If the Marlins are looking to part with some of their veterans before the August 31 deadline, Straily is a likely option. While he isn’t the best option available for the Cubs, he could still provide some help to a rotation that is thin at the moment.