Chicago Cubs Rumors: Possible pitching targets ahead of waiver deadline

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Chicago Cubs: Best record in the National League means last in waiver claims

While there are a few viable options out there for the Cubs to acquire ahead of the August 31 deadline, it is still a tough task for the Cubs to work out a trade. With the best record in the National League, the Cubs also rank last in the order of waiver claims.

If the Cubs were interested in one of these arms to boost their rotation down the stretch, it is more than likely that another NL Central team might try to block them by placing a waiver claim themselves.

Still, it is worth a try to attempt to acquire some help. With Darvish unlikely to return, the Cubs need rotation help in their pennant chase, and these arms could provide some help at a relatively low cost.

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While the acquisition of Cole Hamels was a great move for the Cubs, unfortunately, the injuries to Yu Darvish and Mike Montgomery necessitate another move. If the Cubs do not make another insurance move, it could come back to bite them eventually.