Chicago Cubs: Five potential trade deadline targets

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 18: Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals is congratulated by teammate Nicky Lopez #1 after hitting a three-run home run that also scored Lopez and Billy Hamilton #6 during the third inning of a game at T-Mobile Park on June 18, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 18: Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals is congratulated by teammate Nicky Lopez #1 after hitting a three-run home run that also scored Lopez and Billy Hamilton #6 during the third inning of a game at T-Mobile Park on June 18, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Cubs: A name that is often forgotten about these days could provide a spark

Remember Neil Walker Cubs fans? The longtime Pirate who has hit multiple grand slams at Wrigley Field? Well, the veteran second baseman is having a very nice season down in Miami, which has not surprisingly gone unnoticed considering the team he plays for. So far this season he is slashing .295/.375/.443 with four homers and a wRC+ of 122.

Walker is a career .269/.340/.430, 112 wRC+ hitter in 1,224 games in the majors. Long story short, he is an excellent hitter, and a guy who can get on base at a good clip as he has done in his career would be very welcomed. He is bouncing back very nicely from a poor 2018 with the Yankees and showing he still has something in the tank at 33 years old.

Walker is on a cheap one year, $2 million deal. This could be a very easy get for the Cubs as he will likely not cost much in terms of assets and is not making a lot of money. Joe Maddon could plug him right in at second base and/or play him in certain matchups. This could be a very nice route to go in terms of production that is cheap.

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