Cubs Rumors: The D-Backs’ Andrew Chafin a lefty possibility
Cubs Rumors: We are exactly two weeks away from the 2019 MLB Trade Deadline, and the Chicago Cubs find themselves chasing several potential needs.
The Chicago Cubs have not gotten the kind of production that they were hoping for from the likes of Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora and Addison Russell. And David Bote has also had a rough going in the last couple of months. Because of these underwhelming performances, there is a feeling that the Cubs should go after a “professional” hitter on the market.
However, that market is not exactly flooded with reliable options. The Kansas City Royals have made it clear that they will not trade Whit Merrifield or Alex Gordon. And the Arizona Diamondbacks may be hesitant to relinquish David Peralta.
Nicholas Castellanos and Domingo Santana might be interesting options at the dish, but they are both atrocious defenders. Finally, as intriguing as his first half was in Toronto, there is a reason to suggest that Eric Sogard has benefitted from a good deal of luck (subscription required). So, what gives?
While added production in the lineup would be nice, the Cubs are only just beginning to see what Robel Garcia has to offer. Ben Zobrist’s potential return could provide an extra boost down the stretch.
Adding bullpen depth is more of a necessity. Chicago has just one reliable left-hander (Kyle Ryan), and Brad Brach has not been a quality addition to the group.
Although the Diamondbacks might be reluctant to give up Peralta, the Cubs might still look to do business with them in order to acquire Andrew Chafin.