Cubs Rumors: These three players could be on the move soon

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After the team traded Mike Montgomery late Monday, it’s likely more Cubs rumors will surface as the team looks to shore up its still-young core.

There’s nothing like an off-day coming at the end of a stretch that saw the Chicago Cubs win five of six to open a nine-game homestand. Behind another dominant start from Yu Darvish on Wednesday, the Cubs maintained their season-best 2 1/2-game edge over Milwaukee in the division race.

Of course, that six-game stretch was interrupted by the Cubs trading swingman Mike Montgomery to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for veteran backup catcher Martin Maldonado. Long known as one of the better defensive receivers in the game, Maldonado will, for the time being, back up Victor Caratini as Willson Contreras works back from a foot injury.

With less than two weeks until the trade deadline, though, this will hardly be the last move the team makes as the front office works through its midseason shopping list. It seems likely Chicago will be in the market for at least one left-handed reliever, potentially a middle infielder and an outfielder before it’s all said and done.

We’ve been covering potential targets ad nauseam over the last week or so – but on the other side of each of those potential deals are the guys currently in the Chicago organization who could wind up elsewhere before the calendar turns to August.