Cubs Rumors: Three trades they need to make before deadline

Clint Frazier, New York Yankees (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The problem is, Giancarlo Stanton is under contract to be the Yankees DH for the next seven years. The Yankees don’t think much of Frazier’s ability to play the outfield– where he remains, to put it nicely, very raw. If you need proof, look at the guys not named Aaron Judge, who have played out there in front of him this year. Brett Gardner is 8-for-45, and Aaron Hicks is 10-for-48, while only one guy (Mike Tauchman) is swinging the bat pretty well (now 13-for-38 after four hits in his last couple games).

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If the Yankees aren’t going to play him when their two colossal sluggers return, as they haven’t the last couple seasons, they should attempt to get something for him in trade. With the Yankees rotation in a little bit of disrepair at the moment behind the best pitcher in baseball, Gerrit Cole, perhaps the Cubs could work something out there.

With two expiring contracts from back-end rotation pieces (but still improvements for the Yankees at this moment), and possible money to recoup to get under the luxury tax still. Is it possible the Cubs could trade either Tyler Chatwood (if healthy, of course) or, more likely, Jose Quintana (once he comes back and proves himself healthy) to get under the tax threshold? Can Alec Mills and the South Bend shuttle continue to cover the 5th spot?

The Yankees haven’t seen many purposes to Frazier as of yet, and the Cubs could use him as their DH pretty consistently. He also gives them another right-handed option off the bench if he’s not starting so they don’t have to use Josh Phegley to pinch-hit against someone like Josh Hader. Could this be a win-win where the Yankees get some much-needed pitching while giving up a blocked guy who has a ton of unrealized potential?