Chicago Cubs: 3 trade targets if the team decides to be buyers

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Chicago Cubs: Jon Gray could be on the radar once again

There had been some previous linkage between the Cubs and Colorado Rockies right-hander Jon Gray in the fall of 2019.  It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear more whispers building up to July 31.

Gray has a 3.71 ERA in 11 starts this season. His strikeout rate is below his career average, but he ranks in the 81st percentile in hard-hit rate and 94th percentile in barrel rate.

The seven-year veteran will be a free agent at the end of the season. However, Gray might also be intriguing because he could be a guy the Cubs try to re-sign as a future rotation arm given his age (29).

There are certainly things to be wary of here. Gray has a 6.75 ERA in four starts on the road this year and has been quite a bit better (2.36 ERA) at Coors Field. Still, the career splits don’t show nearly as exaggerative a gap.

One more thing: Gray would give Chicago some more velocity in the rotation to complement the soft-tossers.