Winners of nine of 10 heading into this weekend’s series in San Francisco, the Chicago Cubs are officially the hottest team in baseball. The competition the team faced in May pales in comparison to what’s in store in the month of June – but after sweeping the San Diego Padres, things are starting off on the right foot.
Just a month ago, the Cubs faced dismal odds of making the postseason, let alone winning the division. They pretty clearly looked like sellers – especially given the major talent set to walk at year’s end, ranging from a former MVP in Kris Bryant to All-Stars like Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Craig Kimbrel.
But after a 19-8 month, things have dramatically changed. The team might be buyers, now – and even MLB Trade Rumors isn’t thinking Chicago will sell at this point. In the ‘early June edition’ of their top 40 trade candidates, not a single Cubs player was included. That’s pretty astonishing to me personally, but I’m very much here for it.
Chicago Cubs should have their eye on the top name, Rockies pitcher Jon Gray
Topping the MLBTR rankings is Colorado Rockies ace Jon Gray. After all, the Rockies are trash and what use do they really have for a top-tier arm after literally paying the Cardinals to take Nolan Arenado, one of the best all-around third basemen in the game, off their hands this past winter?
For his part, Gray wants to stay in the Mile High City – but it might not matter what he wants. Chicago, and countless other teams, need starting pitching. The Rox could flip the right-hander for a decent price this summer and (maybe) expedite the rebuild that’s psudeo-underway already.
Oh, and the number two name on the list? It’s Gray’s teammate, All-Star shortstop Trevor Story, who will join Baez in this winter’s loaded free agent class at year’s end.