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Chicago Cubs / Javier Baez
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Javier Baez, Kris Bryant have played spoiler for the Chicago Cubs’ plans

Look. If Ricketts thought he was going to shed $30 or $40 million in payroll this year and rebuild, he must have forgotten to tell his players.

Bryant has been playing like a man on a mission, re-establishing himself as one of the premier talents in the game -evidence by his carrying the fifth-highest OPS in the game. Baez is turning it on after a slow start and, with fans back in the stands, the best may very well be yet to come for the Cubs shortstop.

Right now, like I said, you cannot trade either of these guys – or Rizzo, for that matter. As long as Chicago keeps winning, the players control their own destiny. That being said, a rough stretch would be just as impactful – in a very different sense.

There’s a lot of time left between now and the trade deadline at the end of July. We’ll see several variations of this MLB Trade Rumors list before we cross that bridge and there’s still a chance some of our favorite Chicago Cubs players will find themselves on it.

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The only cure for such an ailment? Just win, baby.