Chicago Cubs: 3 Non-starters to look at ahead of the trade deadline

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The Chicago Cubs currently sit atop a jampacked NL Central and seemed well-positioned to be playing baseball in October. The Achilles heel of the team has certainly been their lackluster rotation, which has been reiterated to exhaustion and it should certainly be the Cubs’ primary focus at the deadline. However, the Cubs are not a perfect team outside of their rotation, and they should look at other positions of need as well.

Kris Bryant has taken a step back offensively as of late which makes it seem as though the infield may be a target for the Cubs at the deadline, but with Matt Duffy set to return relatively soon, along with Bote and Hoerner getting back into the mix soon, it’s probably not as big of an issue in the front offices’ eyes. Throw in Patrick Wisdom and Sergio Alcantara’s production since being called up, and the Cubs may soon have a log jam to sort out on the infield.

The lineup is not without its problems, however. Though many such as myself have grown to love Jason Heyward over his years on the northside, he has struggled immensely this season. If the Cubs want to make a run in October, the outfield needs to be something they address, along with other minor touch-ups to the roster.