Chicago Cubs: 10 pitchers to target as MLB trade deadline looms

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Trevor Rogers / Chicago Cubs
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Chicago Cubs: 10 pitchers to target at the trade deadline: #7 – Trevor Rogers

Now let’s take a good look at why Trevor Rogers on the Miami Marlins could be available for the right price. Again, going with the theory of Jed selling off the top guys for top prospects, then coming back with the extra salary and buying a little at the same time, Rogers would be the perfect pitcher to put on the Cubbie Blue. Here’s why:

Let’s forget all about Rogers’ rookie season of a 6.11 ERA in 28 innings pitched. Never mind that. in 2021 he has completely flipped it around Lucas Giolito style and now owns a 2.37 ERA in 106 1/3 innings of work and a 7-6 record. He’s averaging 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings and carries an excellent 3.2 BB/9 to go with it, earning him the first All-Star appearance in his young career.

Why would/could this guy even be available should teams come calling? Because the Marlins are falling further and further in the NL East at 11 games back in the division and have no business buying and trying to make a playoff push. The Marlins rotation is actually quite good with Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez and Trevor Rogers. They also have Sixto Sanchez (currently injured) Max Meyer and Edward Cabrera – all in the top 100 prospects according to MLB Pipeline.

Should Chicago come calling once he is done moving his own All-Stars around, Rogers may be the perfect piece to target. Such a deal could also provide the perfect opportunity to further strengthen your farm system and address additional positional needs if you’re the Marlins.