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

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Chicago Cubs: 10 bats to target at the trade deadline: #8 – David Peralta

Eduardo Escobar would have made this list if it weren’t for the fact that he is a pending free agent and therefore wouldn’t be of much help to the Cubs moving forward. With these being said, we shift to David Peralta, another bright spot in Arizona.

Posting a career .287/.344/.467 slash spanning over his seven years in the desert, Peralta has been one of those guys who is a consistently above average hitter but doesn’t garner much attention due to the fact that he’s on a team that currently sits dead-last in all of MLB at 31-69.

This year the Arizona outfielder is slashing .256/.329/.402 with four long balls and 43 knocked in. It seems his power has gone down since receiving shoulder surgery on his AC joint in 2019. However, when Peralta is swinging it he is valuable to any team he plays on. We don’t expect the Cubs to be buyers, going after the big fish at the deadline. However, after making the necessary moves, picking up a bat like Peralta would be a nice add on.

Peralta is earning $7.5 million this year and will make the same next year before hitting the open market.