We are now less than one week away from this year’s MLB trade deadline. The Chicago Cubs, after taking a weekend series against the Diamondbacks, still find themselves in fourth place, two games under .500 and a staggering 9 1/2 back in the division at 49-51.
Coming into July, every opponent on the calendar was at .500 or worse and the Cubs have managed to go just 7-12 this month. If Chicago can’t get hot against middle of the pack or worse teams, the unfortunate reality is this group just doesn’t have what it takes.
In theory, the Cubs could go on a hot streak at the right time when the Brewers go cold and get back in this thing. It’s also foolish to put all your eggs in one basket and assume luck will carry you through. Can the front office look to an old foe to help right the ship?
The Chicago Cubs have done deals with the Chicago White Sox in the past, as recently as 2017 when they acquired Jose Quintana for Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease and infielders Matt Rose and Bryan Flete. At the time in 2017, Jimenez was the eight prospect and Cease checked in at #63. Looking back at that trade now, yikes. Insert Homer Simpson backing into a bush gif.
Hindsight is always 20/20 as at the time the Cubs needed a pitcher to shore up the staff. Eventually, the North Siders advanced to a third-straight NLCS before falling to the Dodgers. Since then, the Cubs have continued trickling downhill and are at a critical juncture.
With the White Sox sitting comfortably in first place with a 58-40 record, 8 1/2 games up, it seems like one bold move can put them over the top in the American League. Let’s take a look at three players the Cubs can trade to the White Sox in efforts to re-tool as soon as possible.