10 players who must be mentioned in Chicago Cubs trade rumors

If these teams look to sell at the trade deadline, the Chicago Cubs need to push their chips in.
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With the MLB trade deadline a little under two months from now, the Chicago Cubs hope to make a push like the one they started their 2024 campaign with. We're getting to the point where we also need to keep an eye on other teams that begin to fall in the standings and have good players on expiring contracts that could become available via trade this summer. Here is a list of ten players Cubs fans should keep tabs on if they are made available at the deadline, as they all have obvious fits on the north side.

10 players to keep an eye on - 10. Kenley Jansen, Closer

It goes without saying that if the Cubs are buyers at the deadline, one thing you can bet on is that they will be adding bullpen help. The needs are obvious, as the bullpen has accounted for several losses this season, and bringing in a veteran such as Kenley Jansen can help right the ship. Jansen is a future Hall of Fame closer with 429 saves and a 2.54 career ERA while enjoying another good season in Boston, where he's recorded nine saves on the year. If the Red Sox make him available, which is likely if they sell, Jed Hoyer may come calling, given that other relievers on this list will cost quite a bit more.

9. Elias Diaz, C

We wrote about Elias Diaz recently and how he is a perfect two-way player who fits multiple needs for the Cubs. His catcher-framing ability and great hitting stats away from Coors Field make him an ideal fit in Chicago. After the 2024 season, he will become a free agent, so the price to obtain his services will be affordable for the Cubs' front office, and it's a move they need to be ready to approach aggressively.