Man, things sure changed quickly. From being viewed as surefire sellers in mid-July to adding arguably the best rental bat on the market on Monday, the Chicago Cubs are gearing up for a second half postseason push - and still have work to do ahead of Tuesday's 5 pm CT MLB trade deadline.
Chicago already added to the bullpen, sending roadblocked outfielder Nelson Velazquez to Kansas City for right-handed reliever Jose Cuas, who has strong marks against left-handers, but could definitely stand to add further in that area.
With all that in mind, let's take a look at 2 Cubs trade rumors we hope are true and one we pray doesn't come to fruition before the sun sets on Tuesday.
2 Cubs trade rumors we hope are true - #2: Impact left-handed relievers are top-of-mind for the front office
Somehow, the Cubs have largely overcome their glaring lack of left-handed relief options to this point, but shoring up that area has to be a major focus for Jed Hoyer and Carter Hawkins.
Veterans like Brad Hand and Brent Suter have specifically been mentioned, along with White Sox southpaw Aaron Bummer, who comes with multiple years of team control and, also, a higher price tag. In an appearance on Marquee Sports Network prior to Monday's game against the Reds, ESPN's Jesse Rogers said the Cubs are also combing through the Rays' farm system, as well - so keep an eye on that.
Given Marcus Stroman's sudden struggles, Chicago could look to add not only to the bullpen, but even to the starting rotation - a swing man-type arm capable of making starts or coming on in relief would be incredibly valuable. Either way, adding depth to the staff is a must on the heels of the Candelario trade.