3 early trade targets the Chicago Cubs should keep an eye on
3. RHP Tyler Rogers
The San Francisco Giants are looking like the odd team out in the NL West with the Arizona Diamondbacks possibly back to a competitive level for the first time in years. The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers will be playoff teams, and the Giants are sitting in 4th place with an 11-17 record. In order to be competitive, the Giants will have to turn things around in a big way and even if they do, they will be competing for a Wild Card spot in a crowded National League field. I predict they will sell at the deadline.
One of the few promising arms in an underperforming Giants bullpen is Tyler Rogers, who sported an ERA below 1 before a couple of bad outings against the Padres in the last week. Aside from those two games, Rogers has used his signature submarine-style delivery successfully this year with a 2.93 ERA over 15 innings. With a wicked rising fastball and vanishing slider, Rogers would be an excellent addition to the Cubs bullpen and he is under team control for two more seasons. One of the most intriguing parts of his game is the fact that Rogers tends to keep the ball in the yard, having given up just 12 home runs in his entire career over 217 innings. During the hot summer months when the ball carries at Wrigley Field, this could be a very valuable asset.