3 likely trade destinations for Chicago Cubs center fielder Cody Bellinger

With the Chicago Cubs more than likely out of contention and the trade deadline looming, there are a number of potential good homes for their resurgent center fielder Cody Bellinger

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#2: Houston Astros

The other major team with reported interest, the Houston Astros could use some outfield help in their bid to catch the Texas Rangers. There's still no timetable for the return of Michael Brantley from shoulder surgery and their GM Dana Brown has expressed a need to acquire left-handed hitting for their lineup. Bellinger could easily slot into center field or even swap over to left with a group that includes Chas McCormick, Jake Meyers, and Kyle Tucker in the mix. Bellinger would also be a good fit to take the occasional start at first base.

Moreover, the Astros could possibly pursue a blockbuster deal with the Cubs that could send both Bellinger and Stroman given their interest in both. While they don't have as strong of a farm system as the Yankees, the pieces are there to put together a solid package. Outfielder Justin Dirden stands out as a potential target in the farm system with his lefty bat, but if they want to add to their pitching depth, Forrest Whitley would be a perfect fit. There's also lefthander Colton Gordon for another near-term arm worth consideration.

Trading Bellinger could be a win-win for both sides with some young, interesting, and controllable pieces coming to Chicago to give the World Series champs that extra boost.