3 trade deadline targets the Chicago Cubs should go after

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3 trade deadline targets - 2. Daniel Bard (Colorado Rockies)

With more teams making the playoffs based on CBA agreements, more teams are going for it and aren't as prone to sell off their assets at the deadline. In the National League alone, a staggering ten teams out of 15 are in a playoff or within five games of a Wild Card spot. One team that is not is the Colorado Rockies, as evidenced by the trade with the Los Angeles Angels tonight, which included both CJ Cron and Randal Grichuk. Now, Colorado may be looking to fire sale, and if they move bullpen pieces, a perfect fit with the Cubs would be for reliever Daniel Bard.

With another year under contract, after the 2023 season concludes, Bard's steep price tag of 9.5M AAV may be enough to drive most teams away. Therefore, If the Cubs are willing to take him on financially, they may get away with not having to give up quite as much as they necessarily would for other players. Bard is having a solid season in Colorado, and I've written about him here. Currently, he has a 2.97 ERA and immediately slots into the backend of the Cubs' bullpen if acquired.