3 trade deadline targets the Chicago Cubs should go after

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3 trade deadline targets - 1. Jeimer Candelario

Although he is aforementioned, it's essential to understand that Candelario should be the main offensive target for the Cubs at the deadline. The first matter to discuss is his bat, in which he slashes .258/.342/.481 with 16 HRs, 53 RBIs, and 30 doubles. According to Fangraphs, Candelario has a 3.0 WAR already on the season and a 121 wRC+. With as good as the Cubs' offense has been since the All-Star break, Candelario would immediately slide into the 4th best hitter on the team in terms of wRC+, providing an instant jolt to the lineup. But offense is not the only area of need that he fills.

Sticking with Jed Hoyer's plan of an elite defense, Candelario's ability to play 3rd base well shores up a gaping hole for the Cubs defensively. He currently sits 3rd in Outs Above Average (6), Runs prevented leaders (4) in the National League, and 5th overall in MLB. His defense at the hot corner, along with Dansby Swanson, Nico Hoerner, and Cody Bellinger, who's playing first base lately, gives the Cubs an elite infield defense. This is one move the Cubs front office can't let itself get outbid on, and they have the pieces to approach the situation with Finnigan and Candelario the same way the Angels did with the Rockies.

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