5 blockbuster trades the Cubs could, but won't make ahead of the trade deadline

The Cubs could change the entire landscape of power in the National League, but will instead opt for marginal improvements with an eye on 2024 and beyond.
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This year's MLB trade deadline is on Tuesday and the Chicago Cubs haven't made any move to add to a roster that forced the front office's hand with an eight-game win streak, the organization's longest since 2016.

Players are coming off the board quickly, with Joe Kelly returning to the Dodgers, Reynaldo Lopez going to Texas with Lance Lynn, and CJ Cron and Randal Grichuk heading to the Angels, who are going all-in as they try to finally get Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani to the postseason.

Jed Hoyer and Carter Hawkins will have to get creative if they hope to improve this roster for the final two months of the season and also keep their top-5 farm system intact. As excited as the fanbase is right now, we're not going to see blockbuster-level trades like ones that could net the following players.

5 blockbuster trades the Cubs won't make: #5 - Juan Soto

Juan Soto patrolling the Wrigley Field outfield. Seriously, it's what dreams are made of - especially if he's joined out there by Cody Bellinger. But it's not something that's going to come to fruition this year, no matter how badly the Cubs need an impact left-handed bat.

Soto, still somehow just 24 years old, will hit free agency following the 2024 campaign and the Cubs should be first in line for his services given his age and track record. But they're not about to decimate their farm system to land him for the next year-and-a-half, only to risk him walking in free agency after next season.

Soto's current club, the Padres, are in a similar spot as the Cubs - yet to make a move and saddling the line between buyers and sellers. Given the win-now moves that ownership group and front office have made, they'll probably add instead of subtract, in hopes of making a run, but it's still fun to think about a player of this caliber on the move.