5 internal options that could prevent a Cubs' prospect overpay at the trade deadline

The Chicago Cubs have the prospect currency to make a splash at the trade deadline, but they could just as easily solve their problems through promotions.
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A swing-man that can be used as a 6th starter where necessary and long-relief option 

Hayden Wesneski RHP Iowa Cubs

Every team needs the ability to take care of their rotation as they start to get into the most important time of the year. The Cubs are in the middle of a stretch of sixteen straight days without a day off. During those times, it’s nice to be able to turn to a sixth rotation member to give the rotation a little bit of time to recover or to instead use him as a long-reliever to give a couple of bullpen guys an extra day.

Hayden Wesneski can be that guy. The Cubs have someone in Javier Assad that is already acting in a similar role, but at a time of the season when everyone is constantly looking for a new player that can put them over the top, Wesneski can bring that. He has the added benefit of not shaking up the chemistry as he started the year in Chicago before Kyle Hendricks made his return to the rotation.

If the Cubs were to call up Wesneski, Brown, and Little they’d be adding players to the roster that have long-term implications on the team's success and giving those players an opportunity to chase a division that is extremely gettable this year. Pitchers are the most competitive players on a team and to give these three a chance to quench that thirst for high-level competition can help determine what you have with the three of them. 

The closest player to this profile that the Cubs could have acquired would have been Jordan Montgomery who came with a price tag of two of the top fifteen Texas Rangers prospects.

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