Bleacher Report sheds light on doomsday scenario facing Cubs at MLB Trade Deadline

The MLB Trade Deadline will only remind Chicago Cubs of what a failed season 2024 has been.
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In theory, the Chicago Cubs were going to use the 2024 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline as a way to fortify their needs while securing a post-season spot for the first time since 2020.

The issue for the Cubs and how Jed Hoyer constructed the 2024 roster is that they are a team that was designed to live on the margin. The margin of, if everything goes right, being the best team in the National League Central but lacking talent to compete with the teams at the top of the National League. If that was the scenario that played out, the Cubs would view the deadline as a way to close the gap from being a perceived division winner to a team with a legitimate shot at winning the World Series.

Instead, the Cubs are 37-41 on the season, trailing the Milwaukee Brewers by 8 games for first place in the National League Central. For all the disguised insults that Jed Hoyer wants to throw in our faces by saying that it is early, the Cubs are only 3 games away from being halfway done with their 2024 schedule. It's not early. it's getting late and in all honesty, it's probably too late for the Cubs to be in a position to make any move of consequence at the MLB Trade Deadline next month.

Kerry Miller of Bleacher Report agrees as they project the Cubs to "hold steady" at the deadline next month.

Much like their season, the 2024 MLB Trade Deadline will be boring for the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs are not good enough to warrant trading their top prospects for high-priced rentals and the contract status of the players they most likely would be willing to move prevents them being a legitimate seller. There is no other way to look at this season other than a colossal failure for Hoyer and the Cubs.

With his comfort on the margins, Hoyer has pinned himself in a corner by depending on a roster that needs every break in order to have a successful season. The Cubs' roster was poorly constructed and the breaks did not fall in the team's favor given the injuries and regression from the core players in the starting lineup. All this leads up to the resounding fact that Hoyer wasted the first year of Craig Counsell's five-year deal with the team.