Chicago Cubs fans can rule out this MLB Trade Deadline target

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The Chicago Cubs' blowout loss to the New York Mets on Friday at Wrigley Field was a reminder that the team likely will not make an aggressive buy at the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline next month.

Aggressive buy in the sense that the Cubs would be willing to include prospects at the top of their farm system in a trade to help the 2024 team make the post-season. The Cubs' play over the course of the last 50 games has proven that this team's roster was poorly constructed by Jed Hoyer and there should be no scenario where he tries to over-correct for that mistake at the trade deadline.

It would seem that a trade for Oakland Athletics' closer Mason Miller can officially be ruled out. Even in a season where the Cubs were a legitimate threat in the National League, trading for Miller wouldn't be easy considering he is under team control for five more seasons. To that end, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports that teams don't appear to be optimistic about their chances of acquiring Miller at the deadline.

Teams seem discouraged about their chances to land A’s star closer Mason Miller, who has five more years of team control.

-Jon Heyman, New York Post

While the Athletics will undoubtedly be sellers at the Trade Deadline, trading Miller wouldn't be logical for a team that makes a living on roster moves that lack logic.

Contending teams pay a high price for relievers at the trade deadline and Miller's status would require an offering of top-rated prospects. Miller is not the piece that would turn the Cubs' season around. Yes, he is an electric closer and the cost-certainty for the next five seasons makes Miller a dream trade target for many teams. The Cubs are not one of those teams considering adding a closer to this team's roster will not change the projection for the remainder of the season.

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