For much of the past month, the Chicago Cubs were seemingly operating on a game-by-game basis in regard to the direction that the team will take at the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline on August 1.
Each loss seemed to confirm that the Cubs were going to be sellers at the deadline while each victory left alive the faint hope that the team may be buyers.
That no longer may be the case.
The Cubs have won seven consecutive games and have inserted themselves directly in the National League Central and National League Wild Card race. The Cubs enter play on Saturday one game over the .500 mark on the season and 4.5 games out of first place in the National League Central. In terms of the wild card, the Cubs are 3.5 games out of the final spot.
The idea of the Cubs being exclusive sellers at the deadline should now be ruled out. The idea of the Cubs threading the needle between selling and buying may also now be able to be ruled out. The Cubs, with their recent play, should be solely in the buyer category as the deadline approaches on Tuesday.
That would be the reason why it is no surprise to see that Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that the team's front office may have changed in regard to the deadline.
Even prior to the Cubs getting to this point, recent reports had suggested that the team was not motivated to move Cody Bellinger at the deadline.
The same could not be said about Marcus Stroman given the price that teams are paying for starting pitching at the deadline.
The Cubs have proved to the front office that they are capable of competing in the weak NL Central division. The only thing that is left is for the front office to back the Cubs' play up by adding reinforcements at the deadline.