Chicago Cubs Rumors: Incentive to buy at the MLB Trade Deadline

With their play over the course of the past week, the Chicago Cubs have provided an incentive to buy at the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline.

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St. Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs / Quinn Harris/GettyImages
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Given the inconsistencies of the Chicago Cubs season, the team has been living on a game-by-game basis in regard to the 2023 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline.

With each loss, it was settled, the Cubs were once again going to be sellers at the deadline.

With each victory, it was clear, the Cubs were going to return to being buyers at the deadline.

There is no doubt that last week's stretch of games was an important marker for the team's front office. The Cubs took two of three games from the Washington Nationals and then three of four games from the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cubs have made up ground, as well, in their quest to return to the .500 mark on the season and return to contention.

Entering play on Monday, the Cubs are 6.5 games out of first place in the National League Central and three games under the .500 mark on the season.

For the Cubs, it is pivotal that the team continues their momentum this week in their two-game series against the Chicago White Sox and four-game series against the Cardinals. With the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds squaring off in a three-game series this week, the Cubs are in a prime position to make up more ground as long as they don't come out flat against the White Sox.

With their play, the Cubs have reignited the discussion of the team actually being buyers at the deadline. That was the talk surrounding the team a couple of weeks ago but the team's front office kicked the can down the road instead of trying to jump the market and addressing their needs immediately.

The deadline is next Tuesday. The end of the road is approaching. The only course left is for the front office to add reinforcements and give the Cubs a legitimate shot. In the words of Theo Epstein, "Every season is sacred".

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