Chicago Cubs Rumors: Local insider connects team to superstar sluggers

Cubs need a game-altering bat in their starting lineup.
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While Jed Hoyer remains confident in the current structure of the Chicago Cubs' offense, the fact remains that in their truest form, the Cubs are still a team that lacks a legitimate power hitter.

The Cubs' starting lineup is littered with players who can put together a quality plate appearance, which can result in a positive outcome, such as a walk or base hit, but it also lacks a true power hitter who can change the game with one swing.

Christopher Morel is the closest player who the Cubs have that fits that description but until his expected results match his actual results, Morel's offensive profile will always be a case of theory instead of reality.

For all the confidence that Hoyer may have in the team's starting lineup, the fact remains this team has lacked power since the 2021 Major League Baseball Trade deadline. Great teams can hit the ball over the fence routinely. Hoyer is likely aware of this fact and that is the reason why Patrick Mooney of The Athletic (Subscription Required) links the Cubs to three sluggers potentially available ahead of the trade deadline in July.

"The Cubs have almost two full months to circle back to the New York Mets about Pete Alonso, and see what the Toronto Blue Jays do with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, and monitor whether the Houston Astros make Alex Bregman available before he becomes a free agent."

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It still seems that in the case of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Alex Bregman, the idea of them being traded is still more of a speculative exercise should the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros decide to reset.

It remains likely for the Cubs that Pete Alonso would be the target at the deadline. The Mets likely will be sellers at the trade deadline for a second consecutive season and with Alonso set to become a free agent this winter, the Cubs likely re-engage in talks for their long-time target.