The Chicago Cubs appear to be inching closer and closer to being sellers at the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline this season and if they do, the team may connect with the New York Yankees on a deal.
The Cubs and Yankees are no strangers to working together at past deadlines.
In fact, in each of the past two MLB Trade Deadlines, the Cubs and Yankees have connected on deals. The Cubs sent first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees at the 2021 deadline in a deal that netted the team outfield prospect, Kevin Alcantara.
Last season, the Cubs cost-controlled reliever Scott Effross to the Yankees for starting pitching prospect Hayden Wesneski.
Based on the Yankees' needs this season as they look to remain in contention, the Cubs are an ideal trade partner once again.
Cubs' starting center fielder Cody Bellinger is a perfect match for the Yankees. Bellinger homered during the Cubs' weekend series against the Yankees to end the first half of the season and his swing demonstrated why he has the perfect approach for the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium.
Cubs' starting pitcher Marcus Stroman is also in a position where he may be the best available starting pitcher on the trade market. Though, given the history between the New York media and Stroman, the Cubs may want to do right by the veteran starting pitcher and move him to a team that he wants to pitch for.
With Miguel Amaya looking more and more likely to be the long-term starting catcher for the Cubs at the Major League level, veteran catcher Yan Gomes may have sneaky trade value at the deadline. Gomes, and his ability to manage a pitching staff, is the exact type of catcher that teams in contention like to target in-season.