If the Blue Jays decide to make a big push ahead of the trade deadline, they’d be wise to call the Chicago Cubs, who will likely end up as sellers this month now that they’re 8.5 back of the NL Central lead.
It’s been a good run for the Cubs with their current core, and they’ll always be fondly remembered in Chicago for breaking the 71-year World Series drought in 2016, but it’s clear the best days are behind this group. With that in mind, the franchise would be wise to move on from some of their talented veterans, especially those that are on expiring contracts in 2021.
Despite making two nice under-the-radar additions with Adam Cimber/Corey Dickerson and then Trevor Richards, the Blue Jays are still a team in need of a few upgrades. Specifically, their biggest need is in the bullpen, but there’s a solid argument that they should also address the starting rotation, and perhaps a couple of other spots on the field as well. It remains to be seen how aggressive Ross Atkins and his front office team will be this year, but there’s a strong argument for taking advantage of this talented group of hitters, and hopefully supplementing the roster in a few areas of weakness.
I’m sure Atkins is speaking to several GM’s around the game these days, but I hope he has Jed Hoyer on speed dial right now. The Cubs have several players that could be of significant interest to the Blue Jays, and depending on how big the trade proposal might end up being, they could even provide a one-stop shopping experience.
Let’s review what the Blue Jays need, and what the Cubbies might be selling.