Just in case there was any question at this point, even Cubs manager Joe Maddon is openly conceding that the Cubs figure to make some kind of trade before Monday’s July 31 Trade Deadline.
“If I had a bet, I would bet we would do something,” Maddon told MLB.com. “I don’t know if it will be an arm or not. I don’t know that. It’s a possible catcher, it’s a possible anything with our [front office]. I would imagine that something will happen.”
We know that the Cubs are in the market for a back-up catcher, as the front office has been pretty transparent about that. Further, while the bullpen has been excellent in the aggregate this year, they haven’t yet established in a clear way who the reliable 7th and 8th inning guys are going to be. Even if that’s not a type the Cubs target in the trade market, you could also pick up a quality reliever for depth right now, and then when rosters expand in September and the full 40-man is available, you can have a very robust bullpen. If you wait past July 31, acquiring a player becomes much more difficult because of the waiver process in August.
If the Cubs go for a relief arm, Maddon suggested to the Tribune that he wouldn’t mind another high-leverage type so that he could spread around that work a bit more.