Cubs Reportedly Not Inclined to Sign Marcus Stroman to a Pre-Deadline Extension

The Cubs really need a great start from Marcus Stroman today, as they look to take 3 of 4 in Milwaukee from the Brewers, and keep their hopes of avoiding a Trade Deadline sell-off alive.

The topics are not unrelated as a general matter, but also in the specific case of Stroman, who can opt out of his current deal and become a free agent at the end of the season. The better he pitches and the more the Cubs win in July, the less likely he is to be traded.

This all happens against the backdrop of Stroman’s public discussion of his desire to remain with the Cubs beyond this year and get an extension in place. It has been reported that the Cubs, who haven’t talked to Stroman yet about a new deal, would engage him – at least lightly – before the Trade Deadline, when he might be dealt.

But the latest is that, even if the Cubs did talk to Stroman and his reps to gauge things, an extension is very unlikely.

From Ken Rosenthal and Patrick Mooney: “The Chicago Cubs are not inclined to sign Marcus Stroman to a contract extension before the Aug. 1 trade deadline, sources told The Athletic, preferring to keep their options open and see how the team performs over the next month.”

That’s pretty straightforward.

Again, it’s conceivable that the Cubs get scorching hot, become obvious buyers, and something completely out of left field happens in talks with Stroman at the end of this month. But that seems wildly unlikely, especially because if the Cubs *DO* get super hot, then they know they won’t be trading Stroman away, and there’s no longer any rush to sign an extension by the August 1 Trade Deadline.

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Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

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