MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs To Try & Acquire Big Bat At Deadline

As the 2024 MLB trade deadline approaches, the Chicago Cubs are poised to address a critical gap in their lineup: the need for a big bat. 

Jed Hoyer, the Cubs' president of baseball operations, has publicly emphasized the team’s need for more home-run power to fortify their offense and improve scoring efficiency. 

Recent performances have shown a stark deficiency in slugging percentage and home runs, positioning the Cubs to be active buyers in the market. They are particularly interested in enhancing positions where they've struggled, such as third base, catcher, and the outfield.

The potential trade targets to boost their lineup are diverse, but there's a strong inclination towards acquiring a power-hitting third baseman or an impactful outfielder. 

Speculation has linked the Cubs with players like Alex Bregman and Danny Jansen, indicating a serious pursuit of talent that can alter game outcomes with their hitting prowess, according to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors.

Despite getting off to a really slow start, Bregman is showing signs of life as of late, posting a .393 batting average, five home runs, and eight RBIs across his last seven games.

Jansen missed time earlier this season due to an injury, but he's been really solid when healthy, slashing .274/.352/.496, along with five home runs, 13 RBIs, and 19 runs scored across 33 games played this season.

However, the trading environment is challenging, with teams like the Astros and Blue Jays appearing reluctant to offload their stars. Despite these obstacles, the Cubs are exploring all avenues to secure a player capable of turning tight games in their favor.

Cody Bellinger’s versatility in playing both the outfield and first base provides the Cubs with additional flexibility in their acquisition strategy, as noted by Adams.

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