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Insider information suggests the Chicago Cubs will trade a fan-favorite player during the MLB trade deadline

Insider information suggests the Chicago Cubs will trade a fan-favorite player during the MLB trade deadline

Insider information suggests the Chicago Cubs will trade a fan-favorite player during the MLB trade deadline

The last place the Chicago Cubs could make moves in the next month that will disappoint the fan base. Cubs fans have been disappointed in more ways than one during this season, as they have certainly been one of the worst stories in Major League Baseball.

There are a few reasons for being in last place with a 39-46 record, but their lack of offseason moves is the biggest one.

Chicago made some good moves in the offseason, but it was clear they needed more. They relied heavily on offense to solve the problem, and after 80-plus games, that obviously wasn’t the right decision.

Jed Hoyer said last week that they could be sold at the deadline, perhaps the right decision given how everything has gone. He said the following, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

“This has certainly gone on a lot longer than we expected or hoped for,” Hoyer said. “We’ve got to play a lot better. We’ve dug ourselves a hole and we’ve got to dig ourselves out of it.”

“It’s important that we do this in the next 33 days or whatever time we have left until the deadline. Sometimes you have to make difficult decisions.”

Hoyer later added that it may not be the right time for the conversation, but acknowledged it could happen.

“I don’t think it’s the right time to talk about it, but it’s a fact that we have to play better in July,” he said. “We’ve got ourselves into a dead end.”

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand mentioned a player who hasn’t been the focus of many trade rumors, but who could make sense to move given his contract. Feinsand mentioned Ian Happ as a possible trade suitor for the Philadelphia Phillies.

“Adding an outfield hitter, like Luis Robert Jr., Ian Happ, Tommy Pham, would seem to be the highest priority for an otherwise well-rounded team.”

Happ, a proven veteran, could bring a decent haul. At the very least, if the Cubs are going to sell at the deadline, they need to be well-positioned to make moves during the offseason. Getting prospects back on these deals would help with that.

With arguably the best farm system in baseball already in place, Chicago would have even more to do to land a star during the fall and winter months.

What happens will depend on how they play in July, and if things continue that way, management will have some tough decisions to make.