The Chicago Cubs are without question buyers at the trade deadline this year and have already made one big trade. They acquired Mike Montgomery from the Seattle Mariners, which will be a huge help to their struggling bullpen. Now, Theo Epstein will look to add more pitching help as well as an extra bat.
According to a report from Jon Morosi, the Cubs are interested in acquiring Oakland Athletics’ outfielder Josh Reddick.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 22, 2016
Reddick has had a very solid all-around season with the Athletics. He has recorded a .300 batting average to go along with six home runs and 23 RBI’s. Obviously his numbers aren’t huge, but the Cubs don’t need to add a huge bat necessarily.
After seeing the struggles that the Cubs went through with Dexter Fowler and Jorge Soler’s injuries, they need as much depth as possible in the outfield. Albert Almora Jr. came up and performed very well, but a veteran player like Reddick would be much more valuable this season with the Cubs looking like legitimate World Series contenders.
There is no telling what the asking price is that Oakland is wanting in return for Reddick. He isn’t going to be a dirt cheap option, but should be more than affordable for the Cubs.
At 29-years-old, the Cubs would be acquiring a veteran who has just half a season left on his contract. He would be a half-season rental, which would make the Cubs less likely to trade a valuable prospect for him.
All of that being said, expect to hear plenty of rumors surrounding the Cubs as the deadline draws close. Reddick is certainly available for trade and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Athletics end up dealing him when everything is said and done.