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Cubs could try to add another hitter for playoffs with Tommy La Stella's future uncertain

Cubs could try to add another hitter for playoffs with Tommy La Stella's future uncertain

The Cubs tried to add a left-handed hitter before the Aug. 1 trade deadline, but the Oakland A’s wanted young pitching in return for Josh Reddick and the Cincinnati Reds wouldn’t seriously consider trading Jay Bruce to a division rival.

The Cubs now might attempt to get a different deal done during the waiver period, given all the uncertainty about Tommy La Stella’s future and an Aug. 31 deadline where new players can still be eligible for a postseason roster.

“We have to think through things from the organization’s standpoint, and having really good left-handed bats potentially off the bench is really important for us,” general manager Jed Hoyer said before Tuesday’s 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field.

“As we look at things, we love our depth right now, and I think that may not necessitate a move. But certainly we would have to look for left-handed bats to make sure that we are prepared for a good right-handed reliever late in the season.”

The Cubs acquired Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 31 last year, adding a right-handed hitter, experienced playoff performer and defensively gifted outfielder to their bench.

The Cubs could make a similar move now that La Stella — a .295 hitter with a .388 on-base percentage in 122 plate appearances this season — refused to report to Triple-A Iowa, moved onto the temporarily inactive list after getting optioned on July 29 and told ESPN he’s contemplating retirement.

“We want him back, and we want him playing,” Hoyer said. “There’s no question he makes us a better team and a better organization. But we’re trying to think of him right now — and allow him the time to process what he needs to process to get back on the field.”

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.