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Cubs are reported to be 'deeply involved' in trade talks for Zach Britton

Cubs are reported to be 'deeply involved' in trade talks for Zach Britton

The Cubs and Orioles reliever Zach Britton are once again being linked to each other, according to Patrick Mooney of the Athletic

Despite the front office denying any big moves coming before the July 31st deadline, but the Cubs' interest in Britton from last year makes this one with the Orioles stick a bit more. And when taking a look at Britton's fit on the club, a deal involving the lefty-reliever makes too much sense not to be true. 

And according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Orioles are trying to wrap up the trade in the next few days. 

The Cubs did add reliever Jesse Chavez earlier this week, but Chavez profiles more as a swingman and less of the late-inning arm Britton has been over his eight-year career. Due to injuries, Zach Britton isn't the guy who teams saw dominant in '15 &'16 when he saved a combined 134 games for the Orioles. 

However, his 2018 numbers are encouraging for a guy coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon with a 3.68 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 14.2 IP. And when you factor in the pedigree the Cubs would be adding to the back end of the bullpen on top of his expiring deal at the end of 2018, it would make the Cubs bullpen lethal in the postseason. 

There will be other suitors for Britton who could likely offer more in terms of prospects in return, but if the Cubs are serious about adding someone like Britton, they could always dip into their MLB roster and part with a Victor Caratini-type player. Infielder David Bote has also impressed with his surprise season, showing he can contribute in multiple roles. 

But the Cubs would be solving essentially two issues with one guy in Britton, with his ability to close and experience in late-inning situations while also replacing Mike Montgomery in the bullpen, who may be staying in the rotation longer than expected. He's also an upgrade over Brian Duensing, who has been ineffective this season, and Randy Rosario who seems more like smoke and mirrors and has never pitched in the postseason. 

Jed Hoyer did say earlier this week the Cubs will be adding depth before the trade deadline, but the asking price for arguably the best available reliever remaining on the market could end up being too rich for the Cubs to stomach. But it clearly won't stop them from at least weighing all options. 

Fun facts about Cubs' Kyle Hendricks' nickname and golf game

Fun facts about Cubs' Kyle Hendricks' nickname and golf game

We’re nearing the eight-year mark of the trade that brought right-hander Kyle Hendricks to the North Side. That trade sent Ryan Dempster to the Rangers but almost didn’t happen — the Cubs nearly shipped the veteran right-hander to Atlanta.

Suffice to say, the Cubs are happy with the deal.

Hendricks is the Cubs’ most steady starter and signed a contract extension through 2025 last March. Here are a few things to know about him.

1. Hendricks grew up in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. and attended Capistrano Valley High School. The Angels drafted him in the 39th round of the 2008 draft, but he opted to attend college.

2. Hendricks attended Dartmouth, graduating in spring 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in economics modified by math. The Rangers drafted him in the eighth round in 2011, so he finished his studies across two fall terms while pitching in Texas’ and the Cubs’ farm systems.

3. Hendricks’ nickname is “The Professor,” a nod to his Ivy League education and his pitching style. It’s also one of former Cub Greg Maddux’s nicknames, and both he and Hendricks are soft-tossing, command pitchers.

4. He doesn’t play that much but Hendricks is a scratch golfer. His dad, John, qualified for the PGA Championship in 1991 and previously served as a teaching professional.

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Top 10 moments of Kris Bryant's Cubs career

Top 10 moments of Kris Bryant's Cubs career

Kris Bryant has racked up plenty of big accomplishments during his five-year MLB career. With Bryant's emergence came the Cubs' rise to annual contenders — and ultimately their first championship since 1908.

From regular season heroics to leaving a mark on the All-Star game to postseason glory, here's a look at the top moments of Bryant's career.

Top 10 moments of Kris Bryant's Cubs career

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