The trade winds are swirling and the Cubs are once again appearing in more trade rumors, as Chicago Sun-Times beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer reports the Cubs are in on talks involving starter J.A. Happ.
As rumors of pending Jays trade of J.A. Happ heat up, multiple sources confirm Cubs one of many teams in mix.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) July 25, 2018
The 35-year-old veteran is having an ok season sporting a 4.18 ERA, a 3.84 FIP, with a career-high 10.26 K/9 (strikeouts per nine innings). But the most enticing part of Happ to the Cubs is his innings total, averaging close to six innings per game, making it to at least the 6th inning or further in 10 of his 20 starts this season.
Happ isn't the front of the rotation arm that Jacob deGrom or Chris Archer are for their clubs, but Happ gives the Cubs an innings-eater with encouraging upside. Reports also surfaced Wednesday that the Blue Jays were also trying to move reliever Seunghwan Oh.
Oh just turned 36-years-old a few weeks ago, but the Japanese veteran is having an excellent season out of the bullpen for Toronto. His 2.68 ERA is best on the Blue Jays roster, and he's struck out 5.5 batters for every walk he's issued this year. Oh is exactly the type of underrated acquisition the Cubs love this time year and would profile nicely towards the back end of the bullpen.
With Nathan Eovaldi being traded from Tampa Bay to Boston Wednesday morning, teams are starting to get an idea what the going rate is for their assets and are looking to cash in their chips. The Cubs will have to hope they can convince a team to part with their arms for some mid-level farm talent or they might be left out in the cold this trade deadline season.