Yankees get Britton, where do the Cubs go from here?

Yankees get Britton, where do the Cubs go from here?

Despite the Cubs glaring need for a reliever like Zach Britton, MLB Insider Jon Heyman of Fancred is reporting that the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a trade sending Britton to the Bronx. 

The deal will reportedly include pitcher Dillon Tate, the Yankees No. 9 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

Now that Britton, arguably the best remaining reliever left on the market, is heading to New York the question becomes where do the Cubs go from here? Names like the Blue Jays J.A. Happ and the Rays Nathan Eovaldi have been linked to the Cubs throughout the month of July, but both are starters - which the Cubs do need - but the bullpen is still in need of an extra arm. 

Padres lefty-reliever Kirby Yates could make sense for the Cubs, making slightly over $1 mil via arbitration this season and is under team control through 2020. The 31-year-old Yates boasts a 1.40 ERA while striking out 50 batters and only walking 11 this season. Yates also happens to be throwing harder than he ever has through his four seasons in the MLB, topping out at 94.4 MPH, per Fangraphs

The Cubs could try and swing another cross-town trade for reliever Joakim Soria, who is having a solid season as the White Sox' closer with 15 saves and a 2.63 ERA. Another intriguing name from the South-Side would be starter James Shields, who despite his 4.26 ERA, is averaging a little over six innings per game for the White Sox and would be a quality innings-eater for the Cubs. 

The issue with Shields is that he is owed $16 million next season and with the Cubs already pushing up against the luxury tax, they would need the White Sox to eat a large chunk of salary - something that would cost the Cubs more in terms of prospects. 

The sad reality of the Cubs situation is despite the club needing impact arms, to acquire those arms teams want elite prospects or young, established players back in return. The Cubs farm system does not have anyone like Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez to sweeten trades and the team is reluctant to move players like Ian Happ, Addison Russell, or Victor Caratini as it would drastically hurt their roster depth. 

With a week separating the Cubs from the July 31st non-wavier trade deadline, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and the front office will have to get creative with their search for pitching depth. But the big trade target in Zach Britton is off the board, leaving the Cubs with few impact trade options. 

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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Cubs-Cardinals games in London officially canceled

Cubs-Cardinals games in London officially canceled

The Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals were set to play in London this June, but the COVID-19 outbreak and the uncertainty about the 2020 baseball season and schedule forced those games to be canceled.

The news had been reported by The Sun on March 26, and was practically a foregone conclusion anyway, but MLB made it official on Wednesday.

Information is thin here, but there are some subtleties worth pointing out. First, there are no details on if it will be rescheduled. There are too many uncertainties about baseball’s 2020 schedule and the availability of London Stadium going forward. England’s sports are also on hold and it’s not known when West Ham, the soccer team that plays at London Stadium, might need the stadium in the next couple years with the Premier League schedule also in flux for the foreseeable future.

Also, the wording in MLB’s announcement is canceled and not postponed. That doesn’t make it seem like there are plans to reschedule this. Even if they want to reschedule more games in London, it is a difficult time to plan a big event in a foreign country.

The games were originally scheduled for June 13 and 14. Last year, the Red Sox and Yankees played in London and the contract called for two years of games in London.