The Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays could make the season's biggest deal on Aug. 1.
The Cubs are trading starting pitcher Marcus Stroman, who has a 3.09 ERA in 122.1 innings. He will opt out and become a free agent following the season.
He is the ideal trade chip and certainly the best starting pitcher. Onto Waveland Podcast with Brett Taylor, Sahadev Sharma, and Patrick Mooney reports Rays interest in Stroman.
Rays need rotational help. Due to rotation ailments, they have started attending bullpen games.
They may provide Chicago a solid farm system and several promising possibilities. As the Cubs look to contend next season, their near MLB-ready choices may appeal.
Chicago started strong in the National League Central.
However, they are about a year ahead of the contending window and plan, so moving on from Stroman and Bellinger, who will be free agents at the conclusion of the season anyhow,
is more about taking advantage of their expiring resources than pulling the plug.
Despite losing star power every offseason, Tampa possesses a solid farm system that has kept them in contention for years