3 Biggest Team Needs for the Chicago Cubs Before the MLB Trade Deadline

CINCINNATI, OHIO - JUNE 28:   Jason Heyward #22 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with teammates after hitting a two run home run in the 7th inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 28, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

After a solid first half of the 2019 MLB season, the Chicago Cubs find themselves with a 45-38 record and leading the NL Central by one game over the Milwaukee Brewers. The fact that the Cubs look like they'll be competing for a playoff spot, has highlighted some of their roster's shortcomings, as it remains to be seen whether or not they have the pitching – or hitting for that matter – to make a deep playoff run.

Cole Hamels being sent to the Injured List this weekend did little to quell any of those concerns. Here are three players the Cubs should look into adding prior to the trade deadline:

3. Dee Gordon, OF, Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 18: Dee Gordon #9 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after getting called out in a double play at first base on a line drive out hit by Mac Williamson #12 of the Seattle Mariners during the second inning of a game at T-Mobile Park on June 18, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners | Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

The Seattle Mariners already started their fire sale, letting go of veterans Edwin Encarnacion and Jay Bruce. Dee Gordon could very well be the next Mariner to leave Seattle, and would be a great fit for the Cubs. The Cubs need more depth in the outfield, as they currently only have three outfielders on their active roster. Additionally, the Cubs could use the speed Gordon provides, as they only have 24 stolen bases halfway through the year – tied for 2nd to last in the majors.

2. Adam Jones, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Adam Jones #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a single in the top of the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on May 24, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants | Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

As stated above, the Cubs could use a fourth outfielder. They could also use another right-handed bat, as they are only hitting .239 against left-handed pitching this year. Adam Jones would help to solve both of these problems, as the five-time All-Star is hitting .281 against lefties this year.

1. Max Scherzer, SP, Washington Nationals

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 11: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers | Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

While the validity of these rumors remains to be seen, talk of a potential Max Scherzer trade should perk up the ears of any Cubs' fan. While Scherzer is having another solid year (7-5, 2.52 ERA), the Nationals are not (41-41, 3rd place in NL East). If the Nats are serious about moving him, Scherzer might have the most significant impact on the Cubs' chances of winning the World Series.

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