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The Chicago Cubs made it clear they are planning for a deep playoff run after signing Craig Kimbrel last week. While it was important for the Cubs to address their need at closer, they still have holes on their roster that need to be fixed.
The Cubs have very little out of the pen in terms of left-handed relievers, as their two options at the moment, Kyle Ryan and Mike Montgomery, both have ERA's over 4.50 and WHIP's over 1.35. Additionally, the Cubs need to add some speed, as they currently rank dead last in all of baseball with only 16 total steals.
Here are three players likely to be traded before the season ends that the Cubs should target if they plan on playing deep into October.
3. Billy Hamilton, OF, Kansas City Royals
While Hamilton's .228 season batting average doesn't inspire much enthusiasm, he's the type of player who would make a big impact on the Cubs either coming off the bench as a pinch-runner or as a platoon starter that adds speed to the top of the Cubs' lineup. Hamilton averages 41 stolen bases per season, and more importantly, wouldn't cost the Cubs too much if they were to trade for him.
2. Matthew Boyd, SP, Detroit Tigers
While the Cubs' rotation has actually been solid this year, contributing to the fifth-best team ERA in the MLB (3.78), every team looking to make a deep playoff run knows they can never have enough pitching depth. Boyd has a 3.08 ERA with 105 strikeouts this year pitching for a Tigers team that is surely looking to boost its farm system as they are currently 18 games out of the AL Central.
1. Will Smith, RP, San Francisco Giants
Will Smith's effectiveness as a lefty out of the Giants' bullpen would be more discussed this year if he wasn't stuck on a team that is firmly in last place in its division. Smith has a 2.19 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and a 7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio this year. He is exactly the type of left-handed solution the Cubs are looking for out of the pen and would be a great trade fit if Chicago is willing to part with some of its young talent.
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