Bucs Dugout's sister site in Chicago, Bleed Cubbie Blue, has a post this morning discussing the likelihood of a trade deadline deal with the Pirates (among other teams). While I think the assessment of our needs and whether the Cubs would be a good fit is generally pretty fair, I didn't see too much in their list of trade possibilities that interested me.
To wit, they offer the following scenarios:
• Nate Schierholtz for Nick Kingham;
• Nate Schierholtz for Josh Bell;
• Matt Garza and Nate Schierholtz for Gregory Polanco; and,
• David DeJesus for Tyler Glasnow.
I'd love to have Garza, but even if the Cubs pick up a bunch of his salary, he's still not a long-term option and I'm not trading Taillon's potential and affordability for a rent-a-pitcher. Schierholtz is an interesting piece, too, and I might consider a straight-up swap for Josh Bell, since there's no guarantee he makes it all the way to the majors. But I really hate dealing away potential power bats considering we have so few of them.