(670 The Score) The Cubs have fallen from first place in the NL Central to 8.5 games behind the division-leading Brewers due to an ongoing 10-game losing streak that has dropped them below .500 at 42-43.
Once viewed as prospective buyers before the trade deadline, the Cubs now seem more certain to be selling players. And in the mind of Audacy Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman, no Cubs trade chip is more attractive than closer Craig Kimbrel, who was recently named an All-Star and has a 0.59 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 20 saves in 32 appearances this season.
"Kimbrel is the big one to me," Heyman said on the Mully & Haugh Show on 670 The Score on Tuesday morning. "I mean, that's the one that people are going to want the most. He's been one of the two or three best closers in the game this year, an All-Star, regained his form. They should be able to get a ton for him. It's a real seller's market.
"We have many anxious buyers and almost all of them are looking for pitching. So while (Kris) Bryant has been the bigger Cubs player, the bigger Cubs star, Kimbrel particularly with that extra option (team option for 2022).
"Kimbrel is the one they can get the most for."
The Cubs will look to end their losing streak when they host the Phillies on Tuesday evening at Wrigley Field. Pregame starts at 6:30 p.m. CT on 670 The Score.