(670 The Score) Whether the Cubs will buy or sell ahead of the trade deadline on July 30 is a million-dollar question in Chicago.
In the eyes of national baseball reporter Jon Morosi of MLB Network and Fox Sports, the answer is clear – the Cubs should hang onto their stars and look to add.
“With Kris Bryant, when you consider where the Cubs are at, not just in where the standings are now, but look at the Cardinals – they’ve lost five in a row,” Morosi said on the Parkins & Spiegel Show on Tuesday afternoon. “For the Cubs to be anything but at least a buyer – maybe they hold – but they can not sell. And to me, when you have this collection of players and they are so identifiable with the fan base, this is a generational group, they ended the curse together, you’ve got all these recognizable names, how could you possibly sell when they’re playing this well? So for me, Bryant has to stay for the balance of the year.”
Bryant, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Javier Baez are three iconic Cubs who are set to be free agents at season’s end, and there has been no progress on contract extension talks. Of those, Bryant has been the one whose name has most often landed in trade rumors, as he’s viewed as the most unlikely to re-sign in the eyes of many.
Those three have helped lead the Cubs to a 33-27 record, which is good for second place in the NL Central, a half-game back of the division-leading Brewers. The Cubs have gone 1-4 on their current West Coast road trip, which has featured tough competition against the Giants and Padres.