The Cubs tried to acquire a left-handed hitting outfielder before the non-waiver trade deadline. The Cubs were very interested in Josh Reddick and were connected heavily to the former A’s outfielder up to the time Billy Beane traded him to the Dodgers.
According to multiple reports, the A’s were looking for pitching in return for Reddick. And for as much depth as there is the system, the Cubs could not meet the A’s asking price for the veteran outfielder.
The Cubs were also linked to Jay Bruce, but the Reds were less than receptive about trading him to a team within the division.
Jed Hoyer acknowledged Tuesday that the Cubs may be forced to look for a left-handed bat with Tommy La Stella’s future with the team in question.
According to Comcast SportsNet, “the Cubs now might attempt to get a different deal done during the waiver period, given all the uncertainty about Tommy La Stella’s future.” Any players the Cubs acquire from outside the organization before Aug. 31 would be eligible for the post-season.
“In theory, yeah we do have to look for a bat,” Hoyer said Tuesday. “We have to think through things from an organizational standpoint. Having really good left-handed bats off the bench is important for us. We love our depth right now. That might not necessitate a move. Certainly, we have to look for left-handed bats so we are prepared for a good right-handed reliever late in the season.”
The Cubs have Chris Coghlan on the 40-man roster. Coghlan has not had the same amount of success of the bench as Tommy La Stella, especially against hard-throwing right-handed pitchers.
The best acquisition the Cubs could make this month would be for Jason Heyward to put his season-long issues behind him and just hit to his career averages in August (.297/.364/.494/.858), September (.263/.364/.385/.749) and October (.333/.391/.429/.820).
Rumors have yet to surface on which players the Cubs could be interested in but it will be difficult for the front office to acquire a left-handed bat this month that could play a significant role on Joe Maddon’s bench to pair with Matt Szczur.