rumbles on Cody Bellinger, Marcus Stroman

We’re still a month and a half away from the Major League Baseball trade deadline, but there are already rumors as to whether the Chicago Cubs will be buyers or sellers on August 1.

The uncertainty comes as the Cubs are 29-37, five and a half games shy of first in the National League Central and six games shy of third wild card in the NL.

The team is 4-6 in its last 10 games, and it has a minus-5 point differential, which is by far one of the best marks in the National League this season.

Additionally, they have shown a willingness to sign contract extensions mid-season, which means decisions on several key players could potentially be a bit more complicated than previously thought.

That being said, here are the latest rumbles on the Cubs.

Marcus Stroman….a giant?

Marcus Stroman made waves recently when he revealed the Cubs have yet to engage him in contract extension talks, despite expressing his willingness to re-sign with the club.

The subject has gained momentum in recent weeks as Stroman has continued to throw well and it is expected that he could opt out of the third year of his contract with the Cubs for a day’s pay. more important during the off-season.

While staying with the Cubs can’t and shouldn’t be ruled out, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic (subscription required) recently wrote an article claiming that Stroman could be a good fit for the San Francisco Giants.

Baggarly presented a case both around the team’s current needs, as they only have three regular starters in their rotation, and Stroman’s past comments about the Giants after picking the Cubs in free agency before the season. 2022.

He highlighted some significant hurdles, particularly around Stroman’s salary and contract status.

Cody Bellinger a logical fit for champions?

In a recent story, MLB Trade Rumors explained that the Houston Astros would potentially be in the market for Cody Bellinger as the deadline approaches, and team general manager Dana Brown also said the club might be looking for a left-handed bat. the next few weeks, according to Sports Illustrated.

Bellinger’s case for joining Astros circles revolves around the team’s uncertainty over Yordan Alvarez’s health, as well as first baseman JosĂ© Abreu’s ongoing struggles.

Bellinger is currently in rehab in Iowa but had a strong season with the Cubs, batting .271, seven home runs and 20 RBIs.

He could potentially see time at first base upon his return, adding another interesting piece to the puzzle should the Astros acquire him by the deadline.

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