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Cubs might not be done adding, talking Josh Reddick trade

Thursday’s Say Hey, Baseball includes the latest Cub’ trade rumor, the Jonathan Lucroy market, and the time a hilarious thing happened to Jose Canseco.

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The Cubs are good, but they aren’t quite as good as their record: The team that started the year 25-6 has gone 35-34 since, so while they’ve likely got the NL Central locked up — not that this is a sure thing, given the Cardinals are only 6.5 back with two-plus months to go and are also the Cardinals — they would prefer to be better-prepared for the playoff opportunity that gives them. That’s why they traded for slash sold their souls for Aroldis Chapman earlier in the week, and also why they’re now talking a Josh Reddick trade with the A’s.

Reddick has no previous affiliation with the Cubs, but he was drafted with the Red Sox when that outfit was run by current Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. Epstein’s Sox also gave Reddick his first real chance(s) to stick in the majors, and now that Reddick is an established talent who can help on both sides of the ball, it’s no surprise that a reunion of sorts would be looked into.

Jason Heyward has been awful. Jorge Soler is on the disabled list, and hasn’t been helpful when he’s been healthy. Kyle Schwarber is out for the year. Willson Contreras has been useful bouncing all over the diamond, but adding an outfielder will allow him to keep doing that instead of locking him down in one spot. Reddick is one of a few outfielders the Cubs could trade for — Jay Bruce and Carlos Gonzalez are also on the market — but as a pending free agent, he might be the least expensive to acquire. Since Heyward isn’t expected to be awful forever and Schwarber will be back in 2017, a temporary solution like Reddick is the one that makes the most sense for Chicago.

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