Chicago Cubs: 3 Potential trades with the New York Mets

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The Chicago Cubs begin a four-game series against the New York Mets on Thursday. Is there potential for a deal between the two teams this season?  Here are three potential trades with the Mets.

The Chicago Cubs struggled on the road last week when they went out west. After a short battle with the crosstown rival White Sox at Wrigley, the Cubs currently sit at 40-33. They welcome the New York Mets for a four-game series starting Thursday.

For the Mets, the season hasn’t gone quite as they expected. After a decent start, the team scuffled and had separate four-game and five-game losing streaks in May. The team is currently in third in the NL East, 8.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves.

Despite their GM remaining steadfast that the team won’t sell at the deadline, that thought becomes less and less likely as the Mets continue to drop games. With injuries piling up, it may be beneficial for the team’s front office to change course.

That’s where the Cubs come in. They’ve already made a big move to bolster their bullpen by adding prize free agent holdout Craig Kimbrel to a three-year, $43 million deal. Despite that addition, it’s never a bad idea for a team to stock up on relievers.

If the Cubs do make a big push at the deadline to acquire talent, I still believe their first priority will be relief pitching. The team may focus on adding a starter as well, but the team’s rotation is already pretty crowded.

The Mets are an interesting case because they have tradable stars, but were reluctant in the past to even make them available. The Cubs don’t need to go after the Mets’ prized starters, but there are a handful of other Mets players that could be nice additions to the north side.

I don’t think the Mets can convince themselves that they won’t be sellers at the deadline much longer. Here are three potential trades between the Cubs and Mets.