Cubs Trade Rumors: Cubs ‘Pushing’ for Orioles Reliever Brad Brach (Updated)


***Update #2***

Trent Giambrone (AA) and Luis Ayala (high-A) were pulled early from their respective games and Giambrone was seen hugging teammates. SiriusXM’s Craig Mish is reporting that the Marlins don’t seem to be involved, but reliever Brad Ziegler is a potential Cubs target and is expected to be moved prior to the deadline.

In a further development on a rumor we had addressed a few days ago, MASN’s Roch Kubatko tweets that the Cubs are “pushing” to acquire Orioles righty reliever Brad Brach. Though he’s not performing up to his All-Star form of a couple years ago, Brach may have legit bounceback potential.

Kubatko also mentions the Braves, who are said to be in the mix for the Rangers’ Keone Kela. Brach is sought-after as well, with the Pirates perhaps going into full-on buy mode to acquire both him and controllable starter Kevin Gausman.

But wait, weren’t the Cubs reportedly looking into a similar deal? Yes, yes they were. They’ve also been connected to Kela, for what it’s worth.

The moral of the story is that several top teams are going to be after several top relievers. Brach isn’t nearly as sexy as Kela, but he wouldn’t require nearly as much a return. Expect a lot of churn in these reports as the deadline draws near.

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