By Jacob Kornhauser on April 28, 2014
The Cubs are rebuilding, and it seems to be working so far with several top prospects rising through the organization. However, the team can't bank on every one of those prospects panning out and needs to complement them with some veteran talent. There are a couple stars they could go out and get in the next year or so that could accelerate the team's timeline for contending for the playoffs. Here are five of those players.
The Cubs are very familiar with Gallardo who pitches for the Brewers within the division. He has ace type stuff and is just hitting his prime. Adding him to the rotation may be pricey, but it would be worth it to add pitching depth and grab a top of the rotation guy as the team hopes to be competing for division titles. Gallardo will be a free agent after this season.
Cruz is getting up there in age, but he can still hit for power and would be a solid mentor for some of the younger guys coming up. Signing the soon-to-be free agent to a two or three-year deal would make sense, as it wouldn't lock them with his contract long-term, but he could contribute when the team wanted to be competing.
Everyone already knew how good Stanton was, but he is playing like an MVP so far this season. He's been the best overall hitter in the National League, and he's really just now entering his prime. He would be well worth trading for, even if it included a couple top prospects, because Stanton is the real deal and would be a franchise cornerstone for the next decade.
Masterson is one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball, because he was a year or two late in realizing his potential. He's realized it now and has developed into a bona fide ace. That's surely something the Cubs could use right now, and adding him via free agency next winter would give the Cubs a better chance of winning in the near future.
Getting Price would likely require a trade of several top prospects, which could be costly, but it would also land the Cubs one of the best pitchers in baseball. Acquiring him may convince Jeff Samardzija to stay, which would give them a deadly 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation. A lot of things would have to fall into place to make this happen, but it would make the Cubs contenders in 2015.
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