By Jacob Kornhauser on July 20, 2014
The Chicago Cubs finally have enough prospects that they will be able to call themselves buyers in the near future. Whether it be through free agency or trades, here are five superstars who could end up on the Cubs by the 2015 season.
Masterson has really come into his own in the past two seasons. He's starting to look like an ace, but the Indians are likely to keep him through the season now, so the Cubs likely will have to try and sign him this offseason. Depending on his asking price, the Cubs could be willing to open their pocketbooks for a potential ace.
Scherzer, represented by agent Scott Boras, is in for a mega deal this offseason. There's a chance the Cubs could be the team to give it to him. They may still feel it's a year too soon to make such a huge move, but the Cubs would be wise to add an ace in the near future.
Lester is right in the heart of his prime and is headed for free agency. He fits into the Cubs' rotation well and the fact that he's a lefty makes him that much more attractive. There's a chance the Cubs could decide to make him their first big free-agent pickup.
Price is the most coveted trade piece in the major leagues in years. That's because he still has two years of team control past this season and he's pitching as well as anyone in baseball right now. The Cubs will only be in on him if he isn't traded until the offseason, which is a distinct possibility with the Rays currently surging.
What better way to make a move in the division than to steal a divisional foe's ace? If Gallardo jumped from the Brewers to the Cubs, it would give the Cubs the top-of-the-rotation guy they've been looking for. Appearing to just be entering his prime, Gallardo could give the Cubs' rotation a huge boost in 2015.
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