The Cubs were always going to be active on the trade market heading into the deadline, but one injury may have forced their hand.
Adbert Alzolay, the Cubs’ top pitching prospect, suffered a torn lat muscle and is out for the season.
No operation needed, but #Cubs GM Jed Hoyer says that top pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay is out for the rest of the season given the timing/nature of his lat injury.
— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) June 15, 2018
Chicago general manager Jed Hoyer talked about how losing Alzolay impacts the club Friday.
“We’ll be on the lookout for rotation depth and in the bullpen, no matter what, but this underscores that a little bit,” Hoyer told reporters, via ESPN.
With an injury to free-agent acquisition Yu Darvish and mediocre performances from Tyler Chatwood and Jose Quintana this season, Chicago could certainly improve its rotation.
Alzolay could have been the help they needed down the line, but he is not an option anymore.
Hoyer could do nothing and the team would be fine, however, if the last few seasons have been any indication, Chicago does not like to stand pat.
Losing Alzolay could get the Cubs actively looking to pick up a Cole Hamels or a Michael Fulmer.
However, with the lack of depth in the system due to trades over the last few years (Chicago already traded Gleyber Torres to the Yankees and Eloy Jiminez and Dylan Cease to the White Sox in the last two years), they simply may not have the ammunition to get a deal done for one of the big names.
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