The Cubs are typically one of the more-active teams at the MLB's trade deadline, as Chicago attempts to bolster its roster ahead of a postseason run, and the same is expected to be true as we reach this afternoon's deadline.
Multiple MLB insiders are reporting that the Cubs are in talks to make a major trade involving a top relief pitcher.
Chicago and Miami have reportedly discussed a trade involving Brad Ziegler, a 38-year-old pitcher with a career ERA of less than 3.00. He's been struggling a bit this season, with an ERA close to 4.00, but he's a proven veteran who could help in a postseason series.
MLB insider Jon Morosi reported late on Monday night that talks between the Cubs and Marlins were progressing.
"Source: #Cubs moving closer to trade for #Marlins RHP Brad Ziegler. @MLB @MLBNetwork," he tweeted.
Fellow MLB insider Bob Nightengale reported this morning that the Cubs are expected to land a pitcher and it could very well be Ziegler.
"The Chicago #Cubs definitely will acquire another pitcher today, likely a reliever, and #Marlins closer Brad Ziegler remains the most likely target as the two teams are engaged in talks," he tweeted.
The MLB trade deadline is at 4 p.m. E.T. Stay tuned.