Often times when discussing the trade deadline we tend to look only at the moves a team made, especially when a team was as active as the Chicago Cubs were. But what about the moves that the team did not make? Was it a good decision not to trade certain pieces, or was there just not enough interest in those pieces. These are questions that can be asked of a team regardless of if they made moves at the deadline or not.
In the Cubs case, they were able to move quite a few pieces and get a good return for the future of the organization. Although they moved pieces, they still have a couple of players that could have value from now until the end of the season. In this piece, we will look at which players were not moved at the deadline, but could possibly be moved later on this season.
Schierholtz is one of the more intriguing players that the Cubs did not move at the deadline. He is having a horrendous season in which he is currently hitting a meager .195. Schierholtz is however just a year removed from having one of his better seasons as a big leaguer, a season in which he hit a career high 21 home runs and batted .251. Where Schierholtz’s value may lie is in a role in which he seems to excel at, which is as a pinch-hitter. Schierholtz is a career .293 hitter when coming off the bench, which would more than likely be his value to a contending team. He would provide a contending team with a good left-handed option off of the bench that has playoff experience, and has won a championship. If Schierholtz can somehow show some of his last year form, he could potentially be a trade candidate later this month.
In his first year with the Cubs, Wright is having a pretty good year. He has pitched to an ERA of 2.84 which is well below his career ERA of 4.20. Wright is also a player that has been dealt to a contender mid-season and has pitched in a pennant race last season with the Tampa Bay Rays. As we move closer towards the end of the season, teams will find that they may need a player or two to help down the stretch, and one of the most wanted commodities is a left-handed reliever. Wright has a career batting average against of .242 against lefties which shows that he is capable of getting lefties out although he is struggling somewhat with that this year. A positive for Wright is that he can also get right-handed batters out as they are hitting just .203 against him this season.
Given the nature of the game, and the ever changing rosters, there will surely be movement in August and the players above could be potential targets for teams. These players may not make the biggest impact, but they could certainly fill a need for contenders moving forward.