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Cubs scouts at Yankee games over the weekend


by - Senior Editor -

Cubs President Theo Epstein and general manager Ted Hoyer have reportedly been discussing potential trades for relief help before the trade deadline on August 1.

The Cubs have lost six out of their last seven games and it appears more and more plausible that the bullpen will be addressed in some capacity before the trade deadline.

Scouts from the Cubs watched Yankees relievers back in the second week of June and returned to Yankee stadium to get another look over the weekend according to the New York Post.

"On Friday night, the Cubs had three scouts watching Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman in a 5-3 win over the Twins at Yankee Stadium," nypost.com said. "The trio was headed by Cubs pro scouting director Jared Porter and pro scout Steve Boros. They returned Saturday when the trio went back-to-back-to-back and worked for the third time in four days during a 2-1 Yankees victory."

Let's take a peek at the potential relievers that the Yankees could be moving to the Cubs in the next month.

In 2016, flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman has a 1.93 ERA with 11 saves, 21 strikeouts with a 1.00 WHIP. He was suspended for the first thirty games of the season due to an off-season personal conduct policy violation. He is currently making $11.325 million and will be a free agent at the end of the year.

For his career, he has a 2.16 ERA with 157 saves, 567 strikeouts, and a 1.02 WHIP. He also holds the major league record all-time for the fastest pitch at 105 MPH.

Lefty reliever Andrew Miller is having a fantastic year with a 1.01 ERA with seven saves, 48 strikeouts, and a 0.68 WHIP. For his career, he has a 4.43 ERA with 44 saves, 638 strikeouts, and a 1.45 WHIP. He is under contract for the next two seasons, for $9 million annually.

Dellin Betances is 2-4 with a 3.23 ERA with 59 strikeouts and a 0.98 WHIP. For his career, he is 13-8 with a 1.99 ERA with ten saves, 337 strikeouts, and a 0.96 WHIP. He is under contract for $507,500 for the rest of the season.

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