The Cubs managed to limp into the All-Star Break with a slim .5 game lead in the NL Central, but serious reinforcements are needed if this team wants to make a run in the playoffs.
As such, reports suggest the Cubs have interest in acquiring Arizona Diamondbacks' outfielder David Peralta before the MLB Trade Deadline.
For the Diamondbacks this season, Peralta is hitting .289 with a .352 OBP and 44 RBIs. The outfielder would be a welcome addition to a Cubs team that hasn't won a series since early June.
Arizona is expected to be one of the few sellers at the deadline with valuable pieces. Peralta, Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray are the most obvious options that could net the Diamondbacks a substantive return.
After letting Patrick Corbin and AJ Pollack walk, while trading Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals in the offseason, the Diamondbacks came into the season without much expectation to compete in the NL West.
With the likelihood of a Wild Card spot looking bleak as the year progresses, selling Peralta to the Cubs at the deadline could jump start a rebuild for Arizona, while providing Chicago another capable bat.