Cubs take one of the biggest trade chips off market amid winning streak

Jul 5, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Cody Bellinger (24) waves to fans from the dugout as they yell for an autograph as they get ready to take on the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

The Cubs’ decision takes the best available rental bat off the market, furthering limiting options for teams looking to upgrade their offense amid a thin market for position players. With Bellinger now off the market, it remains to be seen whether the Cubs will adopt a similar course of action regarding right-hander Marcus Stroman.


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