Report: Search for pitching targets Indians' Carrasco, Padres' Ross
That tick-tock sound you hear is the clock winding down on baseball's non-waiver trade deadline. The Cubs have yet to make a move, but the club appears determined to strengthen their pitching staff.
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Chicago has inquired about Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco. The Cubs have been linked to the San Diego Padres' Tyson Ross. Other reports have had the Cubs looking at Texas Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo.
The Chicago Tribune reported that if the Cubs don't land Ross or Carrasco they they will look to a group of less-heralded pitchers that includes soon-to-be free agents Ian Kennedy of the Padres and Dan Haren of the Marlins.
Carrasco (11-8 with a 4.03 ERA in 21 starts) is attractive to the Cubs because he is under contract through 2018 with two team options in 2019 and 2020 for at a reaonable $9 million and $9.5 million, respectively, according to the Tribune. Ross is under contract through 2017.
(h/t Chicago Tribune)