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MLB Rumor Central: Cubs shopping for lefty reliever?

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The Chicago Cubs are doing due diligence on possible trade targets and are open to adding “a stud left-handed setup man or closer” as the August 1 deadline approaches, reports Bruce Levine of CBSChicago.com.

“It’s still really early,” general manger Jed Hoyer told Levine, but there is more of an incentive to seek bullpen help given the recent struggles of southpaw Clayton Richard, who has an 8.00 ERA in 16 appearances.

The New York Yankees have a bullpen surplus, and there is ample speculation that closer Aroldis Chapman or setup man Andrew Miller could be dealt if the club is not in realistic playoff contention by the middle of the summer.

ESPN’s Buster Olney writes Friday there will be plenty of relief help available on the trade market, and his list of potentially available southpaws include Chapman, Miller and Oakland’s Sean Doolittle.

Current Cubs closer Hector Rondon has done everything asked of him in limited work, converting all nine of his save opportunities.