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July 24, 2017

They’re 8–1 since the All-Star break, they already got their big prize in lefty starter Jose Quintana, they’ve erased a sizable NL Central deficit to move into a tie for first place and any objective accounting of their talent would peg the Cubs as odds-on favorites to repeat as division champs.

That doesn’t mean Chicago is going to stop here. The team scouted Yu Darvish’s most recent start and would be motivated to acquire the Rangers' ace both for their own club and to keep him out of the Dodgers’ hands, as an NLCS rematch looms as a possibility. The Cubs are also said to be exploring the market for relievers, because as using a completely gassed Aroldis Chapman in Game 7 of the World Series last year demonstrated, a team can never have enough quality relief options at its disposal.

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