The Chicago Cubs and the Justin Verlander talks have stalled as the Cubs are deciding not to pursue Verlander any longer likely due to the asking price being incredibly high. But now there is a swerve here as the Cubs are now shifting their focus on fellow Tigers pitcher, Michael Fulmer.
The Chicago Cubs are serious about acquiring Fulmer as they offered outfielder Kyle Schwarber to try and acquire him. Kyle Schwarber has had a rough patch this season which lead to him being demoted to the minors shortly before the all-star break. The Chicago Cubs are in a battle in the central division as they currently sit at two games before .500 and are 5 games out from the first place Milwaukee Brewers. The Chicago Cubs recently have had issues with the backend of their rotation as they lost John Lackey, Brett Anderson and Kyle Hendricks, all of their DL stints lead into the start of the second half of the season. The addition of Michael Fulmer could be crucial for the Cubs as they will have another ace in their rotation and add depth to their sunken rotation outside of Lester and Arrieta.