The Chicago Cubs have surprised many with their first half of the season so far. Expected to be somewhat of “sellers” after dealing Yu Darvish in the offseason and not giving extensions to Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, fans on the North Side were on edge entering the season.

Now, the Cubs are 37-27, tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for first in the NL Central and five games clear of both the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. The start to the year has already exceeded what many thought David Ross’ club would do, and now the Cubs need to build onto it. They have become a team that needs to legitimately add instead of subtract as the MLB Trade Deadline nears.

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Here are the best three trade targets for the Cubs as the MLB Trade Deadline approaches.

Max Scherzer

Why not think big? The Nationals are a mess (26-35, last place in the NL East) and just aren’t contenders this year. This could lead D.C. to selling at the deadline.

The issue currently is Scherzer exited his last start with a groin injury. Depending on the severity, the Cubs should continue to monitor his sitaution.

Scherzer has been up to his normal dominant self, posting an ERA of 2.21 in 13 starts while also having a K/9 of 12.1. Bluntly, Scherzer has been dominant again and has been so quietly as the Nationals have sputtered.

Adding Scherzer would give the Cubs the stopper they need in their rotation. They had one in Yu Darvish, but made the option to trade him this past offseason in a salary dump move. Now, the Cubbies are contenders in 2021, flipping the script on whatever plans were previously in place by the front office.

Putting Scherzer along with Kyle Hendricks as a 1-2 punch would immediately boost the Cubs’ rotation and provide them with a lot more stability.