With a lull, to say the least, in MLB action, there's no better time to conjure up trades that could help both sides of the deal immediately. Veteran for veteran. Hole filler for specialist. You know, some nice win-wins.

With the Chicago Cubs' NL Central hopes pinned on finding the spark they've lacked, in many ways, since 2016, and the Mariners always willing to deal in an effort to spice up their farm, the two seem like natural partners in crime.

How's Mallex Smith for Tyler Chatwood and a prospect sound?