Marcus Stroman has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball this season. The Chicago Cubs, meanwhile, have been a so-so team. They're currently 3.5 games back of the blazing hot Cincinnati Reds, who just took first place this week. But for all intents and purposes, it seems that the Cubs will be sellers, particularly with Stroman as the MLB trade deadline nears, and more so given that the two parties initially couldn't agree on a new contract. That may have changed, however.

Nonetheless, if a deal can't be worked out, then there are bound to be some potential suitors for the talented pitcher.

Stroman is in a class all on his own this season of potential pitchers to be traded. The right-hander is currently posting the leagues third-best ERA of 2.28 and sixth-best WHIP at 1.02. Like every MLB season nearing the trade deadline, teams will be looking for starting pitching to boost their rotations. But the market is limited this season, in both number and talent, which sets the Cubs in a prime position to essentially ask whatever they want for the 32-year-old.

Here are 3 teams that would be the best trade destinations for Stroman:


Texas Rangers

The recent injury to Jacob deGrom, the prized offseason acquisition of the Rangers, has put the team in a challenging position. With deGrom out after undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing upwards of a year, the Rangers find themselves in need of a reliable starting pitcher to bolster their rotation for the rest of the season and potentially the playoffs.

Despite deGrom's limited usage due to his injury even before the surgery announcement, the Rangers have managed to maintain an impressive record, becoming one of the best teams in all of baseball. This success can be attributed to the efforts of pitchers such as Nathan Eovaldi, Jon Gray, and Martin Perez, who have stepped up and carried the load in deGrom's absence. However, if making the playoffs are in mind (and why wouldn't they be?), the Rangers would benefit from acquiring a top-tier pitcher like Stroman.