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The Chicago Cubs have pieces available if they wish to make a big trade

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October 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez (9) hits a three run home run in the second inning against St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the NLDS at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
October 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez (9) hits a three run home run in the second inning against St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the NLDS at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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Gleyber Torres

Mar 7, 2016; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs infielder Gleyber Torres looks on during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 7, 2016; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs infielder Gleyber Torres looks on during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /

Yes, Gleyber Torres is the Cubs’ top prospect and 41st best going into the 2016 season and is just 19 years old. He plays shortstop and will most likely start this season is Class-A Myrtle Beach.

Regardless of his age, prospect ranking and potential, there literally is nowhere for him to play on the Cubs now or in the future. Addison Russell is the shortstop presumably for the next decade and Báez will eventually play second base once Ben Zobrist retires. With Russell being just 22 years old and Báez being 23 years old, one can assume that the Cubs have their double play combination set in stone for the next decade.

Torres could potentially play outfield, but the Cubs have too many outfielders as is, including Schwarber, Soler, Fowler, Jason Heyward and even Kris Bryant The team also has 2012 first-round pick Albert Almora in Triple-A with the ever-stacked Iowa Cubs, Oakland Athletics’ 2013 first-round pick Billy McKinney in Double-A Tennessee and 2015 first-round pick Ian Happ in Class-A Eugene.

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Essentially, the only way that Torres will ever make an impact on the Cubs is if Russell or Báez implode and do not continue on the promising road of become a premier talent that they have showed flashes of in their short careers. Torres will be a great player, but it is hard to see him being one with the Cubs in Chicago.

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