Cubs have what others want
The Cubs possess an excess of major league caliber players, more than they have every day starting spots for. While the option to platoon, mix and match works in Joe Maddon‘s favor, it’s an opportunity to explore with regard to one of the Giants main weaknesses: Outfield defense.
For the Chicago Cubs to potentially land an ace such as Johnny Cueto, Ian Happ figures to be a desirable option on the Giants radar. The recent Cubs’ call-up has shown versatility being able to cover all three outfield spots, as well as playing 2B.
That could factor into the decision if they decide to move 2B Joe Panik who remains arbitration eligible, and has battled various ailments in recent seasons.
Then there’s third baseman Jeimer Candelario who is blocked in Iowa while playing in 11 combined MLB games between 2017 and 2016.