What do you give up?
So in this scenario, we’re past the potential trade hurdles.
Cueto has agreed not to opt-out, or Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have made it known a trade for the ace include him being around beyond 2017.
What is the reasonable asking price? No doubt the Giants are going to want a premium haul for the ace, and considering the contract doled out.
Similar to the reported Eloy Jimenez for Chris Archer rumors, the Giants could use any combination of Ian Happ, Albert Almora Jr., Eloy Jimenez, and the likes of Dylan Cease and Duane Underwood have also been previously mentioned. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario could also be of interest.
Those at least represent the larger names that could be offered in a trade.
Brian Sabean could have a lot to say with regards to just how many pieces he would offer up for the right deal. Ian Happ could be San Francisco’s future second baseman or play any of the outfield spots.
Let’s also not forget, Cueto is 31 years old. With a Cubs’ rotation potentially consisting of 34-year-old Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Mike Montgomery and Eddie Butler for now, what kind of commitment would the Cubs seek with Cueto?