Chicago Cubs: Is Johnny Cueto a practical trade possibility?
Long term or bust
The current 2017 numbers notwithstanding, Johnny Cueto represents among the top arms available at the trade deadline. With the aforementioned opt-out reports, he would also surface among the top free agent starters.
More will come out regarding Cueto’s trade status, and just what each side, the Giants, and potential trade partners value in the event of a potential short-term rental.
From Chicago’s standpoint, it’s all or nothing.
As last year was about positioning to capture the World Series, this season is all about acquiring sustainable pitching.
It’s a hard pass if a trade for Cueto is a short-lived affair, with no guarantee of a long-term contract. As a potential free agent, the Chicago Cubs could sign Cueto for less than the cost of trading top prospects.
Because it’s only money right?