Chicago Cubs Rumors: Looking at the Cubs’ potential trade pieces

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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 13: Ian Happ
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 13: Ian Happ /

Making everyone feel Happ-y

Happ has quietly put together a great rookie season, showing the world why he progressed through the minors so quickly. He also has valuable versatility, something that Joe Maddon covets in his players.

Happ’s slashing .257/.322/.519 with 13 homers in 59 games. He’s been a great addition to the team, even in a utility role. His power has been a nice surprise, since he was known as a contact hitter coming up through the minors.

However, like Almora he’s a luxury that if let go wouldn’t be that big of a deal. The team already has Báez and Zobrist, who can play all the positions Happ can play. Happ would also land the Cubs quite the haul, as he’s shown very early in his MLB career that he belongs.

Of course keeping Happ with the team would be great too. After all, he’ll be cheap for the next few seasons. However, the Cubs are in a win now mode, and Happ could be the odd man out.

Since Happ has played exceptional in his first two months in the big leagues, his hype has never been higher. If the Cubs strike now, who knows what they could get (a young starting pitcher perhaps?).