Chicago Cubs: Potential offensive targets for Cubs as offseason starts
Move via trade
This is a tough topic to discuss. The major problem with making a trade is giving up beloved assets. But, we know it is going to happen. In a discussion with media after the season ended, Theo Epstein said the Chicago Cubs are going to make a move. Of course, any move made is likely to be for pitching.
The free agent market for position players this offseason is rather weak. It may take a trade to get the bat the Cubs truly need. We can safely guess Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras are safe. Could Epstein send Kyle Schwarber to an AL team to be a DH? Or does Addison Russell find a new home? Those are questions to be answered.
To get someone who can help their lineup, the Cubs will need to trade. There are two players they could target. (Actually, they should target)
Number one: Christian Yelich.
No one really knows what to expect with the new ownership in Miami. Will there be a fire sale or do they hoard their talent in hopes to make a run in 2018? If they do sell, Yelich is a worthy target for the Cubs.
A career .290 hitter, Yelich is a solid middle-of-the-lineup batter. With men in scoring position, his line does not drop at all. The Cubs need that presence. He has experience leading off, but his career numbers are better when batting second or third.
A Jay-Bryant-Yelich-Rizzo-Contreras line would be deadly.