Chicago Cubs: Breaking down potential Ian Happ destinations
By Erik Mauro
Oh my, Happ’s power in the sandbox that is Camden Yards. It may become a reality, soon. The Cubs have reportedly talked to the Orioles about Zach Britton, according to Bruce Levine. There is more on that, right here. The Orioles floated Britton during the trade deadline last year, too, but ultimately, owner Peter Angelos decided to hang on to him. The last two seasons, the Cubs have traded for a dynamite, lockdown closer, in Aroldis Chapman, and then Wade Davis. Should they go this route again, Britton makes sense, but the Cubs don’t need him, and they should be wary.
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Britton had inflated numbers in 2017. A 2.89 ERA, with a 3.40 FIP, and a 0.6 WAR. This was his worst season as a reliever, also muddled in the middle of his season was injuries. Britton would also be a rental, and that might sway the Cubs away.
However, if the Cubs can get a controlled starter out of the deal, like say, a Kevin Gausman, then there may be something to it. Again, for somebody like Gausman or Britton, Happ should be the first player mentioned.