The Chicago Cubs have been rumored with Manny Machado, although no conversations have been had with the Baltimore Orioles (as far as we know). But we figured there might be something there if the Cubs wanted to pursue it.
This weekend, Jesse Rogers of ESPN proposed the possibility of the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles getting together on a trade. The target? Manny Machado, a free agent after this season. In turn, Addison Russell would be traded to the O’s–controllable for four more seasons.
Needless to say, most people were against the idea. Trade for one year of Machado for four years of Russell? Taking some of the points that were given, that’s still a horrible trade. But, there may be something to the chance of something developing between these two teams.
Let’s take a look at one trade that could work if the Cubs would be willing do it. First, you’d have to stomach trading one of the young stars in Russell. While you’d get a superstar in return (and a reliable one), it might only be for one year.