Chicago Cubs: But who has to go?
Any deal involving Diaz or Segura is likely to include a top-level Cubs prospect (such as Alzolay or 2018 first-round pick Nico Hoerner) plus a big-league piece. Luckily, the Cubs have depth in this department.
It is highly unlikely the Cubs will merely stand pat this offseason, but they are also somewhat handicapped by financial constraints. The trade market is an excellent way to navigate these issues while exploiting a deep roster to make immediate improvements to the club.
Regardless of whether or not a deal actually gets done, the options are certainly worth exploring. Chicago had success dealing with the Mariners in 2016 to acquire Mike Montgomery, now a crucial member of the pitching staff on the North Side.
Will they partner again? Only time will tell.