Chicago Cubs: It’s time to expect the unexpected
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Expecting the unexpected has always been an element to Epstein’s game, but now has the potential to see it more than ever. As mentioned earlier moving players around to acquire new talent and help financial flexibility will require creativity and aggressiveness. We could see either a player we did not expect or want to get dealt, and/or get a return in a trade we did not expect.
While we know how valuable a player like Bryant or Contreras is to the team. That being said, their market value could look vastly different. What kind of return could Bryant bring? Seems like it would involve MLB-ready talent and prospects, but right now it is hard to give specific names. One could also see a player like Jason Heyward get dumped to clear some space which still seems unlikely because of how much he is making, but it is not impossible. Just as an example.
Right now there are way more questions than answers with endless possibilities. We know the entire core will not get traded away, but expect most of those guys to be involved in rumors and semi-serious to serious talks. Some rumors will not make sense and be quite aggravating while some will actually make more sense.
There will be moves and it is a matter of who over if at this point. If there is one thing to take away from this article, it is to be prepared for an incredibly exhausting offseason