Chicago Cubs: Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels need pitching, pitching, and more pitching this offseason, though they could also use some help in their outfield mix, particularly with the departure of Kole Calhoun via free agency. Even though the team has Shohei Ohtani as a potential designated hitter, his health continues to be a concern, while the team could use another bat if/when he pitches.
A trade of Schwarber to the Angels would mean a reunion with his former Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who is now the Angels’ skipper. The immediate problem with a potential trade to the Angels is that they have little to offer in the way of young pitching to help the Cubs. Their top pitching prospect, Patrick Sandoval, could be ready this year, but he projects as a #4 type starter and is #9 on the Angels’ MLB prospect list.
In fact, the Angels don’t have much to offer in the way of any young players, pitchers or position players. There are two prospects that could be of interest to the Cubs: Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, both outfielders. Adell is one of the top prospects in all of baseball. He should be ready this year, but if the Angels want to make a win-now move, they may decide to part with Adell if it means adding an impact player to their major league roster.
It remains to be seen whether Schwarber would qualify. Marsh is also a nice prospect who should be ready in 2020 as well. However, would the Cubs trade Schwarber for two outfield prospects, even ones as good as Adell and Marsh? Probably not. So, even though Schwarber would be a nice addition to the Angels, it’s also hard to see these two teams coming together on a trade.