Chicago Cubs could trade Kyle Schwarber to one of these teams

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Chicago Cubs: Chicago White Sox

A lot of fans may cringe at the idea of Schwarber going to the other side of town, but of the teams on this list, the White Sox are probably in the best position to make a trade for Schwarber. With their signing of Yasmani Grandal and their re-signing of Jose Abreu, along with their farm system that has been graduating a lot of talent to the major league level, the White Sox are showing that they may be ready to contend in 2020.

Adding Schwarber’s bat would go a long way towards making that happen. They’re already set in left field with former Cubs farmhand Eloy Jimenez, but Schwarber would fit in nicely as a DH for them. That will especially be true if the White Sox decide to sell high and trade James McCann, who was their primary catcher in 2019.

The White Sox do have a young arm that would be a factor in any trade discussion and that is Michael Kopech. Despite the fact that he missed all of 2019 due to Tommy John surgery, he’s still considered to be one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball and should be ready to contribute at the big league level in 2020.

The White Sox have some young position players ready to make an impact in 2020 as well. Luis Robert is a top-of-the-line prospect for the outfield, but it would be hard to see the White Sox parting with him for Schwarber. Nick Madigral is also a nice prospect for second base, though the White Sox may want to hold onto him if they decide that light-hitting Gold Glover Yolmer Sanchez is not a long-term solution at second.

So how about Kopech, Madigral, and another prospect for Schwarber? That could be a match, if the White Sox decide they want to use their farm system for an immediate upgrade at the major league level. Whether they’d be willing to do that remains to be seen.

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So, as we can see from these three examples, it will be hard for the Chicago Cubs to find a trade partner in the American League for Kyle Schwarber. After exploring these options, perhaps Theo Epstein & Co. will decide that it is best to hold onto Schwarber for now, especially since his departure would leave a big void in left field. There’s no point in making a trade if there’s not one out there that makes sense.