Chicago Cubs: Three blockbuster trades that could reshape the team
With the great majority of talk surrounding the club’s unwillingness to spend in free agency, here are big three trades the Cubs could make this winter.
Over the course of the past two seasons, seemingly every conversation surrounding who the Cubs might acquire or trade for has centered around money. Granted, the financials have just a bit to do with business and, ultimately, the Cubs are a business. While many of us would like to think that sport and business shouldn’t have as much of a correlation as they do, it’s not our money, even if our money does support and allow the team, Wrigley Field and Wrigleyville to prosper.
Moving forward with the idea that money has been of utmost concern the past two years, it has become evident and highly likely that trades will be the way to change the course of this particular iteration of the franchise. If the club is going to change the disappointing endings to the last two years, something has to be done. Since it appears money will not be the fix, all fans can probably rule out the trifecta signing of Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon.
Instead, the Cubs should focus on smaller deals to improve not only their performance in 2020, but into the future as well. The North Siders may not have the plethora of prospects and phenoms they once did, there are still plenty of pieces to be dangled in trade.
Whether those pieces are major league-ready prospects, already somewhat proven major league caliber players, or bona-fide superstars, the Cubs have pieces to make deals happen – it just depends what they want those deals to look like and who wants to play ball in the trade market.
Let’s take a look at three trades the Cubs could, should, or might (but probably not, in reality) make this offseason – one for an MVP-caliber shortstop, one for an MVP outfielder and one for a Cy Young-caliber pitcher.