Chicago Cubs: Three blockbuster trades that could reshape the team

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Chicago Cubs: Could Thor and his hammer be coming soon?

As much as speculation has been rampant surrounding Bryant, Lindor, and Betts, Noah Syndergaard has faced his own rumor mill amongst the New York media over the past several seasons. “Thor” has had to withstand a barrage of hammers from fans, the media, and injuries during his tenure in The Big Apple, but one thing is for certain – when he’s right, very few guys are as good as Syndergaard.

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The Mets could decide that they need to move the big right-hander, either because of his injury history, or because of a potential haul in prospects. The Cubs and Mets have been connected regarding Syndergaard before, so why not make this happen finally?

Chances are, the Mets would want some pitching coming back, so Adbert Alzolay and Brailyn Marquez are on the table to start negotiations.  While the Cubs will be reticent to let either go because of their lack of homegrown pitching talent, a deal to land a guy like Syndergaard could assuage their fears and/or guilt.

And even though pitching prospects haven’t exactly been flowing in the Cubs pipeline, they have amassed a ton of high-upside arms in their system over the past few years.

If the Mets desire any of Kohl Franklin, Justin Steele, Ryan Jensen, or Tyson Miller, they can be parted with as well. If that doesn’t get the deal done, perhaps the deal gets reworked with one of Miguel Amaya or Victor Caratini as more of the centerpiece, meaning the Cubs keep more of their homegrown arms.

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Regardless of their desire or willingness to part with their own guys, the Cubs seem destined to make something happen this offseason. Why not start with one of these, or heck… even all three?