Cubs Rumors: New York Yankees maintain interest in Kyle Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber has long been considered a fit for a team like the Yankees, but figuring out the logistics of a deal remains a difficulty.

Since 2016, people have speculated the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees could get together on a deal centered around Kyle Schwarber. More than a few folks project the slugger as a prototypical American League talent – one who will someday wind up serving as a designated hitter.

Could the Cubs have sent Schwarber to the Yankees for Aroldis Chapman in lieu of Gleyber Torres three years ago? What if they had swung a deal for then-Indians lefty Andrew Miller, sending Schwarber to the Tribe? We’ll never know. Playing the ‘what if’ game is dangerous and, ultimately, a pretty useless exercise.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required), while nothing is remotely close, New York has maintained its interest in Schwarber since 2016, saying, “at this moment there is no momentum, according to major-league sources, and chances are there will never be.”

Then why bother digging into it further? Because as we hear about the Cubs shopping guys like Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras, it stands to reason Chicago will entertain offers on other players, as well – including Schwarber. Making a deal work with New York, however, seems like a long shot barring some major changes in the Bronx.