Chicago Cubs: Five potential trades with the American League West

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In perhaps the most intriguing division in terms of past and potential future trades with the Cubs, our divisional trade series looks at a possible reunion in the American League West this week.

Some trades are about money. Some are about winning right now. Others are about winning in a few years. Sometimes, you’re just looking to bolster organizational depth. You know it and I know it. With that being said, we’re going to be going through each division with all of those possible trades in mind. Not for the Cubs per se, as my goal in every trade is to win.

I don’t really know (and probably never will) if that’s the order of the day for the Cubs front office, but that will be my goal. Every trade I propose will have the sole purpose of putting the Cubs in a better position to win now and possibly even going forward. You’re only promised today, so why worry about next year or 2022, right?

The first two editions in this division by division trade series (out of six) was the American League East and Central, but today it’s time to discuss some trades with the most friendly of any divisions in terms of recent Cub trades- the American League West.

Chock full of trade storylines both past and future, this division has bore fruit both rotten and ripe with the likes of Addison Russell (Athletics), Mike Montgomery (Mariners), Cole Hamels (Rangers), and Tony Kemp (Astros) all coming over to the Cubs via trades from the AL West.

Add into that already spicy and fertile divisional feeding grounds the somewhat familiar guy who now occupies the top step of the Angels top step, and this division might just engender the most intriguing trade targets and ideas yet. Shall we?

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