Chicago Cubs: Five potential trades to make with the National League West

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Chicago Cubs: These two would also look good in Cubbie blue together

If the Rockies are listening to offers for Arenado and the Cubs don’t want the Cardinals to grab the two-way star, maybe they make a power play of their own… that is, if the rumors of their lack of money have been greatly exaggerated. Which, they probably have not been considering this is year two and offseason of two of not doing much and not spending much.

However, let’s say the Cubs do make a play. They may need to trade their own All-Star third baseman (and former-MVP, to boot) Kris Bryant, or they may just need to move him into the outfield to try out the Bryant in the outfield on a permanent basis. Regardless of the way the Cubs go, what would it take for the Cubs to land Arenado with seven years of control? Colorado wants prospects no doubt, although the money coming off the books from Arenado’s deal means maybe not as much of a prospect haul as one might think.

If the Cubs start with Miguel Amaya and Adbert Alzolay, team those two top prospects with current MLB-ready players Ian Happ and David Bote, how much more would they need to get the trade done? One more prospect? Maybe they could move Jason Heyward as part of this deal?

Granted, even with the already-confirmed Arenado rumors swirling around and Bruce Levine’s own opine on a Cub Arenado deal, it’s highly unlikely this happens given the financial state of the Cubs and the moving parts this would require. But hey, it’s not my money- I’d love to see Arenado manning the hot corner and the Cubs figuring out a way to keep Bryant. A lineup with Baez, Bryant, Arenado, Rizzo, Schwarber, and Contreras would be scary good.