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

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Chicago Cubs: Peralta and Ahmed and Ray- oh my!

If the Diamondbacks want to just figure out a way to ship Ketel Marte on over to the Cubs, we could make that happen and just call it a day. However, a guy that checks off about every box the Cubs could possibly want and think of also probably means he’d check those same boxes for every other team in baseball and cost a king’s ransom in return. So, that’s probably not gonna happen.

Back to reality, there are some names from the desert that may not be star level, but just a notch below that would garner interest from the Cubs. The Dbacks have three quality MLB vets in Robbie Ray, Nick Ahmed, and David Peralta who are all currently in their Arb3 seasons and haven’t signed extensions as of yet. With the lack of long-term clarity and assurances, perhaps Arizona would make them available for the right price. Also, with just a $100 million payroll, it’s also possible the Dbacks would be able to take on some money in the right deal.

Is this the team the Cubs could get to take on a Heyward contract? Would they be interested in getting rid of three quality MLB guys to go and make a splash with Bryant? I don’t have the answers on that, but my gut tells me they would have extended at least one of these guys if they wanted them to stick around past this season.