Cubs might have to take on a bloated contract in a trade
There’s been speculation the Padres could look to shed a contract of their own to get a deal done. One name that’s been tossed around is Wil Myers, whose contract pays him $22.5 million in both 2021 and 2022 and carries a $20 million team option with a $1 million buyout.
For the Cubs, that would mean payroll would actually go up for the next two years as Darvish is owed $22 million next season and $19 million in 2022. That tells me there has to be a strong prospect return in such a trade – which, again, is why a team like San Diego makes so much sense. Baseball America ranked the Padres’ system as the second-best in baseball back in August.
We’ll obviously be monitoring this closely – and I doubt this is the last team we see talking to the Cubs about their ace. But it’s clear we’re done just talking about change. It’s coming, whether you’re ready for it or not.