Chicago Cubs: Looking at Rays, Mets and Dodgers trade targets

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We are just two days out from the MLB trade deadline and the Chicago Cubs have slowly started their sale. Andrew Chafin was traded to the Oakland Athletics, following the trade of Joc Pederson, who was the first to go earlier in the month.

Craig Kimbrel and Kris Bryant are the highest-profile names left, along with guys like Zach Davies and Ryan Tepera, and potentially some others. Rumors have been flying for weeks and more teams seem to be jumping into the sweepstakes here at the finish line.

The market has been kind to the Cubs so far as they start their rebuild. Some of the names being thrown out for players like Bryant and Kimbrel are what the Cubs should be aiming for. The Rays, Dodgers and Mets have all been mentioned in the Kris Bryant sweepstakes, with Los Angeles also reportedly interested in Craig Kimbrel.

Chicago Cubs: Are the New York Mets a match for a Chicago star?

Mark Vientos – Double-A third baseman, .266/.342/.579, 18 HR

Ronny Mauricio – High-A shortstop, .247/.289/.459, 13 HR

J.T. Ginn – High-A pitcher, 2.44 ERA, 9 GS, 44 1/3 IP, 41 K, .201 BAA

Mark Vientos

Vientos is the Mets’ eighth-best prospect according to and has loads of power. The Cubs’ system really lacks in this area and he would immediately start to remedy that. His power numbers have increased every season in the minors after being drafted in the second round in 2019. He’s only striking out 23 percent of the time, so the contact is there. His future value according to Fangraphs is 50 on the 20-80 scale, which is an above average Major Leaguer and he is estimated to be in the big leagues within two years.

Vientos would fill the empty void created by Bryant from a power department, but the jury is out on his defense, and Bryant is a solid defender no matter where you put him. The Mets are an interesting trade partner here, and Vientos was one of the names mentioned in a recent Sports Illustrated report. Chicago should want to upgrade the system power, and this would be the first step.

Ronny Mauricio

Mauricio, ranked as the Met’s second-best prospect by, isn’t as prolific of a hitter as Vientos, but he’s only 20 years old and at High-A. The concerns here are that he doesn’t walk or slug, but the slugging has picked up this season, although he does hit the ball on the ground quite a bit. He is a highly projectable player and it’s understandable why the Cubs would want him. After all, a team can never have too many shortstops.

He is a switch-hitter and over the course of his career has done more damage from the left side, but this year his right-handed hitting has taken a step forward which could be key for development. Mauricio’s glove will keep him around the majors, but he has a bigger frame at 6’3, which may move him off shortstop. His ‘plus’ arm will play everywhere, and that’s an advantage. The tools are there, and maybe the Cubs think they can unlock more.

J.T. Ginn

A team can never have too much pitching, right? Ginn has been dominant with the Brooklyn Cyclones this year. The right-hander is ranked sixth in the Mets’ system, and this is his first professional season in any capacity and he’s still putting up gaudy numbers. He doesn’t walk anybody, and the Mets have had some success with pitchers in the past, so he’s getting some fine tutelage. He’s already been promoted from low-A to High-A and should continue ascending quickly if he keeps this up.

Ginn uses three pitches, the fastball sits 92-95 and has good sink to it. It can hit 97 at times when he gives max effort. The changeup is still developing and the slider has lots of movement and has gotten good reviews and could be seen as his “out” pitch. There is more room for development here and the Cubs love a good changeup, if he can get that developed he can raise his game to another level.