Chicago Cubs: 3 trades to help the outfield this offseason

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Chicago Cubs: 3 trades to help the outfield in the offseason – #3: Adam Duvall

Let’s start things off with Adam Duvall, who has been crushing this season in both Miami and Atlanta. For the season, Duvall is slashing .227/.283/.486. Though his average is low, he has managed to launch 31 long balls while driving in a crazy-high National League-leading 94 RBI. He seems to be Mr. Clutch when it matters most in regards to driving in runners that are in scoring position, which is definitely something the Cubs have struggled with in recent years.

His contract is pretty simple. With a mutual option for 2022, the Braves can either pay him $7 million or pay his buyout which would cost $3 million. Duvall will hit unrestricted free agency in 2023 regardless.

Picking up a rental via trade would be a huge help to the order. With Frank Schwindel and Patrick Wisdom seemingly set to man the corners of the infield next season, picking up a power bat who is capable of leading the NL in runs batted in is the perfect remedy to a team that lost its core at the deadline.

Though he is a career .230 hitter, he has crushed when playing in Chicago. In Wrigley Field alone, he has a career slash of .280/.330/.570 with 7 home runs and 21 RBI. Giving him 81 games to play in Wrigley only further solidifies how well he would produce in a Cubs uniform and the hitter-friendly confines. Considering how well he has played in Wrigley, should he continue to do so if this scenario were to manifest, the Cubs could look to sign him to a short extension in the process.