Chicago Cubs: 3 trades to help the outfield in the offseason – #1: Kyle Schwarber
Where to even begin… Kyle Schwarber has only gotten better since leaving the Cubs. I, for one, personally think he never should have left in the first place but looking back on it now, it was moves like letting Schwarber walk and trading Darvish that were actually served as the catalyst for the immediate downfall of the Cubs in 2021 before the core was dismantled at the deadline. In hindsight, the plan seems to have been in place all along.
Schwarber in 2021 has been in complete beast-mode. He has slashed a combined .267/.367/.566 with 29 homers and 67 RBI. Keep in mind he has only played 93 games this year due to a hamstring injury that saw him miss over a month’s worth of games. Before his injury, he tied a modern MLB record by swatting 12 home runs in 10 games. The Baby Bambino was on a historic pace and will now look to finish out the season strong in a Red Sox uniform.
For his contract, Schwarber has a mutual option of $11 million for 2022 before hitting free agency in 2023. If the Cubs do decide to go the trade route via the offseason, bringing home Schwarber would not only be heart-warming for the fans after losing their core in a matter of two days at the trade deadline, but it he would be a solid addition to the team again in general.
He has not only kept his power stroke but has learned to hit for a higher average as well. With the universal DH more than likely coming to the NL in 2022, utilizing Schwarber in a DH role would be perfect for him. Especially in a ballpark and fan base that he is more than familiar with.