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Chicago Cubs: 5 bold moves to turn the team into World Series contenders

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Chicago Cubs: Jose Ramirez would be a stud at Wrigley

Even with the big tandem signing of Castellanos and Schwarber, the Cubs need “that guy” now that Bryant is no longer with the club. It may very well be that they have that guy playing in Iowa right now, but why not add to the uncertain timetable by going out and getting a guy who is certainly ready to put up elite production and anchor the top of the lineup? Heck, they may even want to extend him if they’re able to work out a deal after the trade.

I have no idea what it would cost, but with a now decent stockpile of prospects, my only big move that doesn’t require just money to come to fruition would be to trade for Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians. Ramirez is an All-Star third baseman who had actually filled in at shortstop and in the outfield earlier in his career. He has three top 3 MVP seasons, and is in the midst of another that will surely get him some down ballot votes once again.

Signed for two more years with $12 and $14 million club options, the 29-year-old could play third and use that DH slot along with the previous two guys we mentioned as a way to rest without resting. With the powerful Patrick Wisdom back, the Cubs have someone who can play a little third when Ramirez needs a day off or even shift out to the outfield to load up on matchups any given day.

This would be a big get for the Cubs, and as noted, I’m not sure what it would take to pry him away from Cleveland; but, as long as it doesn’t cost Christian Hernandez, Brennen Davis, or Brailyn Marquez, I think I’m good with leveraging our stockpile of prospects. Besides, Cleveland isn’t really good at keeping their guys anyhow. Wait a second…