Ranking the 3 most valuable Cubs trade candidates
By Jake Misener
3 most valuable Cubs trade candidates: #1 – David Robertson
There are plenty of fair critiques one can dole out when it comes to the Cubs front office in recent years and where things went wrong. But you can’t say this group hasn’t been excellent at hitting on buy-low relievers in free agency.
The latest example is right-hander and former Yankees fireman David Robertson who, after tossing a cumulative 18 2/3 innings at the big league level since the end of 2018, has settled in nicely as Chicago’s closer this season.
Robertson has racked up 17 punchouts in his 11 appearances spanning 12 innings, working to a 2.83 FIP, 1.50 ERA and 0.750 WHIP in the process. He’s been as reliable as they come and, given he’s on just a one-year, $3.5 million deal, you can bet that, barring something going catastrophically wrong, he’s going to be traded this summer.
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Turning Robertson, a 37-year-old reliever near the end of his career, into long-term assets is a no-brainer for Chicago brass. For now, we can enjoy his dominance in the late innings, but know that this guy is a sure-fire trade candidate between now and the end of July.