Cubs: This latest Willson Contreras trade proposal is a hard pass

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Cubs could always use more young pitching – especially in this trade

The final part of this offer is Murphy, who would actually make sense as a starting point for the Cubs. However it would need to be Murphy-plus if the Giants want a shot at the Cubs’ backstop. Murphy is a fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft and has been stellar since making his professional baseball debut last season.

Through his first 26 games in the minors, Murphy holds a 2.59 ERA with a ridiculous 39.5 percent strikeout rate. As the Cubs are a team in dire need of pitching, Murphy actually fits the team’s big picture. Guys like Murphy can be a rare combination in terms of their overall future outlook, and his profile would fit the system well.

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Overall, it will end up taking a lot for a team to acquire Contreras however a lot less than most people think because, well, baseball. Ultimately it is now or never if the Cubs want to trade Contreras. He is having a career year and it only makes sense with guys waiting in the wings. Ultimately, however, its highly unlikely the Giants will be the landing point.