Cubs: Ian Happ trade scenario #1 – The Blue Jays add for the second half
In scenario one, Happ heads to Toronto for top pitching prospect, Ricky Tiedemann. Analyzing this trade, Happ comes in with a value of 24.4 according to Baseball Trade Values, while Tiedemann comes in at 22.9. Givens would be added here as a sweetener who has a mutual option for 2023 at just $3.5M.
The #62 prospect in MLB according to MLB Pipeline, Tiedemann has been dealing between Single and High-A this year with a combined ERA of 2.13 and 103 Ks across 67 2/3 innings pitched. At just 19 years old, he seems to be developing elite stuff in the minors and the Cubs would absolutely love to add even more solid arms to their farm system.
As reported by Brett Taylor at Bleacher Nation, the Blue Jays have already been connected to Happ, as they are in need of a left-handed bat to help balance their already stacked lineup. Bringing in Happ to a group that already features George Springer, Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Teoscar Hernandez would certainly make a statement. Happ’s switch-hitting ability and much improved bat from the right side of the dish only adds to his already better than ever value. I wouldn’t bet that the Cubs’ front office has received its last call from Toronto just yet.